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This wine is bright, dark, and ruby in colour. It has interesting dry extract notes of rose, violets, lavender, fresh strawberry fruit flavour, blackcurrant, and pastille fruit precision. The 2007 vintage is well-structured and reasonably complex, starting with smoky cassis and new oak mocha coffee and vanilla flavours. The wine has a bright core and well-worked tannins, providing good length as a Cru. It's easy to drink without losing intensity, with balanced palate tension. The 2007 Malescote St Exupery is perfect for any occasion, but it may not be for you if you're looking for a super complex Margaux. 

The harvest for the 2007 vintage was picked late, between October 9th and 20th, contributing to the wine's unique flavour profile with pastille tones in the fruit. The vinification and maturation temperature are controlled, and the wine is matured in 100% new oak, giving it a bold and robust flavour despite its bottle age. Depending on the vintage, it undergoes malolactic in the barrel. The wine is aged on lees with stirring, providing adequate intensity and complexities. It takes 13-14 months in the barrel before being racked without fining or filtration. The wine has an ABV of 13.5%, making it full-bodied. The composition includes 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, and 8% Petit Verdot. The soil is gravel overlying chalk or marl slopes towards the Gironde. The fruit is picked into trays to prevent crushing. The score is GG92Gilbert & Gaillard, who writes, "Deep colour. The nose is a mixture of ripe blackcurrant and sweet spice. The palate is pleasantly open to begin but quickly reveals moderately firm tannins. Great balance and ageing potential."

Every genuine wine connoisseur is drawn to Chateau Gloria for its unclassified and enigmatic character. The excellent quality of Chateau Gloria's wine has been said to surpass even the more prestigious class growths in St. Julien, making it especially appealing to the most knowledgeable wine lovers. The 2011 bottle has an understated, age-worthy claret character with a luxurious cassis note and a secondary bouquet of pencil shavings, herbs, and a cigar box on the nose. While it may lack the expected floral dimension of outstanding wines, it has a slightly saline taste on entry and is backward with even more structure than in 2013. However, its tannins are well-blended, making it a suitable wine to pair with food. The palate is well-balanced, and the wine is loaded with Asian spices and black pepper that gain consistent support. After uncorking it, it may take 30 minutes to experience the wine's aroma.

Henri Martin, a cooper by trade, took over property ownership in 1942. He had an unwavering passion and dedication for winemaking, which led him to purchase vineyards from classed growth properties such as Gruaud-Larose, Talbot, Lagrange, and Léoville-Barton, thus expanding his influence across the appellation. In 1982, he fulfilled his lifetime ambition of owning a Grand Cru Classé property by purchasing Château St-Pierre. Today, this property is operated by his son-in-law Jean-Louis Triaud. The wine produced at the estate is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot. It is aged in a combination of large and small oak barrels, with 50% being new barrels. The vines at the estate are ancient, which is a testament to Henri Martin's foresight.

One of my esteemed tasting teachers on the MW course, Tim Atkins, has given a resounding 94 to the Gloria 2011 wine. GG also awarded a commendable 92 and noted on the bottle that the wine has a dark hue tinged with crimson. The highly young nose reveals racy, ageing, and roasted coffee accents. On the palate, this wine has a wonderful stuffing, a full, rich flavour, and generous aromas. Although the fruit is beginning to show, the oak is still very upfront. These high scores from reputable critics are a testament to the quality and appeal of this wine. Other scores include: 

95 points Wine Enthusiast

This is a powerful wine—its concentrated tannins contrast its underlying juicy fruit. It is a flavorful medley of prunes, dark plums, and blackberries, and the finish is marked with juiciness. (4/2012). Edited. 

92 points Wine Spectator

 Mouthfilling and bold, it is a fun, rustic style with chewy plum, fig and blackberry backed by a very briary finish. (4/2012). Edited. 

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This estate continues to go from strength to strength. Another sleeper of the vintage, 2011, is excellent, possibly outstanding. Abundant aromas of cassis, forest floor, tobacco leaf and a vague hint of oak follow its dense ruby/purple colour. Ripe for the vintage with excellent texture, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and a delicious, savoury, broad appeal. This wine should be drunk well for at least a decade. (4/2012). Edited. 

The 2002 Grand Puy Lacoste from Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste offers finesse over flamboyance. Despite the challenging year for winemaking in 2002, this wine retains its cassis, earth, tobacco, and forest floor notes and ends with a driver cassis and cranberry finish. It has a classic, old Pauillac bouquet enhanced by wooded blackberry, sous-bois, and pencil box notes and is balanced with mild tannins and dark fruit decadence. This wine is recommended only for those who appreciate aged wines and their nuances.

It is worth noting that Parker awarded the 2002 Grand Puy Lacoste RP92 in one of the Farr Premier Tastings 14 years ago, which is still a testament to its remarkable initial quality. While the rating was later adjusted to RP86 in 2010, the wine still stands as a testament to its unique character and Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste's winemaking expertise.

This wine is an excellent contrast to modern flavours, and that, in our view, is a fair comment since it is a substantial and nuanced wine perfect for connoisseurs of aged claret. It is also a cornerstone of discerning collections and a testament to Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste's winemaking prowess.

We just thought if you are younger enough, try this wine to form at least some partial view of 'claret'.

This is a consolidation of the tasting and papers

written from 2006 to 2013. These write-ups had been with the orginal site Wine and Beyond, Yahoo, until the service stopped by Yahoo in September 2013.


For years I have been working with wines, either buying it, selling it to wine companies, lecturing and writing about it, and, not unimportantly, enjoying it with friends. If any of the articles on this site are worth reading it is due to my teachers, my mentors, my peers and friends, my students, and in particularly my editors who ignite in me a desire to communicate in wines.


Clinging to the trellis of wine, I started to get more and more involved with estates and winemakers, by supporting them with consultancy in communication and marketing. The more I spend my time outside Hong Kong, the more I sense a desire to be part of the international wine family.


Writing about wine represents a moment of reflection, curiosity, atitudes and a desire to analyse often hidden structures and history, in an effort to make the wealth of wine accessible to a targetted, and hopefully larger audience.


I am not sure if I can wine proivde more accessible to all through this blog. But I am sure to write in wine means being involved in wine and  to remain as impartial and objective as possible.


Kevin Tang.

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