2006 Cru Bourgeois Saint Julien
Sweet attack and interesting umami - savory and sweet, plummy, very, very attractive. Quite powerful. Rating: 89-89 L&S (Apr 2007)
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Having only being created in the first half of C20, Gloria remains a Cru Bourgeois rather than being part of that 1855 hierarchy we refer to in the introduction. Whatever its classification, Gloria's elegance can be in no doubt. This is an immensely charming ready-to-drink claret that's made from 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and 5% of both Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It has sensual leathery, smoke-tinged blackcurrant fruit and although at its peak now, it shows no sign of falling over just yet as those tannins, supple as they, are still on very fine form. Rating: 92 www.thewinegang.com (Aug 2014)
(a blend of 57% cabernet sauvignon, 32% merlot, 6% petit verdot and 5% cabernet franc) Good deep ruby-red. Savory aromas of currant, spices and earth. Lush and ripe, with sweet currant, plum and floral flavors. Finishes with substantial but ripe tannins. This has good, clean fruit. Rating: 86-89 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (May 2007)
Lots of rich fruit, with fresh plum, coffee and berry character. Full-bodied, with tannins that build on your palate and follow through. Well structured. The best Gloria in a long time. Rating: 89-91 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator (May 2007)
Gloria has been producing terrific wines over recent vintages. The 2006 is a slightly more structured effort than the fleshy 2005, but it offers a deep ruby/purple color as well as loads of black cherry and currant fruit interwoven with notes of cedar, herbs, and spice. A major sleeper of the vintage, it is dense, rich, and surprisingly opulent with admirable fruit purity and an enticing texture. It should drink well young, yet evolve for 15+ years. Rating: 89-91 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (May 2007)
Deep colour, fine fragrant fruit, lovely extraction of Saint-Julien fruit with fleshy/earthy overtones, a touch of violets, pure and long. 2012-20. Rating: **** www.decanter.com (Apr 2007)
Thick and shiny and pointu - a bit harsh though it is trying desperately to cover this up. A bit gawky. Short. 2014-18 Rating: 15.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2007)
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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