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2009 Chateau Fourcas Hosten
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- Cellar Drink Now - 6 years (2013-2019)
- ABV 14%
- Closure: Cork
The village of Listrac is often forgotten on the Medoc wine route, lacking the grandeur and fame of villages like Margaux to the South and Saint Julien to the North. Despite its disadvantaged location off the main chateaux road, some of Listrac's estates and terroirs more than compensate for the shortfall in PR and visual impact. Fourcas Hosten is one, often producing wines that punch well above their weight.
In the hands of an American syndicate, headed by Peter Sichel between 1971 and 2006, Fourcas Hosten has established a strong reputation for top value Bordeaux. A surprise change of ownership in 2006 transferred the Estate to the Monmeja family (the family behind the famous Hermes couture brand) on an "impulse purchase" by brothers Laurent and Renaud. The 2009 Fourcas Hosten, as with many of the Medoc Peninsula wines, provides a muscular vision of the Listrac appellation, comparable to some mid to high end New World Bordeaux blends. It should be a no brainer for winelovers looking for expressive, early drinking.
A Merlot - Cabernet Sauvignon blend, the 2009 Fourcas Hosten shows an opaque black dark purple colour with very dark purple red hue. The nose offers excellent intensity with lifted scents of ripe dark mulberry intermixed with some toasty cedar and tobacco like notes followed by hints of earth and spice. Medium bodied, the palate possesses generous blackcurrant and dark mulberry flavours overlaid with some toasty cigar box like characteristics, followed by earth with some spice on the dryish finish. Velvet smooth tannins. Good depth with medium to long earthy blackcurrant, dark mulberry and spicy cedar aftertaste.
Enjoy this steal over the next 5-6 years (2013-2019).
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