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Gloria 2017

SubregionSt Julien
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon

This Chateau was created in the 1950's by the late Henri Martin who was also the regisseur of Chateau Latour. Consequently it does not appear in the 1855 classification but surely would, if it were ever updated. Along with big brother Saint Pierre, the quality here has improved massively in the last few years and this is a top St Julien performer these days. 50 hectares of vines which are planted 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot. Usually St Julien's best value.

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Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Cs Bts Price IB GBP Per Score
1294 AG6603094.0094.00Gloria0.75
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Tasting Notes

The 2017 Gloria is just as delicious from bottle as it was from barrel. A rush of bright red cherry and plum fruit, blood orange, iron, dried flowers and mint gives the 2017 its sense of energy. Medium in body and full of character, Gloria is one of the highlights of the vintage. Don't miss it. Tasted two times. Drink 2022-2042.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, March 2020

The 2017 Gloria was cropped at 48hl/ha and the Grand Vin comprises 65% of the total production. It has a generous bouquet with red berry fruit, warm bricks and light tobacco aromas that gently unfold in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannins, a pretty and understated Gloria. A classic tobacco and bay leaf finish does not quite kick on like other recent vintages. Nevertheless, this is a delicious Saint-Julien that will give 20 years of drinking pleasure. Dribk 2022-2042.

Neal Martin, vinous.com (March 2020), February 2020

The 2017 Gloria, tasted from a new barrel though the final blend will include 50% new oak and the remainder one-year old, has a straightforward but pure bouquet with blackberry, briary and cedar aromas accompanied by a distant whiff off the estuary. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannin, crisp acidity, a little “brittle” in the mouth, but quite precise towards the finish. It actually ends much better than it begins so I will expand my banded score to indicate potential upgrade in quality. Let’s see. Drink 2022 - 2038.

Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2018

The 2017 Gloria is medium to deep garnet-purple in color with a nose of warm blackcurrants, baked blackberries and plums with cedar, earth and herbs hints. The palate is medium-bodied, juicy, soft and easy-breezy. The blend is 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc. It was aged for 14 months in French oak, 40% new. About 65% of the production was produced as grand vin. Drink 2020-2030.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (March 2020), March 2020

The 2017 Gloria is deep garnet-purple in color and scented of warm plums and blueberry pie with hints of potpourri, tilled soil and espresso. The palate is medium-bodied with just enough expressive fruit and a fine, approachable frame. The blend is currently 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018

This shows depth. Layers of fruit on a medium body. Juicy and bright with raspberry and cherry character and medium, creamy tannins. Fresh finish. Drink in 2022.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, January 2020

A tight and focused red with currants, dark berries and hints of mushrooms. Medium body, firm and silky tannins and a juicy finish.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2018

The 2017 Gloria is superb. At once deep and fleshy, but also beautifully delineated, the 2017 is incredibly satisfying. Succulent red and blue fruit, cedar, tobacco, anise and leather are some of the many notes that develop in the glass in an explosive, potent Saint-Julien that delivers the goods, and then some. Best of all, Gloria remains one of the most compelling values in all of Bordeaux. Don't miss it. Tasted three times.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (236), May 2018

Mid crimson. Lifted cassis and cassis leaf. A little austere but very fresh and with fine-line purity. Dry, dark-chocolate finish that leaves your mouth feeling clean.
Drink 2025-2035

Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2018

No frost at Gloria. The blend is 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot. Quintessential St Julien on the nose, cool blackcurrant and blackcurrant leaf, with cedar and logan berry. The palate shows a little roasted coffee bean, with deceptively generous fruit at the core lifted by lively acidity. This is compact and poised, rather than powerful. Smooth to the finish, it will be fresh, fragrant and approachable from a young age.

Farr Vintners, April 2018

The nose has a minty freshness the start of the palate has a complex mix of black fruits. There is some mid generosity with fresh fruit taking over giving brightness and firmness on the finish. Drink 2025 - 2033.

Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, May 2018

Tight but plentiful fruit extraction. The expression is a little less full than in 2016, but there is both finesse and grip to the fine, firmly held tannins as they travel through the palate, accompanying cassis, fern, rosemary, heather and cigar box notes. Enjoyable stuff.
Drinking Window 2025 - 2040

Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2018

Rather blunt and a little saw-dusty, this is a rather short and stubby wine but it has a lot of energy initially on the palate. What it lacks in polish it makes up for in muscle, but this will never be an elegant wine.

Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2018
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