Despite its somewhat biblical name, Château Hosanna is a relatively recent creation, having only celebrated its first vintage in 1999. It had been part of a larger estate which Christian Moueix had snapped up the previous year, selling much of the land to Château Nénin, but keeping the best parts of the vineyards, which lie next to Lafleur-Pétrus and Certan de May, for Hosanna.
Christian’s father, Jean-Pierre Moueix, came to Bordeaux with his family in 1929 and settled in Libourne, a town just west of Saint-Emilion and just south of Pomerol, where he founded his négociant business in 1937. Throughout the 1950s he bought several well-known properties nearby. As well as Hosanna, the family properties now include Magdelaine and Bélair-Monange in Saint-Emilion, and Pétrus, La Fleur-Pétrus, Trotanoy and Lagrange in Pomerol.
Christian – who is also responsible for the exquisite Bordeaux-blend reds at Dominus Estate in California’s Napa Valley – became president of the company in 1991, and since 2003 he has run the family properties with his own son, Edouard. The company also bulk-buys grapes from other producers, which it ages and bottles under the Moueix name, and sources The Society’s Saint-Emilion and our Exhibition Pomerol.
Situated on Pomerol’s high plateau, Hosanna’s 4.5 hectares of vines have an average age of 40 years, and are planted in a mix of clay and red gravel.
Unlike most of Moueix’s Pomerol properties, Hosanna has a significant proportion of cabernet franc (usually 30% of the blend, the remainder being merlot) which makes it a wine of great finesse as well as power, to rival Cheval Blanc and Lafleur.
The wine spends 18 months in oak, half of it new, and can age for between 12 and 25 years.