- Château Gloria
- St Julien
- Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ Petit Verdot
- 2026 - 2042
- Case size
- En Primeur
Neal Martin, May 2021,
The 2020 Gloria has an intense nose of penetrating blackberry, raspberry, crushed violet and crushed stone aromas. After 20 minutes, this just blossoms in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, fine acidity and just a touch of espresso and orange peel toward the finish, which remains taught and focused. What a wonderful Gloria! This might actually surpass its sibling, Château St. Pierre, this year. Drink 2028 - 2050
Wine Advocate, May 2021,
Opaque purple-black colored, the 2020 Gloria comes soaring out of the glass with notes of blackcurrant cordial, preserved plums and blueberry compote, followed by suggestions of powdered cinnamon, cedar chest and menthol, plus a waft of graphite. The medium to full-bodied palate is completely coated with juicy black fruits, framed by grainy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and spicy. The blend is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 11% Petit Verdot, aging for approximately 14 months in French oak barrels, 40% new. The alcohol is 13.3%. Drink 2024-2043
Antonio Galloni, June 2021,
The 2020 Gloria is impressive. Bright and punchy, yet quintessentially medium in body, Gloria impresses for its exceptional balance. Sweet red cherry, blood orange, mint, white pepper and rose petal give this bright, chiseled Saint-Julien so much character. Gloria is such a pretty and inviting Saint-Julien. Tasted two times. Drink 2026 - 2040
Goedhuis, May 2021,
This wine owes its origins to the skilful vineyard purchasing of Henri Martin last century from many of the leading estates during the difficult post war years. Therefore, whilst excluded from the 1855 classification, it is clearly their equal in quality. With just a hint of blueberry and tayberry, the scent is a little reserved. In contrast in the palate is so complete; nothing forced, just high-class fruit, rounded tannins and freshness in equal measure. A brilliant example of St Julien’s archetypal power and grace.
James Suckling, April 2021,
Very focused and poised with blackberry, blackcurrant and graphite character. It’s full-to medium-bodied with racy tannins and a long, dynamic finish. Will be interesting to see if 2020 is better than 2019.
Wine Cellar Insider, May 2021,
Tobacco, cedar and black currants create the nose. On the palate the medium-bodied wine is soft, refined, elegant, fresh and a touch savory, finishing with blackberry, cocoa, currants and earth. Give this 4-6 years in the cellar and enjoy it for about 2 decades after that.
Jancis Robinson, April 2021,
Deep crimson. Very lively and well-balanced with the acidity and fruit and tannin all in nice harmony. Restrained but fully ripe. Classic and successful. Very appetising and long finish. 13.5%. Drink 2026 – 2043
Jeb Dunnuck, May 2021,
Playing in the same class as the 2016, 2018, and 2019, the 2020 Château Gloria reveals a vivid purple hue as well beautiful blue fruits intermixed with gravelly earth, graphite, and crushed stone. I was able to taste this on two separate occasions and it was brilliant both times, offering medium to full-bodied richness and a powerful yet weightless mouthfeel as well as silky tannins. It also has a terrific sense of freshness. It will drink well relatively young yet keep for two decades.
Matthew Jukes, May 2021,
This is a closed and rather sour Gloria and while the colour is quite deep and the fruit is fairly robust there is not much happening in terms of depth or complexity. Decent enough, chunky and rather solid, this is a workmanlike Gloria as opposed to a silkier and more charming style.
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.