Château Gloria

While many Bordeaux châteaux have long and illustrious histories, that is not the case with Château Gloria. In fact, it’s a relatively new estate in Saint-Julien when compared to its peers. One could say that Château Gloria dates back to 1903, the year that its creator, Henri Martin, was born. Henri was destined for a life in wine, having been born at the neighboring Saint-Julien estate of Château Gruaud Larose.

During the war, in 1942, Henri Martin purchased 6 hectares of vines in the Saint-Julien appellation. The vines were previously the property of Château Beychevelle and he made the purchase on the advice of his friend, Jean-Charles Cazes, the father of Jean Michel Cazes of Château Lynch Bages. That early purchase was gradually expanded and eventually they were able to accumulate the 50 hectares of vineyards that today makes up Château Gloria. Although unclassified itself, it is the only estate of its kind having been put together piece-by-piece over a number of years through the exclusive purchase of vineyard plots classified as grands crus in 1855 from estates of such calibre as Gruaud-Larose, Talbot, Lagrange and Léoville-Barton.

Château Gloria's vineyards are spread across three areas, in the middle of Beychevelle and then in the west and the north of the appellation (bordering Pauillac) on soil made up of Gunzian gravel covering a layer of clay and sand. They are planted to 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc and the average age of the vines is 40 years.

Vinification takes place in temperature controlled, stainless steel vats and malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel. Château Gloria is aged in 40% new French oak barrels for 14 months. On average, the production is close to 20,000 cases per year and there is also a second wine, Peymartin. Henri died in 2001, and today Gloria is managed by his son-in-law Jean Louis Triaud who is also responsible for managing its sister estate, Château Saint-Pierre.
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