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Château Gloria, Saint-Julien, 2012

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Top Saint-Julien red ready for drinking

For decades Gloria has been one of the most consistent Saint-Julien properties and the 2012 vintage reinforces its reputation for quality. Good depth of blackcurrant and black cherry fruit, meaty and well-balanced with a long, smooth finish.

  • Top Bordeaux red
  • Cabernet-dominated blend
  • Decanter 90 Points
  • Jancis Robinson 16.5 Points

Food Pairing: The finest roasts of beef or lamb.

Cellaring: Drinking now to 2030-35.

STORY BEHIND THIS WINE

"Although Château Gloria has been among the most consistent stars of the Saint-Julien appellation in the Médoc wine region, it does not enjoy cru classé status. This is because when the famous 1855 classification of Médoc wine estates was decided, Gloria did not exist. A leading Bordeaux figure named Henri Martin began establishing Gloria in 1942 when he bought plots from classed growths including Beychevelle, Léoville-Barton and Gruaud-Larose. Later he added sections from (among others) châteaux Talbot, Léoville Poyferré, and Léoville Barton.
The soils are primarily composed of gravel over clay and sand, and plantings reflect the blend: Cabernet Sauvignon (65%),Merlot (25%), and Cabernet Franc (5%) and Petit Verdot (5%).
Château Gloria harvests grapes by hand, and fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats. The wine is then typically aged for 14 months in casks, with around 40 percent new oak. There is also a second wine, Esprit de Gloria."

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