2016 Château Gloria, S-Julien
Duty Free (EP)
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 7% Cabernet Franc
Gloria is increasingly becoming a very good buy for those 'in the know'. Their 2016 is a great expression of St-Julien cabernet - a striking wine with dense black fruit and exotic spice.40% new oak adds a touch of polish, with roasted coffee and dark chocolate enhancing the luscious cassis. Ben Godfrey - Buyer, Mr.Wheeler
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. Scores: 93/95 - Neal Martin
Dense and layered red with berry and tobacco character, a full body and a savory finish. Got it all here. Scores: 93/94 - James Suckling
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. Drink 2024-2038. Scores: 16.5 - Jancis Robinson
UB* - Under Bond This wine is available En Primeur. The price shown is not inclusive of UK duty and VAT, which is payable at the prevailing rate (On publication duty was £25.92 per case of 12 x 75cl bottles, plus 20% VAT) upon delivery from bond.Wines will be shipped in the spring of 2019 and we'll contact you once they've arrived. You will have the option to take delivery, or keep your wine in professional storage.
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