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 L&S (Apr 2012)
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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 Saint 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.vinous.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)
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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