In 1942, Henri Martin purchased a small 6 hectare plot of vines which were previously the property of Chateau Beychevelle. Over several decades, Martin patiently and systematically bought additional ‘cru classé’ parcels which now make up the Chateau Gloria estate. By the mid-1960s the estate had 50 hectares, the majority of which are in St Julien however 9 hectares are in neighbouring Pauillac (these grapes are permitted for use in Chateau Gloria’s wines by special dispensation). Martin passed away in 1991 and has been succeeded by his daughter Francoise, son-in-law Jean-Louis Triaud, and his grandchildren Vanessa and Jean.

As a relatively new estate, Chateau Gloria does not hold Grand Cru Classé status, however it is widely regarded as offering quality wines that are easily on par with its neighbours. The superb Günzian gravel, sand and clay soil vineyards are planted to 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc. On average the vines are 40 years old. The grapes are hand-harvested and fermented in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks. From here, the wine spends 14 months in casks, 40% of which are new. Chateau Gloria is a contender for the best value Bordeaux wine from St Julien and is a lighter, elegant style that is often ready to drink within a few years of release but will also evolve wonderfully in the cellar.

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