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2019 Château Gloria, St.-Julien

Classic St.-Julien terroir is on offer from Château Gloria at just £295 per dozen. Neal Martin's excellent score of 93-95 points is accompanied by a glowing note, describing it as "a nimble Saint-Julien, athletic in build with a sapid finish that urges you back for another sip. Excellent."  We enjoyed tasting cask samples of this and found the intensity of cassis fruit very open and immediately enjoyable.

Offered En Primeur, landing Spring 2022.

 

Château Gloria, St.-Julien

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Château Gloria, St.-Julien

Château Gloria is an estate in the commune of St.-Julien.  A relatively new estate, it came into being in the mid-20th century, pieced together from various parcels of vines for Henri Martin, with the help of the Cazes family.  Martin's family had a long history in the Medoc.  Previously the manager of Latour, he had dreamt of owning his own vineyard and purchased Gloria in 1942.  Gloria's 50 hectares were acquired by Marttin row by row, in many small parcels from other famous St.-Julien estates, a real labour of love.  Had the estate existed in 1855 it would undoubtedly have been included in the classification and Gloria describe Martin as having 'invented a new cru'.  In 1982 he was also able to purchase Château Saint-Pierre, a Grands Crus Classés in the same commune.

Today, Gloria is run by Martin's daughters and son-in-law and produces an average of 20,000 cases per annum.  The vineyard is planted to 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. The winery has recently been renovated and quality is improving even further in recent vintages.

RED 2019 Château Gloria 75cl £295 per case of 12 Château Gloria
2019 / / 75cl
£295 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"Another winning velvety texture out of St Julien. You can trace the warmth and generosity of the vintage in the concentration and the ripeness of these blackberry and raspberry fruits but it is so seductive and carefully balanced with a core of freshness and a ton of crushed stone, black chocolate and baked earth adding layers and interest. This should be good value and is a definite buy. So much character and personality, right up there with the best vintages of this property. 40% new oak, 5% Petit Verdot completes the blend. Drinking Window 2026 - 2042. 94 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine------" A firm, chewy red with blackberries, earth and hints of chocolate. It’s full-bodied and very structured. Better than the 2018. 94-95 points" jamessuckling.com------"The 2019 Gloria continues a strong run of form - those rustic Glorias of the 1970s and 1980s are a distant memory. This has a precise and detailed bouquet that offers blackberry, briary, cedar and light tobacco aromas that gently unfurl in the glass. The palate is very well structured with a lovely citric undercurrent lending freshness and sharpness. This is a nimble Saint-Julien, athletic in build with a sapid finish that urges you back for another sip. Excellent. 93-95 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com

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