The 2008 Hosanna comes from an era when I found Christian Moueix’s cru too heady for my personal taste. It felt as if it was always trying too hard. Now at a decade old, it has a ripe and quite concentrated bouquet with black cherry and menthol aromas, opulent compared to more recent vintages and perhaps not quite as complex. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe and rounded tannin, concentrated and opulent in style, brash but missing the finesse that Christian Moueix has imparted in more recent vintages. (Tasted at BI Wine & Spirit’s annual 10-Year On tasting.)
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2030
Robert Parker 95
Possibly as remarkable as both the 2009 and 2010, the 2008 Hosanna is one of the superstars of the vintage. Its dense plum/purple color is followed by aromas and flavors of spring flowers, black currants, boysenberries, white chocolate and forest floor. This irresistible, opulent, textured, fleshy 2008 should continue to drink well for 15-20+ years. Don-t miss it!
Anticipated maturity: 2011-2031