Grape Varietals: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot
Alcohol Percentage: 14%
Wine Rating: 94-95/100 (JS95 James Suckling), JD95 (Jeb Dunnuck), D94 (Decanter), WS94 (Wine Spectator), RP93 (Robert Parker's Wine Advocate)
Winemaking: Traditional in stainless steel, temperature-controlled tanks
Ageing: 14 months in casks, 40% of which are renewed on average
Maturation: Oaked Closure Type: Cork Harvest Date Notes: Manual
Color: Deep ruby/ purple color
Tasting Nose: Great aromatics of cassis and assorted blue fruits to go with smoked tobacco, cedar pencil, damp earth, and floral notes.
Palate: Medium to full-bodied, deep and nicely concentrated, with a vibrant core of ripe and fleshy fruit, lively acids and powdery structuring tannins that assert themselves on the youthfully firm finish, this shows considerable promise.
About the Winery:
One of the better-known Crus Bourgeois of the Medoc, still at reasonable prices. Chateau Gloria is made up of holdings of classified Crus and would deserve to be classified in its own right. Recent vintages have found all their character again, in the tradition of the great Saint-Julien wines. The Domaine Henri Martin vineyards are mostly situated in the Saint-Julien appellation, with some in the Haut-Medoc appellation under the Chateau Bel Air Gloria name. A surprising wine if you are prepared to wait: after 30 years, the 1970 vintage has just reached optimum maturity.