Chateau Gloria - Saint Julien - red - 1986 - 750 ml
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WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
“Gloria has graced many tables in America and, of course, the de facto ascendancy of this Cru Bourgeois to the quality of a classified growth was a lifelong ambition of proprietor Henri Martin. The 1986 has as much structure as any Gloria in the last 15 years, a deep ruby color, and plenty of tannin, but I had to ask myself if it really, in fact, had as much fruit as it needed to balance out the hard tannins in the wine.” Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Château Gloria is a property in the Saint Julien appellation that produces clarets that equal in quality those from the more prestigious classed growths. Henri Martin, a cooper by upbringing, took over the property in 1942 and began purchasing plots of vineyards from classed growth properties such as Gruaud-Larose, Talbot, Lagrange and Léoville-Barton. By the mid 1960s he had 50 hectares spread across the appellation. In 1982 he purchased Château St-Pierre and thus realised his lifetime ambition of owning a Grand Cru Classé property. Henri Martin died in 1991 and Gloria is now run by his son-in-law Jean-Louis Triaud.
From: France , Bordeaux, Saint Julien
Grape varieties: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot
Aging: Ageing in a combination of large oak foudres and small oak barrels (50% new)