Chateau Gloria 2009

Chateau Gloria
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Chateau Gloria vintage wine St Julien 2009. Including vat and duty

Henri Martin, Glorias owner and once Mayor of Saint Julien was one of Medocs legendary figures. In 1956 he became President of the Interprofessional Committee of Bordeaux Wines. Beginning in the 1940s, Henri Martin assembled the vineyards of Chateau Gloria with parcels of land from such neighbouring vineyards as Leoville-Poyferre, Gruaud-Larose, Saint Pierre and Duhart-Milon

Tasting notes, Robert Parker 93 points
Gloria has long been one of the most popular wines in America, but I do not believe they have ever made better wines than they have over the last decade, and the 2009 is one of their finest. While this estate is not a classified growth, it certainly performs like one in 2009. A dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by an expressive, flamboyant bouquet of black fruits, Christmas spices, licorice and roasted Provencal herbs. Fuller-bodied, more concentrated and extracted than most vintages with soft tannins, its low acidity and a sumptuous, plump style remind me of a modern day version of the 1982 (which is fully mature but still in great shape). The 2009 Gloria is a very smart purchase for those looking to maximize their buying power. In fact, this may be the value of the vintage.
Gloria has long been one of the most popular wines in America, but I do not believe they have ever made better wines than they have over the last decade, and the 2009 is one of their finest. While this estate is not a classified growth, it certainly performs like one in 2009. A dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by an expressive, flamboyant bouquet of black fruits, Christmas spices, licorice and roasted Provencal herbs. Fuller-bodied, more concentrated and extracted than most vintages with soft tannins, its low acidity and a sumptuous, plump style remind me of a modern day version of the 1982 (which is fully mature but still in great shape). The 2009 Gloria is a very smart purchase for those looking to maximize their buying power. In fact, this may be the value of the vintage. Score: 93 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

Château Gloria is an unclassified St-Julien property that produces clarets that equal in quality those from the more prestigious classed growths.

APPELLATION: AOC SAINT-JULIEN

SURFACE AREA: 50 hectares
DISTRIBUTION OF THE VINES: A vineyard with
an average vine age of 40 years distributed over three
zones, in the centre of Beychevelle, to the west and to
the north of the appellation (bordering Pauillac).

GRAPE VARIETIES: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon,
25% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc,
5% Petit Verdot

NATURE OF THE SOIL: Gunzian gravel on a
clayey-sandy subsoil

HARVESTING: Manual

FERMENTING CELLAR EQUIPMENT: Stainless steel
vats with thermoregulation

VINIFICATION: Traditional method used for the
production of exceptional wines to be laid down for
a long time

AGEING: 14 months in casks, an average of 40%
of which are replaced

HISTORY: Created by Henri Martin and the only one
of its kind as this 50-hectare vineyard was put
together piece-by-piece over a number of years,
through the purchase of plots exclusively from grands
crus classified in 1855. The origin of the terroirs, the
care taken over the growing and the vinification all
help to explain its world-renowned quality.