Château Haut-Beychevelle Gloria

This five hectare vineyard in Saint-Julien is the original family property of the Martins, owners of Châteaux Saint-Pierre and Gloria and others in the Médoc.

All told, they have a 300-year history in the wine trade in Bordeaux. Henri Martin, at one time manager at Château Latour, acquired the various estates before his death in 1991 but Haut-Beychevelle Gloria is where he grew up and learned about wine.

This small property is planted with cabernet sauvignon (65%), merlot (25%) and cabernet franc (10%) on that precious gravel so typical and important for the best sites in the region, which overlays sandy clay subsoil. The vines average 30 years of age and the harvesting here is manual, followed by a traditional fermentation. The wine then spends 12 months in oak, a third new, before bottling.