1978 Wine and Port Vintage

Italian: Chianti
A trouble free vintage across the Tuscany region with an early spring, warm but not excessively hot summer and well distributed rainfall. There was a certain amount of rain early in the harvest but producers who picked later benefited from a period of uninterrupted fine weather. A 4 out of 5 Vintage!

Piedmont
The year started with cold and damp weather. Spring was particularly wet with lower than average seasonal temperatures. Not until the second half of June did the weather pick up, too late for the flowering, which took place in very wet conditions causing a significant reduction in the crop.After light rains at the beginning of September, the weather suddenly turned right around and the rest of the month was hot and dry with a marked difference between day and nighttime temperatures. The dramatic improvement continued through until the end of the Nebbiolo harvest during the third week of October. Natural selection and a warm autumn meant a very small crop of thick-skinned Nebbiolo grapes in Barolo and Barbaresco. This hailed as a great, long-lived vintage with a rating of 5/5. Exceptional!
 
Bordeaux: The 1978 wine vintage was excellent one for the Bordeaux region. The dry hot summer produced wines that were medium bodied, deeply coloured, fruity and moderately tannic. The wines reached the peak of maturity in the 1990s but the 1978 wines are still drinking well now and will continue to do so for some years to come.

 
Vintage Port: 1978 was a good Port vintage but not a declared one. The port wines are not outstanding but are still attractive and drinkable. 1978 was the year when the labelling of 'single quinta' became popular.

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1978 Barros Port

Colheita Port (Includes Barros gift box as shown)

The 1978 Barros reveals an intense amber colour. A complex but very attractive bouquet with prominent dried fruit aromas, combined with spicy notes and nutty flavours with a very long captivating finish.

Having just celebrated their 100th year trading in 2013 Barros Port is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious companies producing and trading in Port. Much of their success comes from Colheita ports – old tawnies from a single year matured in cask for a minimum period of seven years. Their expertise in Colheitas has established them as the stand out producer of this style. Barros leave their Colheita ports to mature in cask until being hand bottled to order.
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Price: £89.95
Stock: 83 in Stock

40 Year Old Calem

Tawny Port (Comes in original Calem gift box as illustrated)

Porto Calem 40 years is the result of a careful blending of wines from the average age of 40 years in oak barrels. Auburn-greenish color, features notes of dried fruit, spices and honey. The palette is engaging, complex and it has a powerful long finish.
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Price: £108.25
Stock: 12 in Stock

40 Year Old Graham's

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Tawny Port in Presentation box.
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Graham's 40 Years Old is made from wines of the very highest quality which, following careful selection, are matured in seasoned oak casks of until their peak of maturity is reached. These are among the most demanding and challenging styles of Port to produce requiring great skill and years of experience from the winemaker and blender. It is essential to strike the correct balance between the delicacy and elegance which results from prolonged cask ageing while retaining the fruit quality which lends this old Tawny its structure and longevity.

Golden amber with a pale green tinge at the rim which denotes great quality and class.
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Price: £99.00
Stock: 5 in Stock

40 Year Old Kopke

Tawny Port

***95 Points-cellartracker.com***

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.

Reviews:
Dark tawny with orangey-red highlights. I wouldn't quite call it mahogany in color, but it's close. Very dark, and lots of brown.
Nose: As is typical, lots of (to me) Madeira-like notes.
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Price: £99.00
Stock: 28 in Stock

40 Year Old Messias

Tawny Port (Price includes a deluxe gift box with wine accessories as illustrated)

Very pale amber/tawny/orange colour. Fine and delicate aromas of hazelnuts and candied citrus. Quince marmalade character, delicate in style, with finesse and poise. Seemingly quite dry in style towards the finish (not as obviously rich as some here), and supremely refined.


Bottle Size 75cl
ABV 20%
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Price: £89.95
Stock: 27 in Stock

Barbacarlo, 1978

P. Filighera


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Price: £39.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

Barbaresco, 1978

La Brenta d'Oro

Barbaresco is one of the great wines of Italy's north-western Piedmont region. This aristocratic red has its vineyards situated in the Langhe, on the right-hand side of the Tanaro river and extending from the area north-east of Alba to the communes of Barbaresco, Nieve and Treiso. The dominant variety grown is Nebbiolo, but Dolcetto and Barbera also play a part. The vines are generally grown on limestone-rich marl soils. similar to the Tortonium soils of the Barolo and La Morra areas in Barolo. Similar to its more famous sibling Barolo, Barbaresco is made from 100% Nebbiolo and shares its cult status as one of the finest wines in the world.
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Price: £99.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Barbaresco, 1978

Mignone

Barbaresco is one of the great wines of Italy's north-western Piedmont region. This aristocratic red has its vineyards situated in the Langhe, on the right-hand side of the Tanaro river and extending from the area north-east of Alba to the communes of Barbaresco, Nieve and Treiso. The dominant variety grown is Nebbiolo, but Dolcetto and Barbera also play a part. The vines are generally grown on limestone-rich marl soils. similar to the Tortonium soils of the Barolo and La Morra areas in Barolo. Similar to its more famous sibling Barolo, Barbaresco is made from 100% Nebbiolo and shares its cult status as one of the finest wines in the world.
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Price: £119.00
Stock: 4 in Stock

Barbera, 1978

Giacomo Borgogno *** BESTSELLER ***

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: £49.00
Stock: 77 in Stock

Barbera del Monferrato, 1978

Vignaioli Piemontesi

This 1978 Barbera del Monferrato has a deep ruby hue and a bouquet of ripe plum and cherries, often piqued by a hint of black pepper. Barbera-based wines are known for retaining a balanced acidity even in warmer vintages, making them an ideal partner to tomato-based dishes. These wines are lower in tannin, making them more approachable in their early years. Barbera from Monferrato differs from that made in Asti or Alba in both its provenance and style. Where Alba and Asti produce strongly structured wines, their Monferrato equivalents are more aromatic and often a little less robust.
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Price: £49.00
Stock: 27 in Stock

Barolo, 1978

Viarengo & Figli

Barolo is known as the 'king of wines' and is made from the Nebbiolo grape. Heady aromas of rose, leather, vanilla, cherry, pepper, cranberry, strawberry. Fruits are perfectly knitted with the tannins and acidity. It's a powerful wine but remarkably subtle. Don't underestimate it and certainly serve it with food to show at it's best. Nebbiolo has naturally high tannins and acidity, so it will take on full-flavoured, rich foods no problem at all.
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Price: £129.00
Stock: 21 in Stock

Barolo, 1978

Marcarini Brunate

Barolo is known as the 'king of wines' and is made from the Nebbiolo grape. Heady aromas of rose, leather, vanilla, cherry, pepper, cranberry, strawberry. Fruits are perfectly knitted with the tannins and acidity. It's a powerful wine but remarkably subtle. Don't underestimate it and certainly serve it with food to show at it's best. Nebbiolo has naturally high tannins and acidity, so it will take on full-flavoured, rich foods no problem at all.
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Price: £169.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Baron de Lustrac, 1978

Vintage Armagnac (Comes in original Lustrac Box as illustrated)

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: 1 in Stock

Baron de Sigognac, 1978

Armagnac (Comes in original wooden gift box as illustrated)

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.

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: £129.00
Stock: 6 in Stock

Beaune, 1978

Clos des Marconnets Bouchard Pere& Fils (HALF BOTTLE) 37.5cl

Nice red fruit on the nose with cherries, strawberry preserve and some smoke. On the palate there is a slight minerality,spice and earthy notes. Nice finish.
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Price: £49.95
Stock: 2 in Stock

Chateau Gruaud Larose, 1978

St Julien, 2me Grand Cru Classe (MAGNUM 1.5L)

Deep dark carmine with a brown edge. Deep, rich and mature bouquet with hints of ripe cassis, black berries and good oak. Firm wine with blackberries and good bitterness. The tannin is beautiful in harmony; little sticky and a little dry. No mistake about it: this is a superb wine, definitely considering the vintage. The wine is so full bodied and complex and has such a beautiful aftertaste.
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Price: £249.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Chateau Haut Brion, 1978

Pessac-Leognan First Growth Classification

"As this wine has developed, it has taken on a pronounced roasted, melted asphalt/tar-scented nose that in some ways is the essence of Graves, but it seems strikingly devoid of some of the other nuances so common in Haut-Brion. The wine is fully mature, with a deep garnet color, and a pronounced asphalt-scented nose. This impression is verified in the mouth, where the wine reveals a lot of smokiness, tar, and sweet black fruit flavors. This surprisingly evolved wine has been fully mature for a decade or more." Robert PArker, Bordeaux 3rd Ed.

This wine is mature and ready for drinking now.
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Price: £425.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Chateau la Fleur Milon, 1978

Pauillac

The 12-ha estate is adjacent to fifth-growth Chateau Clerc Milon, and first growth Chateau Mouton-Rothschild, both in Pauillac.

The property is planted to 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
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Price: £78.95
Stock: 9 in Stock

Chateau Lanayre, 1978

Haut Medoc

The 1978 Chateau Lanayre displays notes of roasted herbs and licorice, red and black currants. Medium-bodied, relatively lush and fruity in style.
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Price: £59.95
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Chateau Mouton Rothschild, 1978

Pauillac, 1st Growth Classification

A deep garnet core with tawny rim. The bouquet displays good intensity, cohesive, earthy, leathery but well defined and gaining potency. The palate is medium-bodied with some attractive decayed black cedar-infused leafy fruit with tobacco and a touch of graphite. Good persistency towards the slightly bitter finish with touches of soy and pain grille. Neil Martin, Wine Journal, Tasted September 2008.

Rating 90 Points (Wine Journal)

Drink now-2018.
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Price: £365.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Cheval Noir, 1978

New

St Emilion

This wine from the good 1978 vintage has a brick-reddish colour. On the palate there is a smell of leather and tobacco. The fruit has faded and the tannins are dusty but there is sufficient balance, interesting.
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Price: £69.95
Stock: 11 in Stock

Chianti Classico, 1978

Castello Di Ama

The 1978 Chianti Classico Castello di Ama is characterised by its red and black cherry character, intermingled with notes of wild herbs, mint and spice, supported by a racy acidity and mellow tannins.

Chianti, situated in Tuscany in central Italy, is home to probably the best-known and most iconic of all Italian wines. The area’s most highly regarded wines come from the Chianti Classico zone which is the heartland of the Chianti wine region – its traditional and longest-established viticultural area. This fame is due not just to the high quality of the wines, but also to the classico zone's iconic Tuscan landscape and wine making traditions.
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Price: £89.00
Stock: 3 in Stock

Chianti Classico, 1978

Castelgreve

The 1978 Chianti Classico Castelgreve is characterised by a rich ruby red colour that turns to garnet with time. Aromas of red and black cherry are entwined with notes of wild herbs, mint and a hint of earthy spice. It is supported by a racy acidity, mellow tannins and a long persistent finish.

Chianti, situated in Tuscany in central Italy, is home to probably the best-known and most iconic of all Italian wines. The area’s most highly regarded wines come from the Chianti Classico zone which is the heartland of the Chianti wine region – its traditional and longest-established vinicultural area.
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Price: £79.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Chianti Classico, 1978

Classico DOC, Castello di Leccia

The 1978 Chianti Castello di Leccia is characterised by a rich ruby red colour that turns to garnet with time. Aromas of red and black cherry are entwined with notes of wild herbs, mint and a hint of earthy spice. It is supported by a racy acidity, mellow tannins and a long persistent finish.

Chianti, situated in Tuscany in central Italy, is home to probably the best-known and most iconic of all Italian wines. The area’s most highly regarded wines come from the Chianti Classico zone which is the heartland of the Chianti wine region – its traditional and longest-established vinicultural area.
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Price: £69.95
Stock: 1 in Stock

Dolcetto, 1978

Giacomo Borgogno *** BESTSELLER ***

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: £39.00
Stock: 25 in Stock