Château Gloria 2016 : elegant and precise
The Château Gloria 2016 is a Saint-Julien wine with considerable precision, a quality resulting from the technical and human benefits of the new winery infrastructure, including the new harvest reception area and new vat. The latter has allowed for selection by parcel and even more selective vinification. The Gloria 2016 blends 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 7% Cabernet Franc, all harvested between September 29th and October 17th.
A beautiful, very purplish colour and shades of blue. The nose is aromatic with a considerable density of black fruits combined with a mineral touch (graphite). On the palate, this Saint-Julien wine is dynamics in acid support, guaranteeing freshness on the mid-palate with beautiful juice and solid tannic structure. The tannins are ripe, well-integrated into the texture. The finish is characterised by a very satisfying length. This wine can be kept for 12 to 15 years, or even longer. Gloria 2016 is a very nice wine!
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2016 Gloria is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 7% Cabernet Franc that was picked from 29 September until 17 October. It is matured in slightly less oak than the Saint-Pierre, at 40%. This is a little more backward and broody compared to the Saint-Pierre and indeed its Saint Julien peers, demanding more coaxing from the glass. It almost reluctantly unfolds and unveils subtle pencil box and dry tobacco aromas. The palate is more outgoing than the aromatics with a vibrant, almost citrus-fresh opening, tensile tannins and a satisfying sense of energy. This feels nimble and agile in the mouth with a touch of white pepper lingering on the aftertaste. You come away with the feeling that this Gloria has something up its sleeve for those with patience to cellar it for eight to ten years.
|Grape varieties||Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot|
|Producer/Bottled By||DOMAINES HENRI MARTIN 33250 ST JULIEN BEYCHEVELLE FRANCE|
- J. Robinson : 16,5
- Vineyard : Medoc
- Wine Spectator : 93-96
- Country : France
- Grape varieties : Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot