1979 Gloria

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAINT-JULIEN
  • 85 WS
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 51166-1979-750-3A
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 85

    Just reaching maturity, offering smoky, nutty black cherry flavors braced by soft tannins. Drinking nicely now. -- Gloria vertical.
    Author: Thomas Matthews
  • Bordeaux Book(1998) | Rating: 82

    Very forward and quite ready to drink, this wine has an attractive fruity character, a medium-bodied, nicely ripe, savory, sweet, lush texture, and little or no tannins present. This wine will hold for a few more years, but other than some further bottle bouquet development, it is ready now. Anticipated maturity: Now. Last tasted, 04/87.
    Author: Robert Parker
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  • Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

    White Bordeaux blends are most commonly composed of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc, and come in a range of dry and sweet styles. Sémillon contributes body while Sauvignon Blanc adds high acidity, a characteristic that is particularly important in the sweet wines of Bordeaux.

    Sauternes is one of the world’s most prestigious regions for sweet wine production, made possible by Sémillon’s affinity for noble rot. Wines from world-renowned Château d’Yquem are fermented and matured in new oak for up to three years and can age for decades in bottle. These wines display complex aromas of melon, honey, apricot, citrus peel, mango, and butterscotch and develop added complexity and aromas with age.

    The best dry wines from this blend come from producers such as Château Haut-Brion, Château Pape Clément, and Domaine de Chevalier in Pessac-Léognan and Graves. These wines are typically fermented and matured in new oak and display a full-bodied richness with concentrated nutty flavors overlaying the fruit.

    Due to its freshness and flavor profile, dry white Bordeaux blends pair well with almost any white food, including all types of fish, poultry, veal, and pork. The sweet wines of Bordeaux pair well with foie gras, oysters, blue cheese, spicy food (particularly Asian cuisines), any dish with sweet notes, and of course, dessert.

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 77 bottles owned
    • 14 collectors