2015 Chateau Gloria (St Julien)
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale: $44.94 (was: $46.94)
Chateau Gloria is among the greatest insider deals of the Left Bank, thanks to its 'cru classé' quality and 'cru Bourgeois' price. Gloria is “one of the very finest values readers will come across in Bordeaux” according to Vinous, and that’s all thanks to the eccentricities of the Bordeaux classification.
Bordeaux maverick Henri Martin cobbled together Chateau Gloria after WWII through purchases from classified estates, including second growths like Gruaud Larose and Leoville-Barton. That famous classification of 1855 however lists producers and not vineyards, so Gloria never got a spot on the list. That omission means pricing is outrageously reasonable compared to its peers!
A true upstart, Chateau Gloria was founded in 1942 by cooper's son Henri Martin. It never graced the tables of kings and wasn’t written about by Thomas Jefferson, and yet according to Robert Parker, there is “rarely a better wine for the money.”
Gloria is a textbook St Julien: regal, powerful, and long-lived. The chateau actually has a full nine hectares of vines in neighboring Pauillac that they are permitted to use in its grand vin, which contribute to the character as well. With the ripe fruit and sweet tannin characteristic of the vintage (one of the best ever for this chateau), Gloria may seem approachable today, but we strongly encourage you to lay some of these down as the 2015 will age gracefully for decades. Cheers!