August 8, 2010

1970 Chateau Gloria Saint-Julien, 1970 Chateau Cantemerle

As promised, more notes on some 1970 Bordeaux opened recently. There's a good reason I've been opening some 1970s lately, I leave it up to you to put the pieces together as to why...
A couple of nights ago, we opened the 1970 Chateau Gloria and 1970 Chateau Cantemerle. Neither of these wines are classified superstars, even when young, and in great vintages, they are just good wines. That being said, the 1970 Gloria was a damn fine bottle of wine. The Cantemerle was, sadly, tired and past drinkability.
The Gloria was vibrant and youthful, a color of deep ruby. Looked younger in the glass than the 13 year old pinot next to it. It showed a nose of cedar, rosemary, and leather. Beauty of a nose, really. Palate was nicely balanced. Expansive and full in the mouth, there is sweet cherry fruit and just a hint of a spine. Drinking beautifully and quite a nice showing for this wine. The entire table liked this wine and called out for more when it was gone.

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