2018 Chateau Hosanna

Year: 2018
Appellation: Pomerol
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 95-98
Wine Advocate: 95-97
Vinous Media: 93-96
James Suckling: 95-96
Jeb Dunnuck: 97-99--Wine Enthusiast: 93-95--Jeff Leve: 96-98
Red Wine
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"This has a strong tobacco and loam aspect, with lots of black currant, fig and bitter cherry fruit. Shows heft and muscle throughout. Dense and built for the cellar. -J.M." (WS)

"The 2018 Hosanna is a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it is a little closed to begin, giving way to black and red plum preserves, wild blueberries and boysenberries with suggestions of forest floor, bouquet garni and Marmite toast. The medium to full-bodied palate delivers profound, mouth-coating black fruits with firm, velvety tannins and just enough freshness, finishing with a lingering herbal lift." (WA)

"I expected the 2018 Hosanna to be super-rich and flamboyant, but instead I am quite struck by how finessed it is. There is plenty of depth and intensity in the glass, but at the same time, Hosanna retains a level of both translucence and structure that make it wonderfully complete. My impression is that the 2018 is still holding quite a bit back in reserve, and that is a very good thing." (VM)

"This tension and focus to this is very impressive with a freshness and linear drive that really perk you up. Medium to full body, chewy yet polished tannins and a crisp finish." (JS)

"The inky purple/blue-colored 2018 Château Hosanna is 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, all from a tiny 11-acre vineyard of clay and gravelly soils in Pomerol. Close in quality to La Fleur Petrus and Trotanoy (also in the lineup from Christian Moueix), it has a magical bouquet of blue fruits, tobacco, scorched earth, graphite, and crushed stone that, despite coming from a deep, rich, primordial barrel sample, is still layered and complex. Full-bodied, deep, and seamless on the palate, with fine tannins, it's a profound Pomerol that's going to flirt with perfection on release." (JD)

"93–95. Barrel Sample. This finely structured offers rich tannins that are already well balanced. Big, black fruit flavors from Merlot still have to push through this dense structure, but all the elements are there in this concentrated wine." (WE)

"Truffle, chocolate, plum, smoke and earthy notes come through easily. Rich, full-bodied, silky, concentrated and loaded with polished, velvety, chocolate-drenched black cherries and truffle, this is exquisite. Give it 7-9 years before pulling a cork and this will be a cellar treasure." (JL)