Château Gloria 2007, Saint Julien AC, Bordeaux, France
Tasted June 2013
Appearance - clear and bright medium plus intensity ruby colour. Some visible tears.
Nose - clean, developing aromatics with medium plus intensity. A defined black fruit aroma of blackcurrant, cherry and ripe plum, some powdered coffee notes, a touch of fresh leather and a hint at ripe green bell pepper.
Palate - dry, medium plus acidity, ripe tannins of medium presence with just a spicy lift and slightly drying. Medium body and medium plus alcohol. Medium plus flavour intensity is showing the black fruit notes as evident as the nose, with blackcurrant, cherry and plum, but on the fresher side, not that ripe. More evident notes of spicy, ripe green bell pepper, hints of animal notes like leather and a tad meaty and an earthy, drying finish with a medium length.
Conclusions (17,25/20) - very good quality, shows sense of place through its defined notes of blackcurrant and hints of ripe green bell pepper. Lovely bouquet, nose was hinting at a richer palate, which in fact is a little more lean with fresher fruits and more evident development. Nevertheless a fine Bordeaux to enjoy as of now with proper decanting, that will not fade for the next 3 to 4 years (five days opened and it remained openly aromatic and fresh, showing more resolved tannins and drink-ability).