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1976 Vintage Report

Italian: A large crop was produced but the 1976 wines lacked the ripeness and longevity of the 1975 vintage. Although the wines will not improve further with age, they are still very drinkable.
 
Bordeaux: 1976 wines still offer delightful attractive drinking if they have been well stored. The wines are characterised assoft bodied with low acidity levels.
Rain during the harvest that following the long hot summer of 1976 tarnished what could have been the vintage of the decade. Much to general surprise, the 1976 vintage although mature on release has maintained its maturity to date.

 
Spain: A good year that produced good quantities of Rioja. Gran Reserva made the annual average of 7%.
 
Vintage Port: 1976 port vintage: Following the driest winter on record there was a total drought throughout the summer, until the end of August. This resulted in a very low production. Those that were produced are exceptionally concentrated and full-bodied. They lack a little freshness but this is understandable given the dry conditions. There are very few vintage ports (bottle aged) available but the Colheita ports (barrel aged) from this year are excellent.

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Kopke Port, 1976

Colheita Port (Includes Kopke presentation box)

Kopke Port is the oldest port house. Established in 1638 by Christiano Kopke and his son, Nicolau Kopke who came to Portugal as representatives of the Hanseatic League, the House of Kopke is the eldest Porto wine export firm. Through many generations, the Company was run by several representatives of the Kopke family, obtaining an excellent reputation for its wines.

Review:
Bright amber colour with golden hints. Involving and sweet nose of an incredible complexity, plenty of rich aromas of condensed milk, vanilla and coffee. In the taste it is complex, unctuous and well-structured. A wine wonderfully balanced and with an endless finish.
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Price: £119.00
Stock: 6 in Stock

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Barbera, 1976

Viglierchio *** MAGNUM+ RARE FORMAT 1.75Ll*** - Clearance Offer Was £89, Now only £45)

**Please note that this wine is part of a clearance offer, therefore is excluded from our guarantee**

Barbera is a wine of prestige, rich colors that refer generally to the ruby purple, just what clothes cardinals; the bouquet is ample and composite, with fruity notes of blackberry, cherry, strawberry and red fruit jam and spicy aromas reminiscent of cinnamon, vanilla, green pepper.
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Price: £45.00
Stock: 13 in Stock

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Baron de Lustrac, 1976

Vintage Armagnac - SINGLE BOTTLE 75cl( Comes in Original Lustrac Box as illustrated + FREE UK Mainland standard 3-5 day delivery)

Baron de Lustrac is a small traditional éleveur specialising in fine old Armagnac vintages. Their extensive range is sourced from neighbouring estates in the Tenereze and Mas Armagnac regions and they keep an ageing and bottling chais near Magnan, in the Bas Armagnac region.


All Armagnacs are aged in 420ltr oak barrels and sold as single vintages. The grapes used are all harvested from the one particular year, and will only be distilled if the conditions were particularly good. Perfect for big birthdays or as a special drink for the connoisseur as they truly are a fine example of the very best Armagnacs around.
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Price: £135.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

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Baron de Sigognac, 1976

Armagnac

The company behind this Armagnac owns one of the most important stocks of old vintages in the whole region. They are growers as well as distillers and specialise in sourcing and ageing old casks of Armagnac.

The Armagnac is made from a blend of Baco and Ugni Blanc, the predominant grapes used in the production of Armagnac. The distillation takes place in a column still to an alcohol strength of about 54%. The spirit is then aged in local black oak casks. The alcohol content then reduces naturally to about 40% after about forty years. Presented in original wooden box.

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Price: £135.00
Stock: 6 in Stock

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Barros Port, 1976

Colheita Port

The Barros 1976 colheita port is full-bodied, soft and velvety with distinctive flavors of dried fruit, which persist forever.It should be stored in a cool, dry, protected from light and temperature variations. The bottle should be stored upright. Established at the beginning of the century, Barros, Almeida & C0 - Vinhos S.A., is undoubtedly, one of the most prestigious companies producing and trading in port. Nowadays, the Barros Group is composed of several companies acquired or established along the years, and its position on the port market is an important one (about 5% of total sales) producing in its Quintas up the Douro about 600 pipes of port.
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Price: £99.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Blandys Madeira, 1976

Terrantez Madeira

Blandy’s Vintage Terrantez 1976 is a single harvest Madeira. This wine was aged for nearly 40 years in seasoned American oak casks in the traditional ‘Canteiro’ system, whereby the casks were gradually transferred from the top floors of the lodge, where it is naturally warmer, to the middle floors and eventually to the ground floor where it is cooler. The wine was regularly racked and when it reached the desired stage of maturity it was bottled. Only 2,404 bottles of this wine were released. Vintage (or Frasquiera) Madeira must be aged in cask for a minimum of 20 years, in practise they are aged for much longer, before being bottled under Madeira Wine Institute supervision.
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Price: £195.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Calem Port, 1976

Colheita Port (Includes Calem Box as shown)

Porto Cálem Colheitas or Dated Ports are tawny Ports from a single year high quality crop. Each year reveals special characteristics which are developing whilst ageing in the wood casks for a period not less than 8 years. Colheita presents a tawny colour, smooth touch in the mouth and a bouquet of vanilla, honey and dried fruits. Ready to serve single as the bottle is opened without need for decantation, are also ideal to go along with cakes and deserts.
Calem 1976 offers complex leather, spice and raisin aromas, fresh acidity and a long intense finish.
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Price: £89.95
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou, 1976

Saint-Julien, 2eme Grand Cru classe

The 1976 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou showed a mature colour with brown hues, a complex nose, herbaceous but with loads of black currants, dried herbs and smoke. Smooth, loads of black currant and dried herbs on palate, very good mid palate and fine grained tannins with long finish.
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Price: £119.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Chateau Marquis de Terme, 1976

Margaux, 4eme Grand Cru Classe

The 1976 Chateau Marquis-de-Terme is full bodied, packed with black fruits, smoke and leather. The tannins have now resolved and are soft as well as sticky. The wine still has some complexity with a long finish.
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Price: £59.95
Stock: 2 in Stock

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Chateau Mouton Rothschild, 1976

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe (MAGNUM) high shoulder, stained label

Mahogany core with deep brick rim. The nose is actually better than I anticipated with some dusty black fruits, cedar a touch of game, but it certainly lacks vigour and cohesion. The palate is a little tawdry, slightly hollow with an cooked character that jars against some obvious green berries that found themselves fermenting. Linear towards the dry finish, moderate length.
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Price: £545.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Chateau Mouton Rothschild, 1976

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe (VTS)

Mahogany core with deep brick rim. The nose is actually better than I anticipated with some dusty black fruits, cedar a touch of game, but it certainly lacks vigour and cohesion. The palate is a little tawdry, slightly hollow with an cooked character that jars against some obvious green berries that found themselves fermenting. Linear towards the dry finish, moderate length.
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Price: £295.00
Stock: 11 in Stock

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Chateau Rocher Bellevue Figeac, 1976

Cotes de Castillion

A mature mahogany core with tawny rim. It has a rather sweet, I am guessing chaptalized nose which turn very toffee-ish with 10 minutes in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied, moderate tannins, rather foursquare and conservative but quite mellow
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Price: £59.95
Stock: 3 in Stock

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Chateau Trotanoy, 1976

Pomerol

About what you would anticipate from a well made Trotanoy from a modest vintage for the appelation. Qualitatively the same as the Petrus but sylistically different since there was a quite attractive topnote of soft summer strawberry. A bit of coarse tannin is still in the the background so the balance is slightly off kilter.
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Price: £125.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Cossart Gordon Madeira, 1976

Bual Madeira

Cossart Gordon Frasqueira Vintage Madeiras are aged in cask for a minimum of 20 years before being bottled under the supervision of the Madeira Wine Institute. The Frasqeiras then receive an additional two years bottle ageing before release. Madeira is a complex, interesting wine and is made in virtually every vintage. Due to the unique estufagem aging process Madeira is one of the longest-lived wines and also improves for days after opening, but will keep, once opened, for a month and more in a decanter. It makes an ideal wedding or anniversary present. Cossart Gordon Frasqueira-Vintage Madeiras continually fetch the very highest prices at international fine wine auctions.
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Price: £195.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Dolcetto d'Alba, 1976

Enrico Serafino - (- excluded from guarantee - Clearance Offer, Was £59, Now Only £25.00)

A native black grape variety of Northern Italy grown almost exclusively in the provinces of Cuneo and Alessandria in Piedmont. It is relatively easy to cultivate, although it is susceptible to fungal diseases. It ripens before Barbera and Nebbiolo and is often grown in high north-facing sites which would be unsuitable for Nebbiolo. The finest Dolcetto wines come from grapes grown on soils rich with white marls, especially those found on the right bank of the River Tauro. The wines generally are low in tannins and acidity and are usually fruity and fragrant, often with hints of almonds.
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Price: £25.00
Stock: 33 in Stock

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Dolcetto d'Alba, 1976

Giacomo Borgogno

A native black grape variety of Northern Italy grown almost exclusively in the provinces of Cuneo and Alessandria in Piedmont. It is relatively easy to cultivate, although it is susceptible to fungal diseases. It ripens before Barbera and Nebbiolo and is often grown in high north-facing sites which would be unsuitable for Nebbiolo. The finest Dolcetto wines come from grapes grown on soils rich with white marls, especially those found on the right bank of the River Tauro. The wines generally are low in tannins and acidity and are usually fruity and fragrant, often with hints of almonds.
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Price: £49.00
Stock: 16 in Stock

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Dom Perignon, 1976

Champagne

96 Points (Antonio Gallioni)

Reviews: "The 1976-Dom Perignon (Original Release) was a revelation. It showed the lightest color in this flight, which could have been taken as a clue. It showed unreal freshness and vibrancy, with soaring aromatics and notes of white peaches and jasmine. It was a totally seductive wine." Antionio Gallioni, In The Cellar, 2008
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Price: £379.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

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Domain Du Moulin Aux Moines, 1976

Auxey Duresses

Auxey-Duresses is a village in the Cote de Beaune sub-region of Burgundy. Located in the Saint-Romain Valley, an east-west hiatus in the Cote d'Or escarpment, its hillsides enjoy excellent south and south-east orientation. This fact, along with the high percentage of limestone in the local soils, means that these vineyards are well placed to make wines of very high quality.
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Price: £79.95
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Per e Palummo, 1976

Ambra Ischia (Clearance Offer was £59, Now only £29.00)

**Please note that this wine is part of a clearance offer, therefore is excluded from our guarantee**

Per é Palummo refers to the the attachment of the grape stem looking like a pigeons foot. It is unique a little acidity on the nose supported by some fruit. It does have some longevity but the tannins have now mellowed and the fruit has faded into the farmyard tertiary characteristics familiar of older wines.
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Price: £29.00
Stock: 15 in Stock

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Riesling, 1976

Wollsteiner Affchen Trockenbeerenauslese

Medium deep gold in the glass. Developed nose of tropical fruit, golden raisin. Great acidity and fresh tropical and citrus fruit. Some developed and oxidative notes, but mostly fresh, with plenty of acidity
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Price: £75.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 1976

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe ( in neck)

Provenance - privately stored in good cellar conditions since original purchase. The labels have deteriorated in the storage conditions.
93 Points (Parker)
94 Points (Wine Journal)
Reviews

"The 1976 Lafite clearly stands far above the crowd in this vintage. A beautiful bouquet of seductive cedarwood, spices, and ripe fruit precedes a very concentrated, darkly colored wine, with great length and texture. Some amber is just beginning to appear at the edge. The 1976 has turned out to be the best Lafite of the '70s. It is gorgeous to drink at present. Last tasted, 9/96." Parker Bordeaux 3rd edition

"A sublime mature Lafite-Rothschild that alongside the 1978 counts as the best of the decade.
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Price: £445.00
Stock: Out of Stock

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Chateau Latour, 1976

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe (Top shoulder)

Very dark for its age; meat juice and tobacco on the nose, convincing complexity, a lot of tannin, almost some primary fruit, minerals, lovely balance, complex and very long, powerful. A hint of fruit sweetness in the finish.
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Price: £285.00
Stock: Out of Stock

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Dom Perignon, 1976

Champagne

96 Points (Antonio Gallioni)

Reviews: "The 1976-Dom Perignon (Original Release) was a revelation. It showed the lightest color in this flight, which could have been taken as a clue. It showed unreal freshness and vibrancy, with soaring aromatics and notes of white peaches and jasmine. It was a totally seductive wine." Antionio Gallioni, In The Cellar, 2008
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Price: £379.00
Stock: Out of Stock

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Janneau, 1976

Armagnac 1976 Vintage (Includes presentation box as shown)

The great vintages or millésimés of Janneau are the expression of a single year, most commonly of a single cask. Produced exclusively with the single distillation process, they are the quintessence of this precious distillate aged over the years. Each vintage expresses its unique character. These vintages are bottled at the alcohol level in which they naturally come out of the cask. There is a sharp contrast between the sweet and sour flavours of wood, amplified by the strong alcoholic degree. Rich palate feeling the alcohol and the concentration of dry plums, spicy with persistent flavour of rancio and of spices, but round, soft and long in the finish.
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Price: £159.00
Stock: Out of Stock

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Krohn Port, 1976

Colheita Single Harvest Port in Individual Wooden Box (SPECIAL OFFER WAS £129 now £79

Wiese & Krohn is now run by the third generation of the Falcão Carneiro family. This small boutique Port House makes some terrific Late Bottled Vintage Port, in addition to Vintage Port but my favourite is the Colheitas.

A Colheita is a vintage tawny port. Tawny is lighter in colour and style than a traditional Vintage Port but if anything is even more delicious as it is a touch more elegant. They age beautifully too and represent great value.

Youthful, medium brick red. Lots of young plummy fruit aromas, as well as dried fruit, figs and nuts on the nose. Really smooth on the palate, silky and elegant in texture with balanced acidity, more dried fruit and spice notes.
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Price: £79.00
Stock: Out of Stock

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