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Château Hosanna, Pomerol, 2006

  Château Hosanna

Down 20% in volume from last year as the many very old vines on this property yielded a super-rich but limited crop, reducing the average yield to only 34hl/ha. Intense, dark ruby red; rich red berries on the nose, intermixed with raspberry, liquorice and vanilla. The palate is marked by considerable structure, a powerful meaty character with a concentrated, earthy complexity; the pure cherry and raspberry fruit is intense and rich, while tannins are very smooth, yet firm. Good balance and length on the finish.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Hosanna

Hosanna is usually the most exuberant and debauched of the J P Moueix wines. There is a hedonistic array of aromas with blackcurrant jam, notes of cherry liqueur chocolates, kirsch, eucalyptus and flowers. The fruit profile is intensely blue and black, with notes of huckleberry and black plum, sweet earth and exotic spice. It is lavish, sumptuous wine, which although impressive and rich has a lightness of touch and freshness to the fruit. It is framed by an impressive tannic structure and finishes with notes of Valrhona chocolate and pure loganberry fruit. 82% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Franc.

Appellation: Pomerol

Pomerol’s Merlot-dominated wines at their best are rich, seductive and silky. For hundreds of years Pomerol was considered as nothing but a satellite district of neighbouring St-Émilion to the east, and it was not really until not until the 1950s that Pomerol started its meteoric rise led by Château Petrus. By far the most dominant merchants in the region are Jean-Pierre Moueix who own or distribute the majority of the finest properties in Pomerol, the most renowned being Petrus.

Pomerol's finest wines originate from the highest parts of the plateau, which is predominantly gravel and clay, with an iron rich subsoil called crasse de fer.
Apparently as important in fashioning wines that are plump, voluptuous, and richly Merlot dominates plantings dramatically, though the notable exception is Vieux Château Certan, nearly half of their estate is devoted Cabernet Franc. Pomerol has no no official classification, but its small scale wines fetch some of the greatest prices for wine in the world. The regions greatest names are Pétrus, Lafleur, Certan de May, Hosanna, La Fleur de Gay, L'Église-Clinet, Le Pin, La Conseillante, Trotanoy, , L'Évangile, Latour-à-Pomerol, and Vieux-Ch-Certan

Grape Blend: Merlot | Cab. Franc

Cabernet Franc with its unique herb infused red berry fragrance, adds backbone and acidity to the sensual, round favours of Merlot. This is as tried and tested combination used in the vast majority of serious St Emilion and Pomerol blends.