- Château Gloria
- St Julien
- Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ Petit Verdot
- 2023 - 2031
- Case size
- Available Now
Goedhuis, April 2015,
Reliable as ever, this starts with initial perfumed fruit characters and is followed by a firmness and structure which gives length and depth.
Neal Martin, April 2015,
The Château Gloria 2014 has a focused, straight-laced bouquet with strict redcurrant and wild strawberry fruit, tightly wound at first but opening with aeration, tobacco and even flint emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, dry tannin, a little chalkiness under those broody black fruit, the foundation of a classic, almost austere finish the nevertheless offers length and sustain. This actually harks back to the fine old Gloria's of the past, a little rustic perhaps, but a wine that I think will blossom in bottle. This will need to prove itself in bottle.
Antonio Galloni, April 2015,
The 2014 Gloria is ample, rich and beautifully resonant, with more than enough fruit to fill out its broad-shouldered frame. Red currant, blood orange, smoke, white pepper and iron build to the deeply satisfying finish. The combination of extroverted fruit, tannin and saline-inflected minerality dazzles from the very first taste. What a gorgeous wine this is.
James Suckling, March 2015,
This is the best Gloria in years with amazing dark blackberries, minerals, rose petals and spices. Full body, firm tannins and a very long finish. Seamless.
Decanter, April 2015,
Exuberant, spicy black fruits – rich and ripe with a hint of leather. Has vigour and depth, will open up soon but last well. Drink: 2018-2028
Matthew Jukes, May 2015,
(60 Cabernet Sauvignon, 40 Merlot) There is lovely plum and mulberry fruit here and perfectly well judged oak and tannins, too. This is a carefully made wine which might lack dimensions, but what it does it does very well indeed.
Jancis Robinson, April 2015,
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot. 45% new oak. 36 hl/ha. All vinified in their new(ish) chai. Bright crimson. Refined salty-savoury nose. Aromatic and sweetly fresh. Racy and lightly grainy. Lots of freshness but no excess acidity. Light tannic charge on the end with a rich peacock’s tail finish. Full of charm. Real drive to this wine. Drink 2020-2032
Tim Atkin, May 2015,
Unclassified it may be, but Jean-Louis Triaud’s property often produces some of the most profound and well-priced Saint Juliens. That’s the case in 2014 on this inky hued, textured, graphite- and cedarwood-scented blend. The tannins are typically supple and well defined, folded into the texture of the wine. Drink: 2022-32
Wine Spectator, April 2015,
Gutsy and slightly chunky, but a fun, mouthfilling style nonetheless, with lots of bramble and briar patch notes around the core of dark plum and blueberry fruit. Shows ample tar on the finish. Shy on refinement, but solidly built.
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.