|Grapes||Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, Merlot|
Both Gloria and Saint Pierre (both made in the same chai, as part of 'Domaines Henri Martin') are delightful this year, and both share a succulence of fruit which is rare in the vintage. Pretty definition and lovely succulent, juicy fruit with a sweet spicy complexity and a fresh length. Really delicious. L&S (Mar 2005)
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Year in and year out, there is rarely a better wine for the money than this dark garnet Gloria. The 2003 reveals a terrific nose of forest floor, cedarwood, Christmas fruitcake, spice box, black currants and cherries. The tannins are well-integrated, sweet and round. Medium-bodied, juicy, fresh and lively, this fully mature 2003 can be enjoyed over the next several years. 2014-2017 Rating: 91 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com(Aug 2014)
A sexy, smoky nose of tapenade, black cherry jam, cedar, and Asian spices soars from the glass of this expressive 2003. Once past the flamboyant aromatics, the wine reveals broad, expansive flavors, medium to full body, low acidity, and an undeniably exciting style. Consume it over the next decade. It is a sleeper of the vintage. Drink: 2006 - 2016 Rating: 90 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com(Mar 2005)
Château Gloria is an unclassified St-Julien property that produces clarets that equal in quality those from the more prestigious classed growths. Henri Martin, a cooper by upbringing, took over the property in 1942 and began purchasing plots of vineyards from classed growth properties such as Gruaud-Larose, Talbot, Lagrange and Léoville-Barton. By the mid 1960s he had 50 hectares spread across the appellation. In 1982 he purchased Château St-Pierre and thus realised his lifetime ambition of owning a Grand Cru Classé property. Henri Martin died in 1991 and Gloria is now run by his son-in-law Jean-Louis Triaud. The wine is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. It is aged in a combination of large oak foudres and small oak barrels (50% new). Gloria produces a wine that is typically deep in colour and rich, cassis-laden and cedary on the palate. It normally needs 7-10 years of bottle age to show at its best.
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