2005 du Glana, St-Julien

SKU #1043692

90 points Wine Spectator: "Intense aromas of licorice, blackberry and flowers lead to a full-bodied palate, with rich, juicy, velvety tannins. Long and delicious. Very generous. Best after 2015." (03/08) If you miss the turn between Chateau Branaire-Ducru and Ducru-Beaucaillou, you will run into du Glana. In other words, the terroir atthis property is great (surrounded by Branaire-Ducru, Beychevelle, Talbot, and Ducru-Beaucaillou) and we have carried it off and on since Liquor Barn lost their exclusivity. An old-vine St-Julien that offers a lot of wine for a reasonable price. The quality of wines from this property has improved immensely. This gem has a deep, berry flavor with hints of cedar and plum. Quite jammy and rich for the property - a superb value from this excellent appellation. Clyde gives it 91 points. Great terroir and a steal for the vintage!

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/16/2009  | Send Email
This gem has a deep, berry flavor with hints of cedar and plum. Quite jammy and rich for the property—a superb value from this excellent appellation. 91 points from Clyde; 90 Spectator.

By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/6/2009  | Send Email
This deeply colored wine starts with dark fruit aromas followed by spice and licorice. Smoky cedar, flowers and ripe fruit on the palate with a long finish of more smoke and spice. Give this wine some time and you will be rewarded. A lot of wine from St. Julien for less than $30.

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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.