Gloria 2016

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Tasting Notes

The 2016 Gloria was one of the vexing wines that seemed out of sorts compared to their very impressive showings out of barrel. It has a slightly leafy bouquet that feels a little muted at the moment compared to its peers. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin and plenty of tobacco, but a bit of rusticity shows through on the finish. I wonder if this Gloria is just suffering from lingering bottle shock.

Score: -

Neal Martin, 01 January 2019

The 2016 Gloria is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 7% Cabernet Franc that was picked from 29 September until 17 October. It is matured in slightly less oak than the Saint-Pierre, at 40%. This is a little more backward and broody compared to the Saint-Pierre and indeed its Saint Julien peers, demanding more coaxing from the glass. It almost reluctantly unfolds and unveils subtle pencil box and dry tobacco aromas. The palate is more outgoing than the aromatics with a vibrant, almost citrus-fresh opening, tensile tannins and a satisfying sense of energy. This feels nimble and agile in the mouth with a touch of white pepper lingering on the aftertaste. You come away with the feeling that this Gloria has something up its sleeve for those with patience to cellar it for eight to ten years.

Score: 93 - 95

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2024-2060 28 April 2017

The 2016 Gloria is one of the undisputed stars of this vintage. Rich, deep and explosive, the 2016 possesses tremendous intensity in all of its dimensions. Sweet red cherry, tobacco, menthol, licorice and dried rose petal all add complexity. In 2016 Gloria is a real head-turner. It should be a fabulous value as well. There is not much else to say.

Score: 96

Antonio Galloni, Maturity: 2026-2046 01 January 2019

The 2016 Gloria is striking. Ripe, dense and beautifully layered in the glass, the 2016 exudes class. Super-ripe red cherry, plum, pomegranate, rose petal, cinnamon and licorice notes abound, but it is the wine's juiciness and overall texture that are most appealing, A super-classic Saint-Julien, Gloria delivers serious quality for the money. Despite its obvious depth and fleshiness, the 2016 Gloria is also one of the most restrained, gracious Saint-Juliens readers will come across.

Score: 92 - 95

Antonio Galloni, 25 April 2017

The 2016 Gloria is comprised of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot aged 14 months in 42% new and 58% one-year-old French oak. Deep garnet-purple in color, it sings of plum preserves, warm cassis and dark chocolate with touches of tobacco, bay leaves and lavender with a waft of dusty soil. The palate is medium-bodied, elegant and savory in the mouth with loads layers and a lifted finish.

Score: 93

Lisa Perotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2020-2035 30 November 2018

Immediately on the nose you get the rich structure of the fruit, rippling with texture and life. It has just the right amount of drama, offering a tight and well-focussed delivery. This is beautiful, showing great underlying freshness and grip with real tension and minerality.

Score: 94

Decanter Maturity: 2027-2050 20 April 2017

Clean bramble fruits with some chocolate character and cedar. Lots of lift and a smooth, easy and uncomplicated vanilla finish.

Score: 90 - 92

Albany Vintners 19 April 2017

Sweet and energetic and very glossy. Just a little austere on the end. Bone dry. Quite demanding. Just not quite enough ripe fruit for the not inconsiderable tannins.

Score: 16 - 17

Jancis Robinson MW, Maturity: 2024-2038 18 April 2017

Shows a flash of mint before giving way to a torrent of blueberry, blackberry and cassis flavors, pushed by energetic acidity and juicy, brambly grip. Plum cake and anise line the finish, along with a flash of tobacco. Lots going on here.

Score: 93 - 96

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator 06 April 2017

Dense and layered red with berry and tobacco character, a full body and a savory finish. Got it all here.

Score: 93 - 94

James Suckling, 24 March 2017