2011 Cru Bourgeois Saint Julien
Good wholesome aromatic fruit. Delicacy and precision, red fruit with high-toned red currant, then a bit more depth. There's really a very attractive richness here. A little spice. Goes on well. Rating: 91-91 L&S (Apr 2012)
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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.
This estate continues to go from strength to strength. Another sleeper of the vintage, the 2011 is excellent, possibly outstanding. Its dense ruby/purple color is followed by abundant aromas of cassis, forest floor, tobacco leaf and a vague hint of oak. Ripe for the vintage with excellent texture, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel and a delicious, savory, broad appeal, this wine should drink well for at least a decade. Kudos to Jean-Louis Triaud, who seems to be doing better with this estate and his neighboring St.-Pierre than his beloved Bordeaux football team. 2012 - 2022 Rating: 89-91 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Apr 2012)
A blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot picked between 15th to 29th September and aged in 40% new oak, the Gloria 2011 has an intense bouquet of red and black fruit mixed with a ferrous scent that emerges only with 5-7 minutes aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with tensile tannins. It is a little pinched at the moment although it should blossom during its élevage as there is certainly good substance on the linear finish that exhibits a gentle grip. Fine. Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Apr 2012)
The blend this year is Cabernet Sauvignon 69%, Merlot 22%, Petit Verdot 5% and Cabernet Franc 4%. More dark fruit character here, complicated by a nutty richness, but the fruit purity is defined, lifted, stylish and scented. Bright and accessible and fresh. This is a really exciting and elegant wine. Rich, substantial and yet perfumed and interesting too. The tannins seem very correct and have a lightly spicy edge, the acidity meanwhile is fresh and substantial. This is really very good effort, both for Gloria and for the vintage. Rating: 15.5-16.5 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com (Apr 2012)
Light cherry-linctus sweetness. Light floral note. Gently and attractively fragrant. There's some chew here and fruit to hold the middle ground. Showing so much better balance than the Haut-Médocs just tasted. Juicy and polished. 2018-2026 Rating: 16.5 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2012)
Fine aromatic blackcurrant nose, broad fruit with good weight, quite velvety tannins and good future. Drink 2015-2025. Rating: 16.5 www.decanter.com (Apr 2012)
Mouthfilling and gutsy, a fun, rustic style with chewy plum, fig and blackberry backed by a very briary finish. Rating: 89-92 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator (Apr 2012)
Jean-Louis Triaud reckons his 2011 is not far behind the quality of his 2009 and 2010 releases and I think he’s right. Deeply coloured and very concentrated, with dense, textured tannins, smoky oak and sweet blackberry and liquorice notes that wouldn’t look out of place in a Syrah, this is more structured than Gloria often is. 10+ years. Rating: 94 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Apr 2012)
A wine with juicy blueberry and milk chocolate character. Medium to full body, with velvety tannins and a fresh finish. Round textured and satisfying. Rating: 89-90 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Apr 2012)
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