One of the better-known Crus Bourgeois of the Medoc, still at reasonable prices. Chateau Gloria is made up of holdings of classified Crus and would deserve to be classified in its own right. Recent vintages have found all their character again, in the tradition of the great Saint-Julien wines. A surprising wine if you are prepared to wait: after 30 years, the 1970 vintage has just reached optimum maturity.
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The varieties are a very classic 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Gloria was one of the first to believe in Petit verdot, a very good variety that adds color, tannic and aromatic richness.
From the soils, among the best of the appelation, very classic vines are grown - 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Chateau Gloria was one of the first to believe in Petit Verdot as a very good variety to add color, tannins and aromatic richness to its wines. more
Pronounce purple in color, with an intense nose of black fruits such as casis and blackberry. In the mouth the structural balance bewtween the tanins and alcohol is perfect, with a smooth feeling. The length in the mouth is interesting and racy, with an explosion of coffee, vanilla, and cashew... more
The color is purple and the wine has a sustained, very intensive nose of red fruits. In the mouth it has a firm, noble structurewith voluptuous fruit which combines a an exceptional roundness and finesse. For today, the tasting is lovely, indicating a perfect balance. more
This stunningly rich sleeper of the vintage reveals oodles of herb-tinged black currant and cherry fruit, medium to full body, silky tannin, and low acidity. Gloriously fruity, soft, and classic in its aromatic and flavor dimensions, it can be enjoyed over the next decade.
Robert Parker's The Wine... more
A sexy, smoky nose of tapenade, black cherry jam, cedar, and Asian spices soars from the glass of this expressive 2003. Once past the flamboyant aromatics, the wine reveals broad, expansive flavors, medium to full body, low acidity, and an undeniably exciting style. Consume it over the next decade.... more
Abundant amounts of licorice, smoke, herbs, cherries, and currants emerge from this deep ruby/purple-tinged, full-bodied, up-front, flamboyant 2002. It relies more on fruit and terroir than new oak to seduce the taster. Surprisingly supple and fleshy for the vintage, it is undeniably a sleeper of... more
This elegant, tasty, medium to full-bodied cru bourgeois possesses aromas of cedar wood, black currants, licorice, and a hint of tapenade. With a soft, lovely texture, it will drink well for 7-10 years.
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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