Neal Martin 95
"Tasted at the Union de Grand Cru in London. The Gloria 2010 leaps out of the glass: blackberry, boysenberry, cedar and graphite aromas that are pure and beautifully defined. This palate does not disappoint: mineral rich black fruit, a saline tang, hints of sous-bois and a beautifully controlled but intense graphite finish that reminds me of Ducru-Beaucaillou. This is an outstanding Saint Julien from an estate that has produced a clutch of high performing wines in recent years. Perhaps the greatest Gloria ever made? Tasted November 2012."
Robert Parker 91-93
"A sensational effort, the 2010 Gloria may turn out to be the finest wine they have made since 1982, although the 2009 is a serious contender for that honor as well. A bigger than life as well as more backward than normal offering, the 2010 exhibits an inky/purple color along with an opulent display of black currants, jammy cherries, licorice, cedar and roasted herbs. Some serious tannin gives the wine grip, but this is a full-bodied, big, thick, well-proportioned, super-endowed Gloria that will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring and keep for two decades."
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A relatively young estate, Château Gloria was founded and assembled by Monsieur Henri Martin who established the reputation of Gloria within the space of a generation. With the first acquisitions of 6 hectares (15 acres) of vines in
1942, and purchase of the chai of Château Saint-Pierre, Martin added to the estate over the years with land bought from the surrounding classed estates, including châteaux Saint-Pierre, Beychevelle, Léoville-Poyferré, Gruaud-Larose,
Léoville-Barton, Ducru-Beaucaillou, Lagrange and a Saint-Julien property of Duhart-Milon, making up its present size. The estate was included in the proposal by INAO to revise the 1855 classification, and subsequently became listed
in the private classification of Alexis Lichine. The current proprietor of the estate is Martin's son-in-law, Jean-Louis Triaud. The wine is widely regarded as a well-made, with the best characteristics of Saint-Julien, it is estimated
by many to be on a par with the classed growths.
Château Gloria has created the 'Bordeaux de Gloria'. This wine is selected by the château team in order to show the characteristics of the vintage well. This second label is available at Empire Wine at a dramatic value!
Technical Specifications of the 'Bordeaux de Gloria'
VINEYARD: Soil: Deep Gunzian gravel from the Garonne River on a clayeysandy subsoil.
BLEND: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon / 35% Merlot
VINIFICATION: Classical vinification in thermo-regulated vats. Aged in French oak barrels for 8 months.
WINE TASTING: Attractive dark and dense colour. The expressive nose displays subtle blend of black fruits (Morello cherry, blackcurrant) and roasted touch (toast, vanilla). On the palate, the wine is wide and fleshy, with nice fruity
touch enhanced by élégant woody notes and pleasant tannins.
MATCHING FOOD AND WINE: Serve at 17-18°C with roast turkey chick, fish fillet and red wine sauce or with grilled fillet of duck breast and ground pepper sauce, along with home-made mashed potatoes. This wine will be perfect with a good
selection of cheeses and fine cooked meats.
AGEING POTENTIAL: From 5 to 10 years