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Your Sommelier is a big fan of Château Gloria: Created with small parcels coming exclusively from Cru Classés, situated right next to the prestigious Château Beychevelle and close to Pauillac, Gloria simply represents the best value you will find in Saint-Julien. It is always the perfect balance between body and elegance. The 2011 exhibits delicious flavours of black berries and black cherries, with a hint of liquorice and a long silky finish. A highly recommended magnum to impress you most demanding friends.
|Wine Characteristics||When & how to drink?|
Domain: Château Gloria
Grape(s): 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot
Drink from now to 2025
Decant it 2 hours before and drink at 16-18°C.
Will be brilliant with a rack of lamb.
Soil: Gravel, clay and limestone
Age of vines: 40 years old on average
Size of vineyard: 50 hectares
Maturing: 14 months in French oak barrels (40% new)
|What experts say|
16.5 "Light cherry-linctus sweetness. Light floral note. Gently and attractively fragrant. There's some chew here and fruit to hold the middle ground. Showing so much better balance than the Haut-Médocs just tasted. Juicy and polished."
88 "An excellent effort, the 2011 Gloria continues the success this well-known property has enjoyed over the last several decades. A delicious concoction of red and black fruits, spice box, and earth as well as a silky textured, medium-bodied style emerge from this is an undeniable sleeper of the vintage. The round tannins, delicious fruit and forward character suggest it should be enjoyed over the next 7-8 years."
90 "Mouthfilling, offering a fleshy, briary feel to the plum sauce, steeped currant and blackberry notes, with extra anise, tar and fruitcake details pumping through the finish. Lacks a little refinement in terms of structure, but this offers solid range and depth. Best from 2016 through 2024."
2* (Remarkable wine) "Beautiful wine for cellaring, typical of the appellation, this Saint-Julien exhibits a harmonious nose, with wooden and spicy notes. Supple on the palate, it is powerful but not harsh. A perfect balance, built for cellaring."
17.5 "For a number of years, this wine makes amateurs happy year after year. The subtle and profound nose opens up on spicy black fruit. The palate is highly elegant with silky tannins."
Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey is a 1er Cru Classé of Sauternes, and this 2012 is a brilliant bottle for sweet wines lovers. It offers amazing flavours of orange, lemon and honey, with a real complexity. The palate is rich, showing a perfect balance. Some spices on the very long finish provides even more complexity. A truly beautiful sweet wine that would be...