1985 Gloria, St-Julien

SKU #951080 John Gilman

Outer quote mark Château Gloria, back in the days when Henri Martin was alive and still running the property, was always one of the most user-friendly wines out of the blocks and a very good value, though of course, not generally built for the long haul. I was happy to see how well the 1985 Gloria continues to drink, with its wide open personality still quite enjoyable and showing no signs of imminent decline. The wine offers up a pretty nose of red and black cherries, cigar ash, a nice touch of soil and a gentle topnote of crushed violets. On the palate the wine is fullish, plush and nicely balanced, with melted tannins, fine focus and a long, juicy and very pleasing finish. This is not the most complex glass of claret, but there is a lot still to like here and it should continue to be quite tasty for years to come. Good juice. Inner quote mark (9/2014)

K&L Notes

A new-ish Bordeaux estate, having been established in the mid-20th century by Henri Martin, who was born at Château Gruaud Larose in 1903. Martin purchased six hectares of vines in St-Julien that used to be part of Beychevelle on the advice of Jean-Charles Cases (Lynch Bages) in 1942. Those vines eventually grew into the 50-hectare Château Gloria, which is an assemblage of plots purchased entirely from vineyards classified as Grands Crus in 1855. It is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.

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