|Chateau Gloria ist lediglich ein Cru Bourgeois - schlecht für die Besitzer, gut für Sie. Denn die Preise für die Weine von Chateau Gloria sind äußerst fair, trotz der unbestritten hohen Qualität. Ein Beispiel dafür, wie wenig aussagekräftig das Klassement von 1855 heutzutage manchmal ist. Im Durchschnitt verlassen alljährlich 20.000 Kisten Chateau Gloria. Die Weine lassen sich schon früh genießen, reifen aber auch im Keller noch wunderschön in der Flasche. 50 Hektar umfassen die Weinberge von Chateau Gloria, sie sind zu 65% mit Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, und je 5% Petit Verdot und Cabernet Franc bepflanzt.
92-94 THE WINEADVOCATE: "The 2018 Gloria is deep garnet-purple colored and gives up expressive notions of warm red and black currants, black cherries and boysenberries with hints of spice cake, cedar chest, pencil lead and menthol. Full-bodied with a firm texture of ripe, grainy tannins, it has a lively line cutting through the dense, savory layers, finishing on a lingering spicy note. The blend is currently 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Anticipated aging is for 14 months in oak barriques, 40% new."
91 FALSTAFF: "Dunkles Rubingranat, violette Reflexe, zarte Randaufhellung. Zart kräuterwürzig unterlegte Cassisnuancen, frische Waldbeeren, ein Hauch von Orangenzesten. Mittlerer Körper, rote Kirschen, frisch strukturiert, etwas weitmaschig, charmanter Stil, feine Fruchtsüße im Nachhall."
93-96 WINESPECTATOR: "There´s lots here, with raspberry, blackberry, currant and blueberry fruit all playing a role, along with lively briar and licorice snap notes. An apple wood frame keeps the elements in line.—J.M."
93 DECANTER: "Gloria is fast becoming one of the most exciting insider wines of the entire Bordeaux region, and that rare species of a non-classified St-Julien. The fruit here is brambly, textured and autumnal, and again the alcohol seems generous but balanced, with plenty of St-Julien finesse. It has a feeling of not needing to go too far to convince anyone. This is some austerity here but there´s a bounce to the tannins through the mid-palate, while the alcohol is clearly there but not dominant, helped I would expect by relatively generous yields of 46hl/ha. Very good quality. 5% Cabernet Franc makes up the blend. 50% new oak."
93-94 JAMES SUCKLING: "This is a tight and linear red, showing dark berries and blueberries with cedar with flowers. Full-bodied and foursquare. Framed and focused."
91-94 ANTONIO GALLONI: "Gloria is once again fabulous. Brisk and vibrant, the 2018 has so much to offer. The 2018 is a bit more linear than other recent vintages (such as the 2016) but it nevertheless has a lot to offer. Bright red cherry, cedar, tobacco, spice and floral notes pulse with tremendous energy. The tannins need a few years in bottle to unwind, but there is so much to look forward to. The blend is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Tasted four times."
94 THE WINE CELLAR INSIDER: "Floral, espresso, blackberry and tobacco aromas are only the drum roll. The action here is on the palate with its lush, ripe tannins, freshness and smooth, fresh fruits. It is hard to believe this is better than the beautiful 2016 but it is! The wine was made from a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot 8% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc."
92-94 JEB DUNNUCK: "Readers looking for an estate on the uptick need to check out the 2018 Château Gloria, which is up with the finest vintages I’ve tasted from this Saint-Julien estate. Deeply colored with terrific cassis and blackberry fruits as well as ample leafy herbs and sappy flower notes, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, has polished, elegant tannins, and a great finish. It’s a juicy, fruit-forward effort with good concentration and lots of class. Drink it over the coming 25 years or more. The blend is currently 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, and the balance Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, from a selection of 65% of the total production, that’s currently resting in 40% new French oak."