2016 Chateau Gloria 1.5 L

Year: 2016
Appellation: Saint-Julien
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 93-96
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 96
James Suckling: 94
Jeb Dunnuck: 94--Wine Enthusiast: 90-92--Jeff Leve: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :
$109.95

"Shows a flash of mint before giving way to a torrent of blueberry, blackberry and cassis flavors, pushed by energetic acidity and juicy, brambly grip. Plum cake and anise line the finish, along with a flash of tobacco. Lots going on here. Score range: 93-96 -JM " (WS)

"The 2016 Gloria is comprised of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot aged 14 months in 42% new and 58% one-year-old French oak. Deep garnet-purple in color, it sings of plum preserves, warm cassis and dark chocolate with touches of tobacco, bay leaves and lavender with a waft of dusty soil. The palate is medium-bodied, elegant and savory in the mouth with loads of layers and a lifted finish." (WA)

"The 2016 Gloria is one of the undisputed stars of this vintage. Rich, deep and explosive, the 2016 possesses tremendous intensity in all of its dimensions. Sweet red cherry, tobacco, menthol, licorice and dried rose petal all add complexity. In 2016 Gloria is a real head-turner. It should be a fabulous value as well. There is not much else to say."(VM)

"Beautiful aromas of blackcurrants and blueberries. Hot-stone undertones. Full-bodied, very tight and focused with very fine tannins that are strong and bright. Compressed. Serious. Try in 2023." (JS)

"I was lucky enough to taste the 2016 Chateau Gloria on multiple occasions and it’s unquestionably the finest vintage of this cuvée I’ve tasted. A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, aged in 42% new French oak, its deep purple color is followed by a powerful, medium to full-bodied wine that has thrilling purity in its ripe black and blue fruits, tobacco, and graphite-laced aromas and flavors. Deep, layered, with ripe tannins and the purity and freshness that makes the vintage so special, this is a brilliant Gloria to drink over the coming 20+ years." (JD)

"90–92. Barrel Sample. The tannins in this wine are firm, resulting in a selection of more structural grip than fruity opulence. It will need to evolve and mellow, ensuring that the fruit is allowed to come forward." (WE)

"Forward, fresh and refined, the deep red fruits, espresso, wet earth and spice combine to produce an outstanding wine of character and charm. This is clearly in contention to end up as the finest vintage Gloria has ever produced. 3559 Views Tasted May 13, 2018" (JL)