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Château du Glana - Julien Meffe

Glana, like thousands of others, is a field name. The current co-owner of Château du Glana is Julien Meffre. When his grandfather had the opportunity to acquire a few parcels of the classified Château Lagrange in 1961, he seized it – and he chose the name of one of them as his trademark. What began with five hectares of the best vineyards in Saint-Julien has grown to a proud 60 hectares today.
Du Glana is the largest unclassified winery in the world-famous, much sought-after Saint-Julien appellation. The vineyards of du Glana are not scattered: they are all contiguous on a plateau of gravel and loam, surrounded by illustrious neighbours such as Château Lagrange, Château Talbot, Château Branaire-Ducru and Château Ducru-Beaucaillou. Cabernet Sauvignon occupies 65% of the acreage, Merlot 35%.
The Meffres are not "classic" Bordeaux estate owners. They come from the southern Rhone Valley, from Beaumes-de-Venise to be precise – where they run another winery that produces mainly red wine, the Château Les Applanats.
"Neither my grandfather nor my father ran the estate directly," says 38-year-old Julien Meffre, who manages du Glana together with his brother Ludovic, who is two years older. "They ran it remotely, so to speak, from the south. But now we live in Bordeaux, and we're fully hands-on at du Glana." Their commitment quickly had a positive effect on quality. They began restructuring the vineyard in 1999, improving cultivation techniques, renovating the buildings – and in 2013 inaugurating a spacious new cellar that holds 925 barriques. Today the superbly crafted du Glana – fruity, dense, full-bodied – is one of the few unclassified wines that need not fear comparison with its classified neighbours.

Wines from Château Du Glana – Julien Meffre