About Chateau Gloria 2016 Saint-Julien
The creator of Chateau Gloria, Henri Martin, was born in 1903 at a neighboring St. Julien estate, Chateau Gruaud Larose. Martin came from a wine family background, as his family has roots that date back to 1600’s in Bordeaux and so was destined for a future in wine. On the advice of his friend, Jean-Charles Cazes (the father of Jean Michel Cazes of Chateau Lynch Bages) in 1942, Henri Martin purchased 15 acres of vines located on the Left Bank in the St. Julien appellation. The vines were previously the property of Chateau Beychevelle. That early purchase eventually grew into Chateau Gloria.
In 2016, Chateau Gloria finished a multi year long, complete renovation of the entire winemaking facilities. The wine is vinified in stainless steel tanks that range in size from 50 hectoliters up to 178 hectoliters. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel. Chateau Gloria is aged in 40% new, French oak barrels for 14 months. For this wine from the outstanding 2016 vintage the blend is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 7% Cabernet Franc. This wine has received rave reviews is considered to be one of the best values of the vintage.
The Wine Advocate scored it 93 points saying "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."
Wine Spectator scored it 94 points and said "This has a slightly chunky feel now, with bramble and tar notes jutting out a bit, but the core is saturated with cassis and blackberry fruit flavors and there's fun energy throughout. Offers a lovely tug of sweet tobacco detail on the finish too. Just let this settle in the cellar. Best from 2024 through 2038."
and Vinous scored it 96 points saying "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."