In the spring of 1999, Ets. Jean-Pierre MOUEIX purchased the Château CERTAN
GIRAUD from the eponymous family. The property was divided in two parts, one
of which was sold. The remaining acreage, located on the famous plateau of
Pomerol, was renamed HOSANNA, a name which evokes praise and acclamation. It faces Château PETRUS and lies between Château LAFLEUR and VIEUX Château CERTAN.
The beautiful red gravel soil has layers of clay; the vines are between 25 and 50 years of age, with an average of 40 years and quite a high percentage of Cabernet Franc.
Since the acquisition, extensive work has been carried out in the vineyard, including the installation of new drainage and wells.
Château HOSANNA marries elegance and depth and could become, thanks to the delicate touch of the Cabernet Franc, a feminine counterpart to Château PETRUS.
| Vinous 94 points (Jul 2013)
(14.5% alcohol): Good deep red. Sexy aromas of plum, raspberry, chocolate and tobacco. Superripe, lush and sweet, with a remarkably round texture to the concentrated flavors of red fruits, caramel, mocha, spices and iron. As creamy as this is, there’s solid underlying structure here from the wine’s cabernet franc component. Finishes plummy and very long, with palate-saturating sweetness.
Wine Spectator 95 points (Mar 31 2013)
A fleshy, alluring style, with strong structure, displaying plum, fig and boysenberry fruit laced with incense, Lapsang souchong tea and violet notes. Almost creamy, this features a thread of charcoal lending extra drive and depth on the finish. Seems to expand rapidly in the glass, boding well for cellaring. Best from 2017 through 2030. 1,150 cases made.-JM
Wine Advocate 96 points (Feb 2013)
This wine displays plenty of black raspberries, black currants, espresso roast, Asian soy and plum sauce along with some mocha and chocolate. Beautifully rich, firm, and full-bodied, with sweet but abundant tannins, this is a classy, noble style of wine that should be forgotten for at least 5-7 years and drunk over the following 20. Remarkably, the alcohol, like most of the wines in the J. P. Moueix stable of Pomerols and St.-Emilions, hit 14.5%.