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January 21, 2019

IG Wines – Gloria 2016, 12×75, £360, 96 Pts – Galloni’s in-bottle scores released

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On Friday night, Antonio Galloni released his 2016 in-bottle scores for Vinous Media. Of the vintage, he states The bottled 2016s capture every bit of the potential I sensed when I started tasting the wines from barrel…The best 2016s are powerful, richly layered, vibrant and stunningly beautiful, not to mention incredibly delicious and alluring. For so many wines and estates, 2016 is an epic vintage. He has awarded seven wines 100 points; Haut Brion, Latour, Mouton Rothschild, Palmer, Pichon Lalande, Tertre-Roteboeuf and Vieux Chateau Certan. Notably, he awarded Margaux and Pontet Canet 99, Figeac 98+ points, and Montrose and Ducru Beaucaillou 98. Those in bold we can offer as per the table at the bottom of the offer.

Great vintages such as 2016 allow good estates to create great wines, wines that can compete with the leading wines at brilliant prices. This vintage should be used to fill gaps in the cellar at the value end. Galloni makes this very point ‘Bordeaux centers around 30, maybe 40, wines. That’s too bad, because there are literally dozens of affordable wines in this article that command a fraction of the prices of Bordeaux’s most visible bottles’. He highlights this further with a ‘Value Play’ section, foremost of these wines is Gloria. He has awarded it 96 points, one of the highest scores in St.Julien. Of it he says‘2016 Gloria is one of the undisputed stars of this vintage…a real head-turner. It should be a fabulous value as well. There is not much else to say.’

The score of 96 is a jump from Galloni’s original 92-95 points from barrel. It must now be considered the finest Gloria ever, surpassing the 90 point scoring 2005 which trades at £450, the 93 point scoring 2009, which trades at £390 and the 93 point scoring 2010, which trades at £420. We have managed to secure a parcel at the release price of £360 per case of 12 bottles. This is a towering Gloria with an unmissable Price over Points ratio of 22.5, exceptional for a superb Bordeaux in a great vintage. At £30 a bottle and said POP score, this now becomes one of the most undervalued Bordeaux wines in any vintage, with a score that matches First Growths in many vintages, trading at an order of magnitude higher; £300+ a bottle. Gloria 2016 was also awarded 93-95 points from Neal Martin in barrel, who releases his scores this week.

The history of the Estate speaks volumes of it 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 on the advice of his friend Jean-Charles Cazes, who himself had bought Lynch Bages and Ormes de Pez a few years earlier. 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. As a new Estate, it 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. Henri Martin died in 1991 at the age of 88 and the Estate is now run by his son-in-law, Jean-Louis Triaud.

It is worth noting in closing that Galloni says of the vintage ‘I wrote that Saint-Julien was the star of the vintage on the Left Bank. I still feel that way about many wines in the appellation. Pauillac is a much larger appellation, but the wines are simply regal. Gloria straddles both villages and in 2016 it embodies the exceptional nature and quality of these to great appellations.

 
We are also very pleased to offer the following from 2016 in very limited quantites -

Wine

Vintage

AG

WA

Format

Price

Vieux Chateau Certan

2016

100

100

6×75

£1,175

Mouton Rothschild

2016

100

100

6×75

£2,600

Margaux

2016

99

99

3×75

£1,300

Margaux

2016

99

99

6×75

£2,600

Figeac

2016

98+

97+

12×75

£1,920

Figeac

2016

98+

97+

6×75

£960

Pavie

2016

98+

N/A

6×75

£1,750

Montrose

2016

98

99

6×75

£750

Ducru Beaucaillou

2016

98

98

6×75

£840

Lynch Bages

2016

96

97+

12×75

£1,225

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