Brilliant value St Julien from one of Bordeaux's best Cru Bourgeois
Glorious Gloria | 2015 & 2016
Chateau Gloria is fast becoming one of the most exciting insider wines of the entire Bordeaux region. We are delighted to offer the glorious duo of Ch Gloria 2015 and 2016 immediately available for storage or delivery.
In terms of quality Gloria undoubtedly competes with a good number of Cru Classé Chateaux. Its omission from the higher echelons of the ranking is simply because it did not exist in 1855. Henri Martin painstakingly created the estate during the 1940s and 50s, gradually building up parcels of Crus Classés terroirs from his neighbours. Still family run, Gloria’s Cru Bourgeois classification belies the sheer quality of wine now being produced.
This pair of wines are from two of the most celebrated vintages of recent years. Both wines still need some time in the cellar but are stylistically different, both very much in keeping with the characteristics of their respective vintages:
The 2015 is a big richly endowed wine which will be approachable from 2021 with red and black currant flavours on the palate, but will still benefit from a few more years in the cellar.
The 2016 is more classic in style, with pencil and tobacco aromas and a vibrant energetic finish. This will require a bit more patience than the 2015 and will need to be left alone until at least 2024. As Neal Martin said in his original in barrel (en primeur) tasting note: “You come away with the feeling that this Gloria has something up its sleeve for those with patience to cellar it for eight to ten years.”
These wines raise the bar even higher at this excellent estate, reaffirming the chateau’s position as one of the best Cru Bourgeois and best value Bordeaux you can find. At under £40 per bottle on the table, we strongly recommend slipping a case of both vintages in the cellar.
A quite excellent wine, with masses of flamboyance and succulence. This is all about sweet dark fruits, with lots of juicy Merlot flavours supported by a bite of Cabernet freshness on the finish. An admirable wine for mid-term aging.
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.
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.
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.
Pretty Gloria with plenty of tension and energy. Full body yet silky textured and extremely long. Exciting.
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. Tasted three times.
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. Drink: 2022-32