Peter Maude Fine Wines
2021, Château Gloria, SAINT JULIEN Cru Bourgeois
$63.25 inc. GST
Bordeaux Blend: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot.
The 2021 Gloria is the first vintage where the vineyard farming has moved to organic viticulture (though there are no plans for certification.) It has a very pure and perfumed nose thanks to the contribution of the Petit Verdot. The palate is medium-bodied and quite dense for the vintage, displaying fine body and weight, gentle grip and a touch of graphite toward the finish. Very fine. 91-93 Neal Martin.
I like the firmness and polish to this, with medium body, creamy tannins and a delicious finish. Racy and refined. 92-93 James Suckling.
Charming and extroverted, the 2021 Gloria bursts with aromas of cassis, cherries, sweet berries, fresh mint and loamy soil. Medium to full-bodied, ample and fleshy, it's a lively, seamless wine that wears its heart on its sleeve. This blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 14% Petit Verdot and 6% Cabernet Franc seems likely to emerge as a sleeper of the vintage. Tasted four times. 90-92 William Kelley.
Always a wine that manages to find itself on the right side of ripe, and the right side of exuberant and even in 2021 you will recognise those two skills here. This is bright, cheerful, carefully placed, enjoyable stuff with liqourice and bitter chocolate, First year organic, Jean Michel Comme consultant. 91 Jane Anson