Country: France Region: Bordeaux (St.Julien)
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Vintage: 2016 Colour: Red Style: Dry
Producer: Chateau Du Glana
Chateau du Glana dates back to 1870, when the Saint Julien estate was created. Prior to 1870, some of the vineyard was once a part of the neighboring Chateau Saint-Pierre. However, the modern era for the estate is more recent. That starts in 1961, when it was purchased by Gabriel Meffre. At the time of the purchase, Chateau du Glana was in a sad state of dilapidation.
Only three hectares of vines remained planted. Everything needed a complete renovation, from the vineyards to the chateau, the cellars and all the wine making facilities. The renovations were completed in 1968. Chateau du Glana is not the only vineyard controlled by the owners, the Meffre family also own Chateau Lalande in St. Julien as well as Chateau Bellegrave in Pauillac.
The 59 hectare Left Bank vineyard of Chateau du Glana is planted to 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot. This marked a change in the vineyard for the estate, as 5% of the vineyard was previously planted with Cabernet Franc. Those vines were removed and replaced with Merlot.
The large vineyard is well-placed inland, not far from Chateau Talbot and Chateau Lagrange. In fact, they du Glana purchased several hectares of vines from Chateau Lagrange. Most of the vineyard is in one large single block of vines, with the exception of one parcel of vines, which is located close to the chateau.
On average, the vines are 25 years of age. The terroir is gravel based soils, typical of what you will find in that part of the Medoc. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 7,000 vines per hectare. Picking is conducted using a combination of machine harvesting and manual picking.
To produce the wine of Chateau du Glana, the wine is vinified in large, traditional cement vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in tank. The wines are aged in 40% new, French oak barrels for 12 months. The production is on average close to 24,,000 cases of wine per vintage. There is a second wine, Pavillon du Glana.
Chateau du Glana is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed and grilled dishes. du Glana is also good when served with Asian dishes, hearty seafood or richly textured fish like tuna, mushrooms, pasta and cheese.