The Château du Glana 2010 is comprised of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. The grapes were hand-harvested, fermented in thermo-regulated stainless-steel tanks, and matured for 12 months in barriques, one third of them new.
In the glass, the wine has a dense, black-purple color, almost opaque at the center, with flashes of burnished mahogany at the edge. Aromas of sun-warmed blackberries, Perigord truffles, sweet white tobacco, and dark roasted chicory move in and out of the foreground, sometimes alternating with black licorice, applewood smoke, and fading peonies as the classic Left Bank nose evolves in the glass.
On the palate, the wine is generous and mouthfilling, with a dense sweet core of black fruit and exotic spices that dissolves into echoes of the evolving nose, and is infused with fine dusty tannins and layers of vibrant minerality. Drink now through its anticipated maturity of 2020 – 2035.
About this wine producer: The Château was built in 1870, and the first vines were planted on 5 hectares purchased from Château Saint-Pierre. The estate languished in anonymity for decades until 1961, when it was purchased by Gabriel Meffre, who increased the vineyard area to 43 hectares with purchases of vineyards belonging to Château Lagrange. Surrounded by its neighbors Château Léoville Barton, Château Gruaud Larose, and Château Beychevelle, and lying just opposite Château Ducru-Beaucaillou on the other side of the D2, Château du Glana enjoys one of the most privileged locations in the Médoc, and since 1999, under the direction of Gabriel Meffre’s grandsons, Ludovic and Julien Meffre, the estate’s wines are counted as peers of the finest wines of Saint-Julien.