There’s a regal quality to the great wines of Bordeaux—only fitting for a region the mystique of which gave rise to auction prices in the thousands for legendary vintages of famous Chateaux.
Great red Bordeaux emanate elegance and sophistication. Though they are made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (along with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Carmenere), these are not the full-bodied blockbusters of California. Typically medium-bodied, more food-friendly, and with a profile that hints toward the earthy side of the spectrum, Bordeaux ask you to participate as a drinker to uncover their more subtle charms.
Also, don't miss Bordeaux’s legendary dessert wine: Sauternes. Made from Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Muscadelle, this Noble Rot affected wine has been inspiring awe since at least the 18th century. Dry white Bordeaux can range from the refreshing, mineral-scented Entre-Deux-Mers to the typically oak-aged Graves.
RP8585 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 28th Sep 2016 The 2015 Roche Darjac is a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. It delivers a pleasant redcurrant and cranberry bouquet, what you might call a little “solid” but with plenty of fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with powdered chocolate sprinkled over the black and red fruit, chunky and big-boned but packed with flavor on the finish. This is a decent, commercial Bordeaux wine at a bargain price, but give it a year in bottle if you can.Premier SelectPremier Select wines are handpicked by our staff from amongst thousands of wines for their exceptional quality. They're made by a top producer and comparable to wines at twice the cost.
RP97+97+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 27th Feb 2013 The 2010 is a more structured, restrained, less flamboyant version of the 2009. A final blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot that hit 14.5% natural alcohol, this wine (which represents only 55% of the estate's production) is full-bodied, classic and built along the lines of the 2000 (although that wine was made before Reybier acquired the estate and upgraded quality significantly). This wine exhibits beautifully pure notes of creme de cassis, blueberry liqueur, pen ink, graphite and hints of toast and vanillin. The wine is full and rich, and although aged in 80% new oak, the wood is a subtle background component. This beauty will take longer to round into shape than the dramatic and compelling 2009. Forget it for 5–8 years, and drink it over the following three-plus decades.SP9595 pts. - Wine Spectator - Mar 31, 2013 An extremely well-sculpted, modern wine, with an enormous core of plum sauce, blackberry coulis and cassis fruit to match the ambitious roasted apple wood-, black tea- and tobacco-infused toast. Dense and chewy now, displaying the tannic spine of the vintage, this remains integrated, racy and incredibly long, offering a piercing chalky backbone that rivets everything together. Best from 2018 through 2038.WE9595 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 5/1/2013 This is a complex and rich wine dominated by superripe fruit. It is a wine of extremes, of fruit, of dark tannins allied to some bitterness from the black chocolate extract. Ripe plums and sweet black fruits are given a lift at the end with bright acidity.ST94+94+? pts. - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar - Jul/Aug 2013 Full, bright ruby. Superripe but vibrant nose offers liqueur-like cassis, graphite, mocha and exotic oak scents; smells thick! Then plush, dense, large-scaled and seamless, offering extraordinary breadth and a 3-D texture to its dark fruit, graphite and mineral flavors. This very modern style of Cos finishes with outstanding, building, palate-saturating persistence and utterly sweet tannins.
JS9090 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, February 13, 2017 Intense smoky and blackberry aromas make this a bold, almost showy wine, but the ripe fruit carries the style without any problem. With a little more complexity this would rate even more highly. Drink now.
JD9494 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 3/11/2021 A youthful, unevolved 2018 with lots of up-front blue and black fruits as well as cedary herbs, violets, and scorched earth, the 2018 Château Gloria is medium to full-bodied and has a beautifully balanced, elegant mouthfeel, ripe tannins, and both richness and freshness. The purity of fruit is spot on. It’s another brilliant wine from this estate that readers will love. It’s going to benefit from 2–4 years in the cellar and cruise for two decades in cold cellars. (Jeb Dunnuck)VN9393 pts. - Vinous - Mar 2021 The 2018 Gloria has turned out beautifully. Medium in body, with terrific balance and tons of class, Gloria will especially appeal to readers in search of a wine that is not super-exuberant, as so many 2018s are. Bright floral notes, blood orange and red berry fruit all run through this wonderfully expressive Saint-Julien. Give the tannins at least a few years to soften.RP9292 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st Mar 2021 The 2018 Gloria is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc, aged for approximately 14 months in oak barriques, 40% new. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it sashays out of the glass with flamboyant notes of kirsch, black raspberries and cassis, plus hints of potpourri, unsmoked cigars and star anise. The medium to full-bodied palate delivers a good amount of juicy black and red fruit flavors, backed up by slightly chewy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing spicy.
WE9191 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 4/1/2019 This 108-acre property has produced a wine with rich black-fruit flavors and dense tannins. It has a firm structure as well as a strong juicy element. It’s ripe, full and likely to age well. Drink from 2023.
JD9494 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 2/26/2020 The grand vin is the 2017 Clos Du Marquis, which is 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, and a splash of Cabernet Franc. This stunning wine lends credence to the idea that Saint-Julien was the sweet spot for the Medoc in 2017. Classic Cabernet cassis and blue fruit notes as well as ample minerality, violets, and chocolate notes give way to a medium to full-bodied, beautifully polished Saint-Julien that has ripe tannin, terrific balance, and a great finish. It’s going to have 25+ years of prime drinking. (Jeb Dunnuck)JS9494 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Friday, January 10, 2020 Wonderful aromas of blackberries, flowers, violets and Indian spices. Medium to full body with extremely polished, tight tannins that interface well with the ripe fruit. Remains extremely long and focused. A blend of 72% cabernet sauvignon, 27% merlot and 1% cabernet franc. Better after 2023.