Gloria 2010

St Julien

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Tasting Notes

The Gloria 2010 leaps out of the glass: blackberry, boysenberry, cedar and graphite aromas that are pure and beautifully defined. This palate does not disappoint: mineral rich black fruit, a saline tang, hints of sous-bois and a beautifully controlled but intense graphite finish that reminds me of Ducru-Beaucaillou. This is an outstanding Saint Julien from an estate that has produced a clutch of high performing wines in recent years. Perhaps the greatest Gloria ever made?

Score: 95

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, 01 March 2013

Tasted at a negociant, the Gloria ’10 has a well-defined bouquet, very precise with ripe blackberry, raspberry, cedar and graphite. Good intensity, very crisp and focused. The palate is medium-bodied with chalky tannins, very good acidity, reserved and focused with a very powerful finish of blackberry, graphite and tobacco. Long in the mouth, this is a great Gloria for long-term ageing. Tasted April 2011.

Score: 94 - 96

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, 15 April 2011

The 2010 Gloria is an ass-kicking, fabulous value once again from this estate, which would probably be classified if the 1855 hierarchy of the wines of the Medoc were ever done again. Abundant notes of cedar wood, fruitcake, flowers, crème de cassis and kirsch are all present in this full-bodied, opulent, dense, dark ruby/purple wine. It is slightly more restrained than the flamboyant 2009, but equal in quality. This is a juicy, well-proportioned, sensationally concentrated, super-ripe Gloria to drink over the next decades. Of course, it is a sleeper of the vintage, given the reasonable price it normally sells for.

Score: 93

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, 01 February 2013

A sensational effort, the 2010 Gloria may turn out to be the finest wine they have made since 1982, although the 2009 is a serious contender for that honor as well. A bigger than life as well as more backward than normal offering, the 2010 exhibits an inky/purple color along with an opulent display of black currants, jammy cherries, licorice, cedar and roasted herbs. Some serious tannin gives the wine grip, but this is a full-bodied, big, thick, well-proportioned, super-endowed Gloria that will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring and keep for two decades.

Score: 91 - 93

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, 04 May 2011

Dark, toasty oak does not stop the pure dark fruit, mildly herbal, shining through. Lovely combination on the palate of savoury dark fruit and cool freshness. Full flavoured in a taut and elegant framework with a touch of leafy fragrance at the very end. Delicious.

Score: 17 - 18

Julia Harding MW, 10 April 2012

63%CS, 26%M, 5%CF, 6%PV. 38% new oak, yields of 46hl/ha. Classic nose of fresh blackberry and mint. Juicy fruit with an appealing cashmere texture. A nice long finish on the fruit, with some vanilla character on the end. Soft and balanced. Lovely. (Recommended)

Score: 90 - 93

Albany Vintners, - 27 April 2011

Tasted 5 Apr: Very dense crimson. Tobacco and leather and very serious stuff. Dense and rich and sweet on the palate after a more classically styled St-Julien nose. Very appealing even if a little more astringent than a top St-Julien. Tasted blind 8 Apr: Dark and rich and very upright. Beautifully balanced, dry and cool without being austere of drying. The fruit is succulent and yet the framework is there. Very luscious indeed but very 2010. Very firm mineral finish. Long. Bravo! (Score: 17.5 20-35)

Score: 17

Jancis Robinson MW, Maturity: 2018-2030 19 April 2011

Deep cassis fruit, already a fragrant and lifted nose, refreshing Cabernet flavours and good length, the quality of a Cru Classé.

Score: 17 - 18

Decanter, Maturity: 2017-2028 01 April 2011

Mouthfilling, with a core of plum and black currant fruit that expands in the mouth, while tobacco, graphite and roasted fig notes filling in. Long, with a dark tarry edge on the finish.

Score: 92 - 95

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator 31 March 2011

A little coarse, with chewy tannins, but velvety in texture. Full body, with plenty of fruit and bright acidity. Raw but interesting.

Score: 90 - 91

James Suckling, 25 March 2011