Château Gloria

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Detail of a Château Gloria 1975 label

Château Gloria is an unclassed Bordeaux wine from the Saint-Julien appellation. The winery is located in the central part of France’s Bordeaux wine region Haut-Médoc, in the commune of Saint-Julien-Beychevelle.

Regarded as a well-made wine with the best characteristics of Saint-Julien, it is estimated by many to be on a par with the classed growths.[1][2]

The château also produces a second wine from its younger vines named Château Peymartin.

History[edit]

A relatively young estate, Château Gloria was founded and assembled by Monsieur Henri Martin who established the reputation of Gloria within the space of a generation.[3] With the first acquisitions of 6 hectares (15 acres) of vines in 1942, and purchase of the chai of Château Saint-Pierre, Martin added to the estate over the years with land bought from the surrounding classed estates, including châteaux Saint-Pierre, Beychevelle, Léoville-Poyferré, Gruaud-Larose, Léoville-Barton, Ducru-Beaucaillou, Lagrange and a Saint-Julien property of Duhart-Milon, making up its present size.[3][4]

The estate was included in the proposal by INAO to revise the 1855 classification, and subsequently became listed in the private classification of Alexis Lichine.[1][3]

The current proprietor of the estate is Martin's son-in-law, Jean-Louis Triaud.[4]

Production[edit]

The vineyard area extends 48 hectares (120 acres), with the grape variety distribution of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit verdot.[4]

An average of 20,000 cases of the Grand vin are produced annually. Of the second wine Chateau Peymartin there are produced approximately 4,000 cases.[4]

References[edit]

Footnotes
  1. ^ a b Lichine, Alexis (1967). Alexis Lichine's Encyclopedia of Wines and Spirits. London: Cassell & Company Ltd. p. 277. 
  2. ^ Johnson, Hugh (1971). The World Atlas of Wine. London: Mitchell Beazley Ltd. p. 80. ISBN 0-85533-002-3. 
  3. ^ a b c Peppercorn, David (2003). Bordeaux. London: Mitchell Beazley. pp. 119–120. ISBN 1-84000-927-6. 
  4. ^ a b c d Kissack, Chris, thewinedoctor.com. "Chateau Gloria". 

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