Château Gloria, St Julien, 2010

  Château Gloria

65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Previously plagued with tainting problems, Gloria has cleaned up their act and has been producing sensational wines since 2005. Not part of the 1855 classification, this is a humble St Julien AOC so represents good value for money. Classic bouquet of cool berry fruit, graphite and flowers. Pretty and very composed, there is lots of substance here; cherry stone fruit, very fresh and beautifully balanced. A worthy rival to the 2009, and superior to many classified growths.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Gloria

In 1942 Henri Martin purchased four hectares of vines in St Julien, which became Gloria. Over the years, Henri has bought parcels from St Pierre (also one of his estates), and super seconds: Ducru Beaucaillou, Gruaud Larose, Leoville Poyferre and Leoville Barton. Now at 48 hectares, the estate produces 20,000 cases of its first wine each year and is carving a reputation as one of the region’s best value wines. As its inception was some time after the 1855 classification, this is simply an AOC St Julien, but it gives many a cru classé a run for their money.

Appellation: St Julien

St-Julien may not have any first growths like its neighbour Pauillac but has a raft of high-performing Châteaux in its ranks, second through to fourth growths, Including Ducru-Beaucaillou, Léoville Las Cases, Léoville-Poyferré, Léoville-Barton. Gruaud-Larose and Talbot. For many St-Julien is quintessential claret, robust, powerful but refined subtle and poised. Gravelly soils dominate, hence wide plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot.

Grape Blend: Cab. Sauvignon | Merlot

A classic partnership. The stock left bank Bordeaux blend also used to good affect in the New World. Cabernet's, acidic, tannic complex qualities marry ideally with Merlot's sweet, softy flesh characteristics.