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. Drink 2024 - 2060.
|Score: 93/95||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017|
The 2016 Gloria is comprised of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot aged 14 months in 42% new and 58% one-year-old French oak. Deep garnet-purple in color, it sings of plum preserves, warm cassis and dark chocolate with touches of tobacco, bay leaves and lavender with a waft of dusty soil. The palate is medium-bodied, elegant and savory in the mouth with loads layers and a lifted finish.
Drink Date: 2020 - 2035
|Score: 93||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (interim en), November 2018|
Dense and layered red with berry and tobacco character, a full body and a savory finish. Got it all here.
|Score: 93/94||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017|
The 2016 Gloria is one of the undisputed stars of this vintage. Rich, deep and explosive, the 2016 possesses tremendous intensity in all of its dimensions. Sweet red cherry, tobacco, menthol, licorice and dried rose petal all add complexity. In 2016 Gloria is a real head-turner. It should be a fabulous value as well. There is not much else to say. Drink 2026-2046.
|Score: 96||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, January 2019|
The 2016 Gloria is striking. Ripe, dense and beautifully layered in the glass, the 2016 exudes class. Super-ripe red cherry, plum, pomegranate, rose petal, cinnamon and licorice notes abound, but it is the wine's juiciness and overall texture that are most appealing, A super-classic Saint-Julien, Gloria delivers serious quality for the money. Despite its obvious depth and fleshiness, the 2016 Gloria is also one of the most restrained, gracious Saint-Juliens readers will come across.
|Score: 92/95||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017|
Tasted blind. Restrained nose suggests there’s a lot going on here. Savoury – as dry as a Barton wine – but with great constitution. Drier than usual.
Drink 2027 – 2045
|Score: 17.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2020|
Sweet and energetic and very glossy. Just a little austere on the end. Bone dry. Quite demanding. Just not quite enough ripe fruit for the not inconsiderable tannins.
|Score: 16.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017|
This Chateau was created in the 1950's by the late Henri Martin who was also the regisseur of Chateau Latour. Consequently it does not appear in the 1855 classification but surely would, if it were ever updated. Along with big brother Saint Pierre, the quality here has improved massively in the last few years and this is a top St Julien performer these days. 50 hectares of vines which are planted 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot. 2016 was the second vintage to be made in the new cellar. Ageing in 40% new oak with a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. Juicy and approachable with a hint of burnt toast on the nose. The palate is smooth and ripe with a light touch to the tannins, allowing the cherry and plum fruit to shine. The tasty oak adds a hint of cocoa and cinnamon to the finish, which is well balanced and long.
|Score: 15.5||Farr Vintners, February 2017|
The nose is tight the start of the palate firm with quite obvious tannins. Richer towards the back sweet black fruits rich black cherry but there is an underlying freshness that gives a lighter firmer feel to the finish. 2025-38
|Score: 87/89||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017|
Working with its new winery for the first time in 2016, Gloria has made a fine, aromatic, well structured blend, with more tannin and concentration than the 2015, but similar levels of perfume and finesse. Serious and age worthy, it’s sappy and long. 2024-36
|Score: 94||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017|
Immediately on the nose you get the rich structure of the fruit, rippling with texture and life. It has just the right amount of drama, offering a tight and well-focussed delivery. This is beautiful, showing great underlying freshness and grip with real tension and minerality.
Drinking Window 2027 - 2050
|Score: 94||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017|