2014 Cru Bourgeois Saint Julien Château Gloria
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, & 6% Petit Verdot. Fabulous. From the start there is good, deep, dark shiny fruit. Intensity of fruit extract is great. No spare fat here, just lovely polished dark spicy berries and semi-dried dates, a touch of fruitcake, but chewy and lithe too. Recommended. Rating: 93 L&S (Apr 2015)
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The 2014 Gloria has a ripe and voluminous bouquet with plenty of blackberry, raspberry, pencil box and cedar aromas all well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, quite focused and poised with very well integrated new oak. There is plenty of freshness here, a 2014 Saint Julien full of energy with a persistent graphite finish that is very satisfying. Like its sibling, the Saint-Pierre, there is great potential here. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. Drinking range: 2022 - 2040 Rating: 91 Neal Martin, vinous.com (Mar 2018)
Pale crimson. Rather dull on the nose and a bit salty and edgy on the palate. Austere fruitless finish. Drinking range: 2022 - 2032 Rating: 15.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Feb 2018)
The Château Gloria 2014 has a focused, straight-laced bouquet with strict redcurrant and wild strawberry fruit, tightly wound at first but opening with aeration, tobacco and even flint emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, dry tannin, a little chalkiness under those broody black fruit, the foundation of a classic, almost austere finish the nevertheless offers length and sustain. This actually harks back to the fine old Gloria's of the past, a little rustic perhaps, but a wine that I think will blossom in bottle. This will need to prove itself in bottle. Drinking range: 2019 - 2038 Rating: 89-91 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (May 2015)
The 2014 Gloria is ample, rich and beautifully resonant, with more than enough fruit to fill out its broad-shouldered frame. Red currant, blood orange, smoke, white pepper and iron build to the deeply satisfying finish. The combination of extroverted fruit, tannin and saline-inflected minerality dazzles from the very first taste. What a gorgeous wine this is. Rating: 91-94 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Apr 2015)
Bright crimson. Refined salty-savoury nose. Aromatic and sweetly fresh. Racy and lightly grainy. Lots of freshness but no excess acidity. Light tannic charge on the end with a rich peacock’s tail finish. Full of charm. Real drive to this wine. Drinking range: 2020 - 2032 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2015)
The nose has a strong black fruit character fresh and fragrant and the start of the palate is bright with cassis and bramble. Richer in the middle more depth of fruit the tannins are well handled all in balance. It feels fresher at the back the finish bright and long. Drinking range: 2026 - 2038 Rating: 86-90 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk (Apr 2015)
Unclassified it may be, but Jean-Louis Triaud's property often produces some of the most profound and well-priced Saint Juliens. That's the case in 2014 on this inky hued, textured, graphite- and cedarwood-scented blend. The tannins are typically supple and well defined, folded into the texture of the wine. (One of Tim's Top 10 Value Reds.) Drinking range: 2022 - 2032 Rating: 95 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Apr 2015)
This is the best Gloria in years with amazing dark blackberries, minerals, rose petals and spices. Full body, firm tannins and a very long finish. Seamless. Rating: 92-93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Mar 2015)
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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