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2018 Gloria, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1407954 93-94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is a tight and linear red, showing dark berries and blueberries with cedar with flowers. Full-bodied and foursquare. Framed and focused. Inner quote mark (4/2019)

92-94 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Readers looking for an estate on the uptick need to check out the 2018 Château Gloria, which is up with the finest vintages I’ve tasted from this Saint-Julien estate. Deeply colored with terrific cassis and blackberry fruits as well as ample leafy herbs and sappy flower notes, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, has polished, elegant tannins, and a great finish. It’s a juicy, fruit-forward effort with good concentration and lots of class. Drink it over the coming 25 years or more. The blend is currently 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, and the balance Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, from a selection of 65% of the total production, that’s currently resting in 40% new French oak. Inner quote mark (5/2019)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2018 Gloria is deep garnet-purple colored and gives up expressive notions of warm red and black currants, black cherries and boysenberries with hints of spice cake, cedar chest, pencil lead and menthol. Full-bodied with a firm texture of ripe, grainy tannins, it has a lively line cutting through the dense, savory layers, finishing on a lingering spicy note. (LPB) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

93 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Gloria is fast becoming one of the most exciting insider wines of the entire Bordeaux region, and that rare species of a non-classified St-Julien. The fruit here is brambly, textured and autumnal, and again the alcohol seems generous but balanced, with plenty of St-Julien finesse. It has a feeling of not needing to go too far to convince anyone. This is some austerity here but there's a bounce to the tannins through the mid-palate, while the alcohol is clearly there but not dominant, helped I would expect by relatively generous yields of 46hl/ha. Very good quality. (JA) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 Gloria has a wonderful, harmonious bouquet of copious blackberry, briary, cedar and tobacco notes that just feels so... effortless. The very harmonious palate offers pure black fruit laced with graphite. Displaying moderate weight and fine acidity, and quite linear and focused on the finish, this is a very classy Gloria that may warrant a higher score down the line. (NM) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Fresh and energetic, with violet, licorice and cassis aromas and flavors spilling forth while bramble and graphite run underneath. Applewood streak gives the finish some spine. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Black core with crimson rim. Wonderfully pure and intense cassis aroma, fragrant but not sweet. Upright, bone-dry, super-fine tannins. Even though this is so embryonic still, at the core is juicy, lively fruit, the dry and firm tannins kept in balance by that fruit. Tannins add to the freshness. Long finish. 17/20 points (JH) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

K&L Notes

91-94 points Antonio Galloni in Vinous: "Gloria is once again fabulous. Brisk and vibrant, the 2018 has so much to offer. The 2018 is a bit more linear than other recent vintages (such as the 2016) but it nevertheless has a lot to offer. Bright red cherry, cedar, tobacco, spice and floral notes pulse with tremendous energy. The tannins need a few years in bottle to unwind, but there is so much to look forward to. The blend is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Tasted four times." (4/2019)


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By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/4/2021 | Send Email
One of the true values of St. Julien, Gloria exceeds expectations this vintage! Full of rich juicy blackberry fruit with minty herbs, licorice and sweet baking spice, it has fantastic structure from ripe tannins and lifting acidity. This is poised to age beautifully.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/4/2021 | Send Email
This broad, rich Gloria is full of soft dark fruit. The ripe Cabernet does not go over the top into over-ripeness, but instead shows off the black fruit character of St. Julien in a ripe year. It is composed of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petite Verdot.

By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/10/2019 | Send Email
This is another BIG winner in 2018! Lot of mixed fruits with espresso hints in the nose and mouth, juicy, expressive, nearly exotic fruit. Very elegant in the mid-palate and long on the finish. The tannins are ripe and integrated. Excellent wine!

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