Chateau Gloria has released today at £158 per case of six or £316 per case of twelve, only a minor 5% increase to 2019. The 2020 release is a brilliant effort from this exceptional St. Julien. Neal Martin of Vinous Media has awarded it 93-95 points admiring, “An intense nose of penetrating blackberry, raspberry, crushed violet and crushed stone aromas. After 20 minutes, this just blossoms in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, fine acidity and just a touch of espresso and orange peel toward the finish, which remains taught and focused. What a wonderful Gloria!”

As a relatively new Estate dating back to 1942, Gloria does not hold Grand Cru Classe status, but as such is something of an open secret in Bordeaux, offering quality easily on par with its neighbours, yet it is available at a more attractive price. 
 

GloriaWAJSReleasePrice
202092-9494-95£316£316
201991-9394-95£300£300
201892-9493-94£346£300
20178991£316£270
20169394£360£330
20159194£285£330
20148994£205£280
201386n/a£225£280
201288n/a£240£290
20118889-90£240£335
20109390-91£315£460
20099390-93£275£475
200890n/a£195£350
200787n/a£178£350
20068789-91£165£380
20059092£185£880

 

The history of the Estate speaks volumes of its quality. Henri Martin bought Saint-Pierre to pin his name on a Classified Growth Chateau, however Chateau Gloria was his first love in Bordeaux. In 1942, during the Second World War, Martin took his first venture into wine, buying a 6 hectare parcel of vines from Chateau Beychevelle. Over time, Martin carefully collected and curated a total of 48 hectares from various Classified Growth Chateaux under the name Chateau Gloria. Nine of these hectares are located in the commune of Pauillac, but which are permitted for use on Gloria by special dispensation: the remainder in St. Julien. Gloria recently completed a long, meticulous renovation of the winemaking facilities, where Saint Pierre is also made, under an agreement with the appellation of St Julien. Henri Martin died in 1991 at the age of 88 and the Estate is now run by his son-in-law, Jean-Louis Triaud. 

Gloria’s sibling, Chateau Saint Pierre has also been released today. Antonio Galloni of Vinous Media calls it his early favourite in this vintage, awarding it 93-95 points: The 2020 Saint-Pierre (Saint-Julien) is shaping up to be a jewel of a wine. Inky, rich and explosive, the 2020 possesses magnificent intensity from start to finish. Crème de cassis, lavender, spice, chocolate, licorice, graphite and menthol infuse the 2020 with striking depth.” James Suckling ads to the point granting Saint Pierre an impressive score of 95-96 points and noting, “A firm, very structured wine from here, with intense tannins that are very polished and long. Pure fruit. One of the best in a long time.”

Saint Peirre is offered today at the price of £231 per case of six, £462 per case of 12 which represents a great value for a wine of such pedigree and considering its critical acclaim and scores. 

Saint PierreWAJSReleasePrice
202094-9695-96£462£462
201994-96+92-93£422£422
201894-9694£506£500
20179593£470£470
201694+96£545£420
201591+91-92£420£480
20149292£305£370
201388n/a£300£340
201291n/a£340£390
201187+89-90£354£340
20109792-93£610£650
20099891-94£510£750
200893n/a£280£420
200791n/a£280£420
20069089-91£270£420
20059489-91£300£750

Chateau Saint Pierre dates back to the 17th Century and was classified a 4th Growth in the 1855 Classification. In 1982 the Château was bought by Henri Martin, the founder of Chateau Gloria. Based in the heart of St. Julien, in the village of Beychevelle, the Chateau is bordered by Gruaud Larose and Ducru-Beaucaillou and benefits from an exceptional terroir of deep gravel soils.

Another value buy from the Left Bank of Bordeaux is Chateau de Fieuzal, Grand Cru Classe de Graves. It is released today at £152 per case of six or £304 per case of 12. Complex and wonderfully fragrant it received 92-94 points from Lisa Perrotti-Brown of The Wine Advocate who admires, scents of black cherry compote, blackcurrant pastilles and baked plums, plus hints of violets, dark chocolate, powdered cinnamon and dried mint. The medium to full-bodied palate is chock-full of juicy black fruits, framed by wonderfully velvety tannins and just enough freshness, finishing on an uplifting mineral note.” 

 

FieuzalWAJSReleasePrice
202092-9493-94£304£304
201992-9492-93£270£270
201891-9392-93£360£360
2017n/an/an/an/a
201690-9294£385£360
20159094£249£300
201490+92£195£300
20138790£209£270
201289+?89£230£290
20118891£235£250
20109092£285£360
200992+94£259£375
20089292£175£320
200790n/a£160£240
200686n/a£145£360
200594n/a£165£470

 

Chateau de Fieuzal is a historic property in the Graves region of Pessac-Leognan, dating back to the 1500s. Situated on the famous gravel and divided by the Eau Blanche stream, the vineyards of Fieuzal benefit from the minerality and stoniness of the well-drained soil. In 2001, Lochlann Quinn, the chairman of Allied Irish Banks, purchased Fieuzal and brought in famed chateau owner Hubert de Bouard (of Chateau Angelus in St. Emilion) as a consultant. In 2012, the Estate underwent a multi-million Euro renovation, including the creation of a new cellar and modernising the winery to allow parcel-by-parcel vinification.