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History

Situated in Libourne along the Dordogne River, the Etablissements Jean-Pierre Moueix, of which Château Hosanna is a part, was founded in 1937. It is internationally known for its expertise in the Bordeaux wines of Pomerol and Saint-Emilion.

The company began its history as a wine merchant, specializing in the wines from the right bank of Bordeaux. The founder, Jean-Pierre Moueix, became one of the most influential people of the area when he began investing in properties of the region in 1952. At this time, the vineyard owners had no control over the finished product, since the "négoce" (negociants) of Bordeaux controlled the bottling and the sales. Mr. Moueix understood the market and what needed to be done. He was a visionary. The company is now managed by his son, Christian.

 

Château Hosanna combines the depth and complexity of the great Pomerols with a unique elegance. Historically, the southern portion of the terrace of Pomerol was a “lieu dit” (locality) called “Certan.” The three neighboring properties were named after this locale when they were developed: Vieux Château Certan, Château Certan de May and Château Certan Giraud. Château Certan Giraud was the least well-known of the three. Christian Moueix, from the House of Ets. Jean-Pierre Moueix, understood the great potential of this yet unknown parcel and purchased the property in early 1999.

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Vineyards

Located in the center of the Pomerol plateau, this vineyard lies between the appellation’s most well-known properties; on the north side is Château Lafleur, to the east is Château Petrus and to the south are Vieux Château Certan and Château Certan de May. The vineyard originally had two parts. The first, located on top of the terrace of Pomerol, was of great interest to Christian Moueix and renamed Château Hosanna.

The second part was sold. The parcel is 11 acres, comprised of gravel and clay soil with a subsoil of clay and iron deposits. The vineyard is planted to 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. In the spring of 1999, Ets. Jean-Pierre Moueix made its first major improvement to the property: two 20’ wells were installed with underground pumps to eliminate excess water and improve the natural drainage. 25 years is the minimum age required for Cabernet Franc in order for the vines to become mature. On this estate, the Cabernet Franc vines are an average of 35 years old.18 months in French oak barrels of which 50% are new, hand-racked every 3 months

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Winemaking

The vineyard area extends 4.5 hectares with the grape varieties of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. The annual production averages 18,000 bottles of the Grand vin Château Hosanna.

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Inside information

The world of wine is first nature to Edouard Moueix who grew up with many Bordeaux harvests. He has immersed himself in the family business over the last 10 years. Edouard believes the core of producing wine begins with agriculture and how the land is cultivated. His passion for the terroir combined with the importance of tradition is a trait he inherited from his late grandfather, Jean-Pierre Moueix and father, Christian Moueix. He considers this combination along with the careful attention to detail to be the key to success in this business.

 

Higher education began with a move to California where he attended the University of California at Berkeley to study Marketing and later transferred to The European Business School in London. Edouard remained then in England, working for a wine distributor and continued along this path with a similar position in Paris. His early career was interrupted by the mandatory military service which each Frenchman had to fulfill. Following his release from the army, Edouard took a position with a Belgian shipping company but soon realized that his passion was in the wine industry. He joined the family business and began a career with Etablissements Jean-Pierre Moueix.

 

Edouard became an ambassador for his family’s wines and was sent to Japan to promote both the French and Californian wines within the portfolio. After a year, his focus then shifted to the U.S. market where he was given the responsibility of Sales Manager for the wines of Dominus Estate: Dominus and Napanook. Edouard returned to his native soils a few years ago and is deeply involved in the running of the family properties. In 2013, Edouard was promoted as Deputy General Manager.

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 Markus Del Monego MW/BWW2022-Best Germany Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Hosanna . In a tasting of  745 wines 

This years "en primeur" tasting seemed like a journey in time. Bordeaux is back to a more moderate alcohol level and the style is lighter and more elegant. One could say the wines are reminiscent of the 80s, however made with more experience and the modern techniques today. It is not a powerful vintage. The wines are elegant, however the well made ones have an excellent persistence, depth and length. They offer a convincing potential for a long ageing and promote elegance in Bordeaux again. It is a true vintage of terroir although there is a lot of talk about a vintners vintage. However, terroir was the decisive factor in 2021.


Professor Axel Marchal has presented the 10 key points of this vintage on the occasion of the Union des Grands Crus press tasting:


"1. The start of the growing season was marked by severe frost on the 7th and 8th of April.


2. Wet and gloomy weather in May slowed down the vine growth although a providential window of fine weather helped flowering unfold in ideal conditions in early June.


3. Thunderstorms in June slowed down the onset of water stress.


4: Cool, dull weather in July increased the threat of vine diseases.


5. Véraison (colour change) was observed in mid-August, while vine growth had not stopped yet.


6. Thanks to a cool summer, the dry white wines are brilliant, lively and aromatic.


7. The wonderful Indian Summer allowed the red grape varieties to ripen in ideal conditions and preserved aromas.


8. The Merlots are fresh and aromatic while the Cabernets from the finest terroirs are well-structured with good balance.


9. The development of Botrytis cinerea in Sauternes was delayed by the cool summer and eventually triggered by rainfall in mid-September.


10. Despite low yields, the botrytised sweet white wines are of excellent quality."


It will be exciting to see the evolution of this vintage which produced in many cases yields on a very low scale. Arguably it will be a vintage praised for it finesse in the future. A vintage rated on finesse and persistence rather than on sheer power and opulence.

4m 29d ago

 Jeff Leve, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Hosanna . In a tasting of  10 wines 

2020  Château Lafite Rothschild / The compelling nose, with its showy notes of lead pencil, tobacco leaf, cedar, cigar box, currants, spice and wet forest leaf comes through easily. The palate is pure silk in texture. Seamlessly moving from the beginning, middle and end, the wine is fresh, bright, long and intense. The purity in the fruit, paired with its energy and lift linger for more than 50 seconds. Refined, elegant, complex and compelling, if you have the patience to wait for 15-20 years before opining a bottle, this is going to be one of the great vintages for Lafite Rothschild.  The wine is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot 12.8% ABV. The harvest took place September 14 - October 4. With yields of 37 hectoliters per hectare, the Grand Vin represents 45% of the harvest. 97-99  Pts

9m 23d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW/BWW2022-Best Germany Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Hosanna . In a tasting of  650 wines 

2020 – the paradox vintage 


2020 began with mild temperatures even breaking temperature record highs at the beginning of February. These conditions led to a premature budbreak. Budding developed unevenly, very much depending on the locations although the coo and humid weather in April had not a very significant impact on slowing down the growth of the vines. Finally all the vines came into bloom at the end of May without any significant coulure or millerandage. At the start of June, frequent rain intensified the pressure of mildew. From mid-June, the weather changed. The whole Bordelais saw a period of very dry weather for two months. However, the earlier accumulation of water reserves prevented water stress. Around July 18 a heat wave began to build up but the cool nighty prevented water stress on the wines again. The veraison started at the end of July and went on till the beginning of August. The heatwave in August accentuated water stress, but shorter rainy episodes avoided a complete block. The dry and sunny weather in September encouraged the grapes maturity and harvest started on September 10 with a rather mild weather. Towards the middle of September, rain prevented the fruits from wilting but as its frequency was quite concerning, the haves was pushed forward. "Le diabolique" is the title given to this vintage by Véronique Sanders. It is a very special French word, which is not correctly translated with “diabolic” in English. In France, the expression means to overcome the devil. And the vintners succeeded. 2020 is clearly a vintner’s vintage which asked a permanent reinvention of the wineries, struggling hard with this difficult vintage. However, the vintage surprises with excellent wines, exemplary freshness and elegance and very dense structure. In former times it was said that the vine has to suffer to make exquisite wines, in this vintage the people have suffered to make a great wine. The first part of notes for this tasting with over 800 wines you will find today. More notes will follow over the coming days.

1y 4m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW/BWW2022-Best Germany Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Hosanna . In a tasting of  9 wines 

Todays tasting featured a series of wines from Jean-Pierre Moueix showing the great qualities of the terroir in the heart of Pomerol in this vintage. Especially Château Trotanoy was stunning.

2y 4m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW/BWW2022-Best Germany Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Hosanna . In a tasting of  100 wines 

Bordeaux 2018 - TOP 100 Wines. "The best vintage of my live" says Christian Moueix of the Ets. Jean Pierre Moueix in Libourne. In fact, 2018 is a vintage with wonderfully ripe tannins which taste almost sweet and are characterizing wine with excellent structured. However this vintage was everything else than easy-going. The first six months of the year saw the complete annual rainfall for the Bordeaux region, over 800mm. Mildew attacked the grapes, what meant a reduction in quantity but as the leaves have not been attacked the maturity process continued and the lower yields brought concentrated grapes. Another problem where hailstorms bringing further damage. Some Châteaux like Château Guiraud have lost the complete harvest. "We went from hell to heaven" summarizes Véronique Sanders from Château Haut-Bailly in Pessac-Léognan the vintage. After the deluge in the first half of 2018, there was a dramatic change for the second half bringing great, dry weather with a lot of sun. The partially high daily temperatures were in change with lower night temperatures and created a tension for aromatic wines. The correct amount of extraction and maceration was crucial and some vintners have changed their maceration processes and made great wines with a lot of freshness. These vintners are amongst the winners of the vintage. If 2018 will belong to the greatest vintages in Bordeaux for the overall production might show the future. However already today there is a number of Châteaux performing 

3y 6m ago

 Sho-Chieh Tsiang / Sommelier, Pro (China)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Hosanna . In a tasting of  15 wines 

Château Lafleur 2009 / 99 points / Intense both in colour and on the nose, with characteristic aromas of smoke, liquorice, truffles and autumn fruits. A great achievement for this vintage, well-rounded and rich with lively acidity. The finish is long, pure and elegant with hints of dark chocolate, blackberries and cassis.

3y 10m ago

 Makoto Abe, Sommelier (Japan)  tasted  4 wines  from  Château Hosanna . In a tasting of  23 wines 

Trotanoy 2013 - The nose is typical Trotanoy and also beautifully concentrated due to the fact that only half the crop made the selection for this wine. One of the best wines of the vintage. Fruity, with aromas of liquorice, mocha and truffles on the nose. Flavours of cherry, cassis and a touch of minerality on the palate. A classical long finish. 92 points

3y 11m ago

 Zhao Dao Lee / Wine Importer, Wine Importer (China)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Hosanna . In a tasting of  27 wines 

Latour 2017 is an extraordinary wine, it is a shining example of the best its appellation can produce. The wine is deep in colour and has a concentrated, powerful bouquet. It is full-bodied on the palate, with a strong personality. An eminently attractive wine!

4y 5m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW/BWW2022-Best Germany Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Hosanna . In a tasting of  88 wines 

2017 is a vintage bringing back Bordeaux to its roots, offering a very classic wine style with lower alcohol levels than in the previous years but with often excellent aromatic expression. 2015 and 2016 have surely been better vintages than last year, but based on a first impression 2017 seems to be better than 2014. The evolution will show, that 2017 is far from becoming a "forgotten vintage". Some nice surprises will be waiting for us.

4y 5m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW/BWW2022-Best Germany Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Hosanna . In a tasting of  272 wines 

BORDEAUX VINTAGE 2016 / Tasting "en primeur" is a challenge every year. The wines tasted are showing a tendency only and it is still the beginning of a longer process of evolution and maturation in the barrels. There might be some changes during the next year and a half until the wines will be bottled, but already today the tendency is quite clear. For most of the red wines it will be an outstanding vintage, a vintage for Cabernet, old vines, limestone and clay soil. It was a challenging year for the vintners. An incredibly wet spring was worrying the winegrowers and at the beginning of June, the spirits were down. However warm and dry weather between June 3 and June 11 creating an close to ideal situation for the flowering and good weather conditions starting in mid June changed the nature of the vintage. The fine weather continued into July and August. The month of August was featuring hot weather and a remarkable amount of sunshine but the absence of rain let to water stress. Heavy rain in mid September set an end to water stress and when the sun returned on September 20 the vintage was saved as there was excellent weather till to the end of the harvest. The effects were various. the white wines are on a good quality level and display fruit and flavour but the acidity is lower than in previous vintages and the white wines show an opulent and rather soft style. The noble sweet wines are extremely pure and are more on the rich and powerful side than on the freshness. For the red wines originating from the right terroirs and old vines, the vintage an be called outstanding. Water stress was managed well on limestone and clay terroirs, Cabernet varieties did extremely well and old vines found water even during the stressful dry periods of summer. In some few red wines the tannins are slightly harsh, almost bitter, a result of water stress and/or intense extraction. In general the red wines are on an excellent level with an advantage for the left bank, mainly the Médoc area, and the classic great terroirs of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. 

5y 5m ago

 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Hosanna . In a tasting of  64 wines 

98 wines tasted from Pomerol 2016 vintage, a stunning vintage for the appelation. Petrus might be the wine of the vintage, such finesse! But many others as well. Le Pin, La Conseillante, Clinet, Gazin, Petit Village, Lafleur, L'Evangile, VCC, La Fleur-Pétrus, Trotanoy, L'Eglise-Clinet and many more made stunning wines. Gazin made the best wine they ever did, same with Nenin. Pomerols are beyond seductive in 2016.

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