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Bordeaux

2019 Gloria

6 x 750ml
The 2019 Gloria has a compelling nose: black fruit, crushed rocks, tobacco and very subtle marine scents that are all beautifully combined. Perhaps the most precise and delineated nose among an impressive array of Saint-Julien's this year. The palate is medium-bodied with a lively opening. A touch of soy infuses the black fruit; fine-boned with wonderful sapidity on the finish. Extraordinary length. Serious. Tasted blind at the Southwold annual tasting. Read more
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96 POINTS
Neal Martin - Vinous

The 2019 Gloria has a compelling nose: black fruit, crushed rocks, tobacco and very subtle marine scents that are all beautifully combined. Perhaps the most precise and delineated nose among an impressive array of Saint-Julien's this year. The palate is medium-bodied with a lively opening. A touch of soy infuses the black fruit; fine-boned with wonderful sapidity on the finish. Extraordinary length. Serious. Tasted blind at the Southwold annual tasting.

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94 POINTS
Joaquin Hidalgo - Vinous

The 2019 Garnacha Gloria S. from Los Chacayes, Uco Valley is a light garnet red in color. The nose displays aromas of sweet and sour cherry, hints of liqueur and herbs and a whiff of open fields. Ethereal in the mouth with grippy, polished and slightly reactive tannins, this is a wine on the outer limits of reds from the area. The 13% alcohol lends a clue to a skeletal style perhaps best explained by the quote from Virginia Woolf on the label: "What matters is precisely this; the unspoken at the edge of the spoken." Once opened, the fruity flavors develop excellent intensity.

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94 POINTS
James Suckling

Sweet berry and cherry aromas with violets, following through to a medium to full body with creamy, linear tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Tight and curated, in a structured way. Try after 2027.

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94 POINTS
Georgina Hindle - Decanter

Such a deep, concentrated nose, full of ripe blackcurrants and black cherries. Great intensity and concentration on the palate, some dark spicy notes, liquorice, black pepper and cinnamon around the edges alongside layers of juicy and succulent ripe fruit. A full, bold wine no doubt, real power here but stylish and energetic. If you like the gourmet style, this one is great.

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91 POINTS
Antonio Galloni MW - Vinous

The 2019 Gloria is a powerful, brooding Saint-Julien. Sweet red cherry, iron, dried flowers, menthol, herbs and cedar lend quite a bit of character. In 2019, Gloria is defined by its intensely feral personality and tannins. Perhaps time will help. Today, Gloria does not appear to be quite the charmer that it can be.

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Winemakers Note

Gloria, a masterpiece shaped by a genuine family In the world of wine, family is a much-flaunted value; many talk about it, yet few experience it quite like the Triauds. The story starts at the cusp of the Second World War, when Henri Martin, whose grandfather was a winemaker at Gruaud-Larose, acquired plots of vines from a number of classified growths in Saint-Julien, patiently building "his own" vineyard, Château Gloria. Work of a lifetime, Henri Martin devoted thirty years' hard work to finding its lustre. It has now become one of the Medoc's most famous "non-classified growths". Then, in the mid 70s, the family business was boosted by the arrival of his son-in-law, Jean-Louis Triaud. This arrival marked the beginning of a 40-year carreer for this charismatic man with a wonderful sense of humor. Henri Martin and Jean-Louis Triaud worked hard, side by side, to develop both family estates. Gloria, the seductive, voluptuous and surprising wine features, along with Saint-Pierre, among "the greatest value wines in the whole of Bordeaux". Today, Jean Triaud, along with his wife, Caroline, and his brother-in-law, Orphée Amougou, is the third generation at the helm of the family estates. And the 4th is already on board. Thus, this family knows how to work collaboratively to preserve and to pass on this magnificent family legacy. In 2021, to achieve that goal, they have launched the conversion of the vineyard to Organic Farming.

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