Château Gloria vineyard covers 50 hectares of vines in St-Julien of which 65% are cabernet sauvignon, with 25% merlot , 5% cabernet franc and 5% petit verdot. Gloria is unique in that although it is not a classified growth of the appellation, it is comprised of various vineyards that have been meticulously assembled from classified properties. As are result, the grand vin offers exceptional value for money, particularly when expressed in an equally exceptional vintage as the 2020.
2020 Chateau Gloria, Saint-Julien 6x75cl
£159 / Case£26.50 / BottleDuty Status: In BondAvailability: En Primeur
Jeff Leve 94
“Showing even better in the bottle than it did in the barrel, this is a stunning vintage for Gloria which kicks off with a gorgeous display of flowers, currants, espresso, tobacco and cedar. The wine is medium-bodied, with ample layers of fresh, vibrant red and black fruits, soft tannins and a savory edge to the elegant, supple finish. If you have not tasted Gloria for a while, this is a great place to start as it competes with many Classified Growths today.” [15/03/2023]
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2045
“Deepest crimson. Very ripe and dark-fruited with a slight charry note. Rich and chocolatey on the palate, with only just enough freshness to balance the generous fruit. Tannins are fine, smooth, more rounded than you might expect in a young St-Julien. Deep-fruited and long, and great for those who are looking for softness more than freshness.” [09/11/2022]
Anticipated maturity: 2026-2040
Jeb Dunnuck 93-95
“Playing in the same class as the 2016, 2018, and 2019, the 2020 Château Gloria reveals a vivid purple hue as well beautiful blue fruits intermixed with gravelly earth, graphite, and crushed stone. I was able to taste this on two separate occasions and it was brilliant both times, offering medium to full-bodied richness and a powerful yet weightless mouthfeel as well as silky tannins. It also has a terrific sense of freshness. It will drink well relatively young yet keep for two decades.” [23/05/2021]
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2040
Robert Parker 92-94
Opaque purple-black colored, the 2020 Gloria comes soaring out of the glass with notes of blackcurrant cordial, preserved plums and blueberry compote, followed by suggestions of powdered cinnamon, cedar chest and menthol, plus a waft of graphite. The medium to full-bodied palate is completely coated with juicy black fruits, framed by grainy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and spicy. The blend is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 11% Petit Verdot, aging for approximately 14 months in French oak barrels, 40% new. [20/05/2021]
Anticipated maturity: 2024-2043
James Suckling 94-95
“Very focused and poised with blackberry, blackcurrant and graphite character. It’s full-to medium-bodied with racy tannins and a long, dynamic finish. Will be interesting to see if 2020 is better than 2019.” [15/04/2021]
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2040
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