2019 Chateau Gloria St. Julien

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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VN 96 JA 95 JD 95 DC 94 JS 94 JL 94 WS 94 WA 93 TWI 93
VN 96

Vinous, February 2023

The 2019 Gloria has a compelling nose: black fruit, crushed rocks, tobacco and very subtle marine scents that are all beautifully combined. Perhaps the most precise and delineated nose among an impressive array of...
JA 95

janeanson.com, November 2022

So good, this is a vibrant mix of young and exuberant, luxurious, seriously creamy in texture, crushed stone, baked earth, smoked caramel, damson, sweet blackberry and damson fruits. This is pure pleasure, hard to resist...
JD 95

jebdunnuck.com, April 2022

Showing beautifully, with the polished, pure, elegant style of the vintage, the 2019 Château Gloria sports a deeper ruby/purple color as well as great aromatics of cassis and assorted blue fruits to go with smoked...
DC 94

Decanter, January 2022

Such a deep, concentrated nose, full of ripe blackcurrants and black cherries. Great intensity and concentration on the palate, some dark spicy notes, liquorice, black pepper and cinnamon around the edges alongside layers...
JS 94

jamessuckling.com, January 2022

Sweet berry and cherry aromas with violets, following through to a medium to full body with creamy, linear tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Tight and curated, in a structured way. Try after 2027.
JL 94

TheWineCellarInsider.com, March 2022

Black currants, English breakfast tea, orange rind and cigar box are on the nose. On the palate., the wine is fresh, sweet, soft and elegant, as well as juicy, crisp and vibrant. The tannins are soft and polished, the...
WS 94

Wine Spectator, January 2022

Rock-solid, with a mouthwatering roasted apple wood and mesquite frame around a well-layered core of black currant, blackberry and plum fruit flavors. The finish features dots of tobacco and tar that add range but the...
WA 93

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2022

(93+ points) The 2019 Gloria has turned out very well, delivering aromas of blackcurrants, plums, burning embers and a deft framing of creamy new oak. Medium to full-bodied, deep and nicely concentrated, with a vibrant...
TWI 93

The Wine Independent, May 2023

The 2019 Gloria, a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot, is deep garnet-purple in color. Scents of blackcurrant jelly, plum preserves, and chocolate-covered cherries jump...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Julien
Vintage 2019
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14%
Closure Cork

Chateau Gloria is one-of-a-kind, created by Henri Martin who purchased plots piece-by-piece, but exclusively from crus classified in 1855. The 50 hectare vineyard spans three areas: the middle of Beychevelle, the west of Saint-Julien and, on the north, on the border of Pauillac.

The vines include 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot on Gunzian gravel soil over a layer of clay and sand. Average vine age is 40 years.

Chateau Gloria also has a second wine, Chateau Peymartin, produced using the estate's youngest vines.

Chateau Gloria is harvested by hand, with traditional vinification and fermentation in heat-regulated stainless steel vats. The wine matures for 14 months in casks, 40% of them new. Recent vintages have featured jammy fruit, typically prune and black currant, with rich but approachable tannins.

The 2019 Chateau Gloria St. Julien is a Bordeaux Blend that has garnered widespread acclaim from numerous professional reviewers. Produced by Chateau Gloria in the Bordeaux region of France, this red wine is noted for its vibrant and complex profile.

James Suckling rated the wine 94 points, praising its "sweet berry and cherry aromas with violets," and described it as having a "medium to full body with creamy, linear tannins and a long, flavorful finish." Suckling recommends trying it after 2027, emphasizing its structured nature ("jamessuckling.com," 1/19/2022).

Vinous, particularly Neal Martin, awarded the wine an impressive 96 points, highlighting its "compelling nose" with elements of "black fruit, crushed rocks, tobacco, and very subtle marine scents." Martin described the palate as "medium-bodied with a lively opening" and noted its "extraordinary length" ("Vinous," 2/28/2023).

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, via William Kelley, gave the wine 93 points, noting its "aromas of blackcurrants, plums, burning embers and a deft framing of creamy new oak." Kelley found the wine "deep and nicely concentrated," with "lively acids and powdery structuring tannins" ("Robert Parker's Wine Advocate," 4/7/2022).

Jeff Leve from TheWineCellarInsider.com also rated it 94 points, focusing on its "fresh, sweet, soft and elegant" palate, along with "loads of creamy cassis and a touch of chocolate on the backend" ("TheWineCellarInsider.com," 3/29/2022).

Decanter matched this score, commending the wine's "great intensity and concentration on the palate" and describing it as "full, bold, stylish, and energetic" ("Decanter," 1/5/2022).

Jeb Dunnuck was similarly enthusiastic, awarding it 95 points and extolling its "polished, pure, elegant style" and "great aromatics of cassis and assorted blue fruits" ("jebdunnuck.com," 4/11/2022).

Wine Spectator also gave the wine 94 points, appreciating its "mouthwatering roasted apple wood and mesquite frame" and "well-layered core of black currant, blackberry, and plum fruit flavors" ("Wine Spectator," 1/5/2022).

Jane Anson rated the wine 95 points, describing it as "vibrant, luxurious, seriously creamy in texture," with flavors of "crushed stone, baked earth, smoked caramel, and sweet blackberry" ("janeanson.com," 11/25/2022).

Finally, The Wine Independent gave it 93 points, noting its "deep garnet-purple color" and "scents of blackcurrant jelly, plum preserves, and chocolate-covered cherries" ("The Wine Independent," 5/1/2023).

Overall, the 2019 Chateau Gloria St. Julien is a highly regarded Bordeaux Blend that promises to age well, with a drinking window extending from 2024 to 2040.