Chateau Fourcas Hosten 2016

Chateau Fourcas Hosten 2016

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Wine Spectator: 89
A light iron spine runs through a core of damson plum and bitter cherry fruit. Understated but focused, with an unadorned finish. Drink now through 2023. 12,500 cases made, 500 cases imported.
Wine Advocate: 87
The 2016 Fourcas-Hosten is a blend of 55% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Cabernet Franc. It has a crisp cedar and tobacco-scented bouquet with blackberry and fresh fig emerging in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fresh acidity, supple in the mouth with good weight, but just missing a little complexity on the finish.
Decanter: 92
I have been consistently impressed with the efforts and investment happening at this property since the Mommeja brothers took over (with Renaud very much taking the lead). This is tightly drawn and austere right now but the elements are all in place, showing good dark fruits, fresh acidity running through the palate, and rich, well integrated tannins. Good potential. Planted to 53% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon with the rest Cabernet Franc. Drinking Window 2025 - 2038.
Wine Enthusiast: 92
Barrel Sample. This wine has a ripe core, rich in black fruit tones and firm tannins. It is a structured wine, but at the same time it has supporting black-fruit flavors at the center. It should age well, and will probably be ready to drink after 2025.
James Suckling: 90
A linear and fresh red with currant, raspberry and lemon aromas and flavors, following through to a medium body, firm tannins and a bright finish. A blend of merlot and cabernet sauvignon. Drink or hold.