This is only the fifth vintage made under this name from the vineyard formerly known as Certan-Giraud, but it has already stacked up an impressive back catalogue of triumphant successes. Only 10ha of the whole property go into the wine, made up of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, and despite the large investments that have been made both in the winery and vineyard, the Moueix mantra of tradition and purity hold sway. The result in 2003 is stunning: a big, powerful nose introduces intense, sweet, almost minty fruit on the palate, which shows meaty complexity and great overall richness. This is full-bodied Merlot, powerful yet balanced, with a grace that comes from respect of the terroir and the grape. There is good acidity, great purity and clarity of fruit, and a very long finish. Very impressive!
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.
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