Jean-Louis Triaud, the manager and part owner of both Gloria and St. Pierre, is delivering fantastic results at both châteaux. The 2006 has enticing notes of blueberry, blackberry and chocolate. The palate is discreet and structured, with good balance and length.
Despite choral chants of Bach from the backseat for it, the 2006 failed to make an appearance during our first week of tasting. Luckily, we secured an appointment the following visit with Jean-Louis Triaud, the manager and part owner of both Gloria and St. Pierre. Their 2006 is sturdyand tight knit with notes of blueberry, blackberry and chocolate. Though the palate is a bit discreet and structured, it has good balance and length.
As I wrote last year, this sensational sleeper of the vintage is not far off the pace of Gloria'sbrilliant 2005. Sweet cedary, cigar box, roasted herb, and black currant fruit aromas are followed by a lush, full-bodied, textured, concentrated wine. A steal in today's marketplace, this is agorgeous St.-Julien to enjoy now and over the next 15+ years. Good value. Drink: 2009 - 2024
Gloria has been producing terrific wines over recent vintages. The 2006 is a slightly more structured effort than the fleshy 2005, but it offers a deep ruby/purple color as well as loads of black cherry and currant fruit interwoven with notes of cedar, herbs, and spice. A major sleeper of the vintage, it is dense, rich, and surprisingly opulent with admirable fruit purity and an enticing texture. It should drink well young, yet evolve for 15+ years. Drink: 2007 - 2022
Thick and shiny and pointu a bit harsh though it is trying desperately to cover this up. A bit gawky. Short
Château Gloria was created in the 1940s from parcels of Beychevelle, Léoville Poyferré, GruaudLarose and Duhart Milon. Due to its late arrival, it could not partake in the 1855 Classification and as a result, it is one of the best value châteaux of the appellation.
St Julien is like the middle child of the Médoc - not as assertive as Pauillac or as coquettish as Margaux. It lies firmly between the two more outspoken communes and as a result produces a blend of them both. St Julien's wines have often been sought out by aficionados for their balance and consistency, particularly in the UK. Yet due to its middle child nature, it can occasionally be overlooked globally and as a result underrated by those markets outside the UK. Despite the fact that it has no first growths, it has several second growths including Léoville Las Cases, Léoville Barton, Léoville Poyferré and Ducru Beaucaillou as well as the celebrated châteaux such as Talbot and Beychevelle.