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Producer Guide: Chateau Gloria (Bordeaux, France)

Chateau Gloria is on of the great estates of Saint Julien in Bordeaux. Although it does not carry the lofty recognition of the 1855 classification, it is an estate that is well known for consistency producing wines that outperform some of its more prestigious neighbours.

The property was acquired in 1942 by Henri Martin, a young cooper at the time. Over the years he started to purchase small plots of vines from classed growth properties such as Gruaud-Larose, Talbot, Lagrange and LĂ©oville-Barton. By 1965 Chateau Gloria consisted of 50 hectares in various part of the appellation.

Henri passed away in 1991 and the estate and its winemaking is now under the guidance of his son-in-law Jean-Louis Triaud. The wines are generally a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, aged in a combination of large and small oak barrels (50% new).

Its reputation has been built on consistently producing wines with a rich, blackcurrant fruit driven nose and palate that drink very well between seven and ten years from the vintage.