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)
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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