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Château Gloria

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2018 Château Gloria  (St. Julien) 94

Floral, espresso, blackberry and tobacco aromas are only the drum roll. The action here is on the palate with its lush, ripe tannins, freshness and smooth, fresh fruits. It is hard to believe this is better than the beautiful 2016 but it is! The wine was made from a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot 8% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc. 93-95 Pts

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2017 Château Gloria  (St. Julien) 90

Fresh, bright, sweet crisp and fresh, the wine is medium-bodied, with ample ripe red fruits, herbs, tobacco and cedar to make it interesting.

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Espresso bean, cassis, licorice, tobacco and dark cherry fruits are easily available here. The wine is medium bodied, soft, and will be easy to enjoy in its youth. The wine was made from a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot 8% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc.

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2016 Château Gloria  (St. Julien) 94

Elegant, fresh, floral, refined and with a real Saint Julien refined character, the wine has concentration focus, energy, ripe red fruits and freshness. This is easily the best wine produced in the history of the estate.

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Forward, fresh and refined, the deep red fruits, espresso, wet earth and spice combine to produce an outstanding wine of character and charm. This is clearly in contention to end up as the finest vintage Gloria has ever produced.

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Exotic tobacco, anisette and fresh-picked currants on the nose. On the palate, the wine is well coiffed and fresh. The fruit is clean and pure and the perfume lingers in your brain. This is clearly the best wine ever from Gloria. The wine was made from a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot.

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2015 Château Gloria  (St. Julien) 93

This is just a terrific wine and value. Elegant, refined, fresh, lively, and with an earthy, ripe, dark, red berry character that grows and expands in the glass and on your palate. Medium/full bodied, this will be just great with 5 years or so in the bottle.

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Elegant, polished, fresh, medium bodied with a really nice character to all its sweet, black and dark red fruits.

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Licorice, black raspberries and earth create the perfume that leads to a finish laced with freshness, cherries and thyme. This medium-bodied, finesse-styled wine was produced from a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot and 6% Cabernet Franc. The wine will be aged in 45% new, French oak barrels for about 14 months. The harvest took place from September 21 to October 7. This one should drink well early. If this develops well, and it should, this will be a contender for the best vintage Gloria has ever produced. 91 - 93 Pts

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2014 Château Gloria  (St. Julien) 92

Medium bodied, fresh and refined, there is a marked, energetic, red berry quality to the wine that allows it to deliver a bright, elegant, fresh, cherry and cassis note that really sings. This is a contender for the best value in a top Left Bank for 2014.

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Filled with ripe boysenberry, deep chocolate, flowers and sweet black cherries, this wine treats the palate to lush, creamy tannins and a lengthy finish chock-a-block with fresh fruit. Produced from a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc, this wine should drink well early. The wine will be aged in 45% new, French oak barrels for about 14 months. 91-93 Pts

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2013 Château Gloria  (St. Julien) 87

With a touch of oak, licorice and black cherry, this medium bodied, forward, freshly styled wine, finishes with red plums and a hint of cranberry.

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Dark red berries, espresso and fennel add some complexity to this soft, forward wine. Showcasing cherry, earth and licorice, this wine was successful for the vintage. 88-89 Pts

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2012 Château Gloria  (St. Julien) 90

Forward and open in style, with soft tannins, medium body and good freshness to the ripe, dark, red fruits. The wine was produced from a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot.

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Licorice, smoke, coffee and dark berry aromas lead to a polished, soft, medium/full-bodied Gloria that’s slightly oaky, but still appealing. 89-91 Pts

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2011 Château Gloria  (St. Julien) 90

This is really quite strong for the vintage. Open and forward, this medium bodied, dark cherry, licorice and mocha profile is made even better with the soft, dark red fruits in the finish.

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Coffee, smoke, jam and blackberry scents in the nose. Medium-bodied with a supple, round, sweet black cherry finish. 90-91 Pts

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2010 Château Gloria  (St. Julien) 92

With ample ripe blackberry, chocolate, spice and espresso, this tannic, powerful vintage of Gloria is built to age and evolve. It has the depth and structure to improve for years. From a blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot, this is one of the best buys from St. Julien in this vintage.

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2009 Château Gloria  (St. Julien) 92

I like how this is showing today. Mature and ready to, the wine is medium-bodied, elegant, refined, fresh and focuses you on its ripe red, earthy fruits and tobacco leaf notes easily. Drink this now and over the next 12-15 years.

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Medium.full bodied with fresh blackberry, chocolate and cherry scents, this supple textured, ripe, sweet wine will compete with many classified growths in a blind tasting. At just under $40, this blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot is a Bordeaux wine worth buying.

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2009 Gloria offers earth, berries, and fennel in the nose. This medium bodied, elegantly textured St. Julien should drink well early. 89-91 Pts

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2008 Château Gloria  (St. Julien) 91

Ready to go, this medium bodied, elegant charmer hits the spot with its soft, pure, earthy, spicy red fruit character. You can enjoy this now, and over the next decade and probably for at least a few more years after that.

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2008 Gloria offers cassis and dark cherry with herbs in the nose. Already drinking well, this medium to full bodied, easy to drink wine should offer pleasure early. 90 Pts

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2007 Château Gloria  (St. Julien) 86

Medium bodied, easy drinking, fully mature wine showing equal amounts of secondary, earth, tobacco and forest aromatics as red fruit, this requires drinking over the next 3-5 years.

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2006 Château Gloria  (St. Julien) 90

Tobacco, cocoa, wet earth, mushroom and thyme aromas show a wine that is developing nicely. On the palate, the wine is medium bodied, soft, fresh and offering a melange of blackberry and plums in the endnote. You can drink this now, or give it a few more years for more complexity.

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This finesse styled wine has gotten much better over the past years. Tobacco, earth and black cherries are in the forefront, followed by soft, delicate textures and a spicy, fresh, red berry finish.

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2005 Château Gloria  (St. Julien) 90

Showing light ruby with bricking in the color, the earthy, tobacco and cedar chest nose, with its medium bodied, soft, red berry finish is clearly in a good place today. However, a few more years could help soften the tannins and bring out a bit more in the nose.

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With a perfume of blackberries, tobacco, herbs, cassis and black cherry, this medium/full bodied St. Julien is already showing well. A few more years and this should be at perfection.

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2004 Château Gloria  (St. Julien) 87

Medium bodied with a bit too much oak, the black raspberry and crisp, red plum and leafy profile are serving up all it has to offer. I’d opt for drinking this sooner than later.

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Medium bodied, with good freshness, but lacking in concentration, this dark, red berry focused wine is a wine that is best enjoyed in its youth.

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2003 Château Gloria  (St. Julien) 90

This charming, developed, medium bodied, soft, earthy, forest floor, kirsch and tobacco filled wine is ready for prime time drinking.

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2001 Château Gloria  (St. Julien) 85

Medium bodied, elegantly styled, with a fresh, cherry and earthy character, the tobacco and cigar box notes add a lot to the wine. Fully mature, this is ready to go.

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2000 Château Gloria  (St. Julien) 90

If you're looking for power, find another wine. This is about finesse, elegance and current drinkability. The nose offers tobacco, black cherry and earthy scents. The palate is refined, soft and already serving the goods. It's probably not going to make it to old age, but there is no rush to drink this before it hits 20.

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1990 Château Gloria  (St. Julien) 85

Better on the nose, with its spicy, tobacco laden perfume, than on the medium bodied, red berry, bright palate, as the fruit has clearly started fading. Drink up.

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1982 Château Gloria  (St. Julien) 85

Well past its prime, the wine has lost much of its fruit and is showing mostly, secondary characteristics, with more acidity than fruit on the palate. Not much fun to drink. If you're holding any remaining bottles, I'd finish them sooner than later as this is not going to get better, and will jjjust continue losing fruit.

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I was surprised how well this small wine was showing at the ripe old age of 30. The earthy, herbal, forest, tobacco, cedar and cassis. medium body and soft textures made this a lot of fun to drink. I would not hold it for further aging as there is not enough stuffing to allow the age much further.

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