This property, in the same ownership as fourth growth Saint-Julien Château St Pierre, is known for its immediate charm and appeal, and is made to be enjoyable and ready to drink relatively early.
The vineyards here were assembled by Henri Martin, then manager of first growth Latour, during the middle of the last century. Henri grew up in a family of vineyard and cellar workers in Saint-Julien and dreamed of buying his own vines. He began to do so in 1940, purchasing only vines from classed growth properties, and these gradually developed into Château Gloria. The estate is currently run by his daughter, Françoise, and son-in-law, Jean-Louis Triaud, along with their two children Vanessa and Jean.
The estate now consists of 50 hectares of vines, with an average age of 40 years. They are planted on Günz gravel over sandy clay, and are situated in three distinct areas: the centre, the west and the north of the Beychevelle commune to the south of Saint-Julien. The plots are further inland than those of the classed-growth Saint-Julien properties and Gloria aspires neither to their finesse nor their asking price.
The wine - a blend of 65% cabernet sauvignon, 25% merlot and 5% cabernet franc - is fermented in stainless-steel vats before spending a year in oak, 40% of which are new, and can age for five to 12 years. Henri Martin's son in law, the ebullient Jean-Louis Triaud, also owns the Bordeaux football team, Les Girondins.