60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc. Fleshy, rich, very well-done. Good expressive raspberry and blackberry in a velvet feel and even a faint salinity which seems to have a sense of purpose and keeps juice on the finish, and it shows a nice length. Rating: 90-91 L&S (Apr 2016)
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Another property that has excelled in 2015. This is gloriously perfumed and appealing, with graphite and liquorice on the nose, followed by layers of crunchy black fruits, savoury tannins and well integrated (40% new) oak. Fresh, balanced and very long. Drinking range: 2022 - 2032 Rating: 95 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(May 2016)
This is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot. In 2015 this is fresh, smoky, with dark red cherry and a juniper berry crunch to the fruit. It feels quite pure, with a little desiccated concentration, and a little vanilla cream. The palate shows a rather harmonious and supple texture, with piles of oak showing here, and a medium-bodied, fresh, rather understated character to the fruit. This is firm, the structure ripe but lightly drying, Savoury and lightly austere, with juicy fruit, slightly old-school in terms of style. Rating: 14.5-15.5/20 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 2016)
Fine, fragrant nose and succulent fruit. It has a lovely texture, rounded tannins and fresh finish, with more finesse than in past years. Drinking range: 2020 - 2028 Rating: 90 Steven Spurrier(Apr 2016)
Exceptionally deep crimson. Deep and crisp and even on the nose. Very good concentrated glossy fruit. Polished and racy. A very neat, accomplished rendition that's almost drinkable already, so well handled are the tannins. Bravo! Showing much better than its stablemate Ch St Pierre when I tasted it, this could be GV. Drinking range: 2023 - 2035 Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2016)
The 2015 Gloria is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot cropped at 51 hl/ha, matured in 40% new wood. It was picked between 21 September and finishing on 7 October with the Cabernet Sauvignon. It has a fragrant bouquet with dark cherries, cedar and touches of cigar box - classic Saint Julien in many ways, though it does not have the complexity of great recent vintages such as the 2010. The palate is well balanced, clean and pure with fine tannin. The acidity is nicely judged, not a million miles away from the 2015 Lagrange in terms of its refinement, but this has perhaps a touch more detail on the finish. Perhaps one of the more approachable Saint Julien wines this vintage, give this 4-5 years in bottle and then drink over the next 20 years. Drinking range: 2021 - 2040 Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Apr 2016)
The 2015 Gloria is intense and quite powerful, but also a bit rough around the edges. Iron, smoke, red stone fruit, pencil shavings and tobacco give the wine its rustic personality, an impression that is reinforced by the burly tannins. There is good intensity in the glass, even if some angular contours remain. Hints of inky crème de cassis and spice add the closing shades of Saint-Julien expression. Rating: 87-89 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com(Apr 2016)
Rock-solid, with loads of bramble and bay leaf underscoring theripe blackberry and black currant fruit. There's lots of grip, but this is plush, staying focused through the toasty finish. Shows nice refinement. Rating: 90—93 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2016)
Pretty Gloria with plenty of tension and energy. Full body yet silky textured and extremely long. Exciting. Rating: 92-93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Mar 2016)
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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