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2012 du Glana, St-Julien

SKU #1262076 90 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Fine and silky with pretty aromas and flavors of currants and stones. Medium body, dense fruit and fine tannins. Racy finish. Inner quote mark (2/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Features a smoldering charcoal edge, with focused plum, cassis and bitter cherry fruit forming the core. Sleek, with iron and loam notes underscoring the finish. Shows solid length and drive, and should age nicely. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2015)

K&L Notes

Château du Glana is at the heart of the St-Julien commune, and stylistically it’s right down the middle: neither too modern and heavy bodied, nor too funky and old school. The red fruit in the du Glana wines, and really great aromatics, were only enhanced in this 2012 vintage. The 2012 du Glana needs a decanting to show its full potential. About half an hour after you decant it, it really comes alive. Deep olive and dark chocolate aromas complement the eucalyptus and huckleberry fruit. On the palate the wine’s tannin and acidity are nicely integrated and the development shows in the guise of savory cigar and pepper notes. Alongside this is a pretty red berry note and a hint of eucalyptus. Well-balanced, and slightly lighter in body, this wine is absolutely built for food. Consider serving this with a rack of lamb or a steak and roasted root vegetables.

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By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/11/2019 | Send Email
Du Glana, located right across from Ducru Beaucaillou, offers the classic St. Julien experience at a great price. The 2012 is a great example: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon/40% Merlot. Dark cherry, black currants, graphite, with good concentration and fine tannins. Drink now or store for near-to-midterm enjoyment

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/12/2017 | Send Email
This is currently a go to Bordeaux bottle for me. Unsurprisingly it is from my favorite commune, St. Julien, which continues to be home to some of the most elegant, wonderfully savory and textbook value examples of left bank Bordeaux. This 2012 shows the supple red fruited qualities of the vintage, with lovely floral undertones and admirable balance. Thinking of this wine has me craving a nice steak and reaching for the decanter - not a bad notion for your next Friday evening at home!

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/28/2017 | Send Email
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This property is under the radar in Bordeaux-located new Gloria and Branaire Ducru, the terroir can not be underestimated.Fine and silky with pretty aromas and flavors of red currants and earth. Medium body, dense fruit and fine tannins. Superb value!
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By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/5/2016 | Send Email
One of the many things I love about K&L is that I'm constantly being exposed to new-to-me Bordeaux Chateau that are a terrific value. Today's find: Chateau du Glana. The 2012 has a beautiful sweet fruit nose and palate with lots of cassis and raspberry well complimented by notes of cola nuts. The wines structure is defined by acidic lift and a well integrated spicy oak giving it an overall elegance not often found in a bottle of such modestly priced Bordeaux. I'll be adding several bottles of this great value to my cellar.

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