1997 Gloria, St-Julien (1.5L)

SKU #1015284 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Recent vintages of Gloria have pushed the level of quality even higher. There is no doubting this cunningly made wine that offers mouthfilling levels of black cherry, herb-tinged, cassis fruit. There is plenty of glycerin in this velvety-textured, medium-bodied Gloria. Pure, plump, and succulent, it is all a young, exuberant claret should be. However, do not expect it to age long; this is a wine to drink during its first decade of life. A sleeper of the vintage.  (4/ 1998)

Wine Spectator

 A wine with pleasant berry and wet earth character. Medium-bodied, with silky tannins and a fresh fruit finish.  (1/ 2000)

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By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/22/2013  | Send Email
This 120 acre property is planted to 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 5% each of Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot. They consistently produce high quality, fine value claret with a strong St. Julien character and this 1997 is a fantastic example of the strength of the Chateau. Cinnamon and I opened this magnum for a small dinner party and paired it with both slow cooked beef brisket and porchetta. I found it to be a smooth operator, with cool, mellow, curranty Cabernet fruit and a seamless texture. My father drank it with us and reminded me of our sharing the 1996 together... We both agreed the 1997 was the better wine. Get your magnums before they are gone!
Top Value! Drink from 2013 to 2017

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Julien

- St. Julien, the smallest of the four famous appellations of the Haut Medoc, is known for highly extracted, finely structured, Cabernet-based reds. It is nestled between Pauillac to the north and Margaux to the south. Like St. Estephe, there are no first growths in this area. Leoville-las-Cases, Leoville Poyferre, Leoville Barton, Ducru Beaucaillou, and Gruard Larose are the second-growths of St. Julien followed by Lagrange which is the only third-growth. Beychevelle, Branaire Ducru, St. Pierre, and Talbot, which are all fourth-growth wines, round out the grand cru classe chateaux. In the last several vintages, wineries from this appellation have been out-performing their traditional rankings making many of the wines from this region some of the best values in red wine today.