"Another winning velvety texture out of St Julien. You can trace the warmth and generosity of the vintage in the concentration and the ripeness of these blackberry and raspberry fruits but it is so seductive and carefully balanced with a core of freshness and a ton of crushed stone, black chocolate and baked earth adding layers and interest. This should be good value and is a definite buy. So much character and personality, right up there with the best vintages of this property. 40% new oak, 5% Petit Verdot completes the blend." Decanter 94 Points
"Rock-solid, with a mouthwatering roasted apple wood and mesquite frame around a well-layered core of black currant, blackberry and plum fruit flavors. The finish features dots of tobacco and tar that add range, but the real driver is a long bolt of iron, which gives this a throwback feel. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2025 through 2038. " Wine Spectator 94 Points
"The 2019 Gloria has turned out very well, delivering aromas of blackcurrants, plums, burning embers and a deft framing of creamy new oak. Medium to full-bodied, deep and nicely concentrated, with a vibrant core of ripe and fleshy fruit, lively acids and powdery structuring tannins that assert themselves on the youthfully firm finish, this shows considerable promise.
Assembled piecemeal over the years by the late Henri Martin, Château Gloria's highly morcellated holdings are concentrated in three main zones: on the border with Pauillac (including one hectare within Pauillac that has been granted permission to appear as Saint-Julien) near Batailley; on the plateau near Gruaud Larose; and to the south of the village of Saint-Julien, not far from Saint-Pierre. Soils are correspondingly various. Winemaking emphasizes purity of fruit and textural generosity: vinification is in stainless steel tank with regular but small pump-overs and at a rather low temperature of around 25 degrees Celsius, with extraction adapted in function of the maturity and quality of fruit, followed by élevage in barriques that are chosen with increasing exigence. The result is a wine that's polished but classic in profile, and the 2019 is an especially worthy addition to the Gloria stable. Given its extremely reasonable price en primeur, readers who bought some have plenty of reasons to be pleased with their acquisition." Robert Parker 93+ Points