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1978 Vintage Report

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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Kopke Port, 1978

Colheita Port (Includes Kopke presentation box)

***94 Points- Mark Squires, eRobertParker.com #223 March 2016***

Review:
The 1978 Kopke Colheita Tawny Port was bottled in 2015 with 119 grams per litre of residual sugar and a bar top cork (typical for the house). It is very graceful for its age, finishing with a wave of sweetness, fruit and sugar. Emphasizing the caramel more than the molasses, this is irresistibly delicious, but it becomes more complex and puts on weight as it airs and warms. The wine shows off its power and hints of Brandy on the rather tense finish, too. Overall, this is a beauty that becomes more impressive the longer you sit with it.
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Price: £89.95
Stock: 18 in Stock

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Amarone della Valpolicella, 1978

Tinazzi Eugenio

This wine is made from grapes harvested in various vineyards located on hills in the Valpolicella zone (Mezzane and Tregnago hills). Different sources and different grape varieties are important to obtain well-balanced wines with the fine structure that only a few single areas in the Valpolicella zone can provide. Notes: Color: strong ruby red. Clear and transparent. Bouquet: notes of vanilla and ethereal airs depending on the period of aging in the barrel; notes of sweet fruits such as currants, blueberries, cherries depending on the varieties of grapes. Flavor: wine with a velvety, raisiny character combined with the structure and typical stylish bitterness to give it good balance.
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Price: £139.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Amarone della Valpolicella, 1978

Cantina Sociale Valpantena

This wine is made from grapes harvested in various vineyards located on hills in the Valpolicella zone (Mezzane and Tregnago hills). Different sources and different grape varieties are important to obtain well-balanced wines with the fine structure that only a few single areas in the Valpolicella zone can provide. Notes: Color: strong ruby red. Clear and transparent. Bouquet: notes of vanilla and ethereal airs depending on the period of aging in the barrel; notes of sweet fruits such as currants, blueberries, cherries depending on the varieties of grapes. Flavor: wine with a velvety, raisiny character combined with the structure and typical stylish bitterness to give it good balance.
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Price: £139.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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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: 6 in Stock

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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

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Barbaresco, 1978

Calissano Riserva Speciale

Tasting note: The colour is still quite intense with only a little age showing around the rim. It has intense fruit, but not as much tar character as a classic Barolo. There still was some medium tannin and plenty of acidity. It had a full body and the finish was long. It likely would hold at least a few years longer. This is a wine that should hold up
to most very rich meat and game.
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Price: £109.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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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: £39.00
Stock: 95 in Stock

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Barbera, 1978

Monferrato DOC-Vignaioli Piemontesi

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. The Barbera vine is believed to be native to Piedmont, indeed, to the Monferrato hills themselves. The first historical evidence of this grape appears in a 17th-century document preserved in the city hall of Nizza Monferrato. It was also officially mentioned in 1798, in a list of Piedmontese grape varieties drawn up by the deputy director of the Agrarian Society of Turin, Count Nuvolone.
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Price: £49.95
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Barbera d'Alba, 1978

Ceretto

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: £39.95
Stock: 3 in Stock

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Barbera d'Alba, 1978

Bel Colle

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: £39.95
Stock: 6 in Stock

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Barbera d'Alba, 1978

Parocco di Neive

Barbera d'Alba 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: 2 in Stock

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Bardolino, 1978

Cesari

The Bardolino wine is obtained mainly from the grapes of Corvina Veronese, Rondinella and possibly with the addition of other grapes minors. It has a brilliant ruby red color. It is delicately fruity, with hints of cherry, cherry, strawberry, raspberry, currant and spices (cinnamon, clove, black pepper). It has a great drinkability and an extraordinary ability to match the food.
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Price: £49.95
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Barros Port, 1978

Colheita Port (Comes in Barros Box as illustrated)

A dark tawny color with an aromatic nose of toasted nuts, dried orange peel, and bread pudding. The palate is flavourful with raisins and caramelized figs. This port is not overly sweet, is full bodied with tart acidity, soft tannins, and a long lingering finish.
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Price: £74.95
Stock: 2 in Stock

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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

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Brunello di Montalcino, 1978

Dei Rosetti

Brunello de Montalcino is one of Italys most famous and most expensive red wines. It is produced in the vineyards surrounding the town of Montalcino located about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Florence in the Tuscany wine region. Brunello, roughly translated as "nice dark one" is the unofficial name of the clone of Sangiovese used in production.
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Price: £129.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

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Cabernet Sauvignon (South Africa), 1978

Meerlust – Stellenbosch


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Price: £79.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Cabernet Sauvignon (South Africa), 1978

Bergkelder – Fleur du Cap – Stellenbosch


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Price: £69.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Chateau Bel Air, 1978

Pomerol


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Price: £68.95
Stock: 3 in Stock

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Chateau Brane Cantenac, 1978

Margaux 3me Grand Cru Classe

This 1978 Brane Cantenac is fully mature. A shallow, nose with faint scents of wild strawberry, cherry and leather. Light tannins on the palate. Build into a lovely classic Margaux.
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Price: £89.95
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Chateau Cantemerle, 1978

Haut Medoc 5me Cru Classe

The 1978 has been fully mature for over a decade. It is medium ruby with some amber/orange colour at the edges, possessing a light-intensity, fragrant bouquet suggestive of berry fruit and oak. On the palate, the flavors reveal adequate fruit and concentration, but the acidity is a bit sharp in the finish
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Price: £52.95
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Chateau Cos d'Estournel, 1978

St Estephe, 2nd Growth Classification

The 1978 Cos is very highly regarded by the chateau, Wine critic Robert Parker writes of this wine ' the 1978 is very good... It is dark ruby, with a moderately intense bouquet of herbs, black cherries, spice, oak, and leather. On the palate the wine is medium to full bodied with a dusty tannic texture' Bordeaux 3rd Ed. The magum is presented in a wooden prsentation box with tasting notes at no extra charge. Just click on the basket above (not the luxury packaging). Rating 85/100 (very good)
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Price: £119.00
Stock: 3 in Stock

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Chateau de la Rolandiere, 1978

Lalande de Pomerol

The wines of Lalande-de-Pomerol are made predominantly from Merlot, but may also contain Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. As with most of the right-bank appellations, it is the approachability of Merlot that makes these wines so popular.
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Price: £59.95
Stock: 4 in Stock

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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

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Chateau La Lagune, 1978

Medoc Grand Cru Classe

Evolved mature colour with orange hues. Pleasant nose with fruity scents. In the mouth there is still a lot of body at the start. A very good wine
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Price: £59.95
Stock: 7 in Stock

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Chateau Lascombes, 1978

Margaux 2nd Growth Classification

The 1978 Lascombes is an outstanding wine... It is dark ruby, with a moderately intense bouquet of herbs, black cherries, spice, oak, and leather. On the palate the wine is medium to full bodied, with a black current fruitiness, a bouquet suggestive of plums and cedary, toasted oak. A very good wine
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Price: £56.96
Stock: 1 in Stock

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