Château Gloria 2010, Saint-Julien

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Chateau Gloria 2010 is a very dense crimson. Dark, rich and very upright, with notes of tobacco and leather on its classically styled Saint-Julien nose. Dense and sweet dark fruit, mildly herbal, is not overwhelmed by toasty oak on the palate, and despite this richness it remains dry and cool without being austere. Beautifully balanced, the fruit is succulent and full in a taut and elegant framework. Very luscious and appealing, but very 2010 in its firm mineral finish.

Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Subregion: Saint-Julien
Vintage: 2010
Colour: Red
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
ABV: 13.5%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Built to last
Drink With: Beef Wellington

Henri Martin, Château Gloria's owner and once Mayor of Saint-Julien, was one of the Médoc's legendary figures. Beginning in the 1940s, Henri Martin assembled the vineyards of Château Gloria with parcels of land from such illustrious neighbouring vineyards as Léoville-Poyferré, Gruaud-Larose, Saint Pierre and Duhart-Milon. The property is now run and managed by his son-in-law, Jean-Louis Triaud.

The wine was fermented in stainless steel vats and spent 14 months in barrel. Château Gloria shows well young but can also age for 15-20 years, especially in a vintage such as 2010.

From Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
The 2010 Gloria is an ass-kicking, fabulous value wine once again from this estate, which would probably be classified if the 1855 hierarchy of the wines of the Médoc were it ever done again. Abundant notes of cedar wood, fruitcake, flowers, crème de cassis and kirsch are all present in this full-bodied, opulent, dense, dark ruby/purple wine. It is slightly more restrained than the flamboyant 2009, but equal in quality. This is a juicy, well-proportioned, sensationally concentrated, super-ripe Gloria to drink over the next couple of decades. Of course, it is a sleeper of the vintage, given the reasonable price it normally sells for. 02/13. 93 Points

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