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.

50 products found.

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: £94.95
Stock: 11 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: 5 in Stock

Barbaresco, 1978

Enrico Serafino - del Centenario

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: £199.00
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: 92 in Stock

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

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: £109.00
Stock: 23 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: 3 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

Barros Port, 1978

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: 89 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

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: 1 in Stock

Cabernet Sauvignon (South Africa), 1978

Bergkelder – Fleur du Cap – Stellenbosch


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Price: £69.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Cannonau Di Sardegna, 1978

Cantine Sociale Ogliastra *** LAST ONE ***

This is a sweeter style liquor style of wine is drinking well but will keep for further years. The Cannonau (also known as Cannonao, Cannonadu or Canunau) is the most popular wine from the island of Sardinia. It's mostly produced in the centre of Sardinia, even if we can find production of this famous wine in all the island. The grapes used for this Sardinian wine is the Cannonau. (At least 90 % of this grapes has to be used to be certified as original Cannonau). Cannonau is a very "strong wine" so it should be used with elaborate red meat and some types of cheese.
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Price: £49.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Chateau Bel Air, 1978

Pomerol

The 1978 Chateau Bel Air has a healthy garnet colour, only slightly bricking towards the rim. Forest floor, plenty of herbs, relatively sweet on the palate with the remaining fruit and leather notes. A very pleasant drink.
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Price: £68.95
Stock: 3 in Stock

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

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. Rating 85/100 (very good)
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Price: £119.00
Stock: 3 in Stock

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

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: 12 in Stock

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: £74.95
Stock: 7 in Stock

Chateau Leoville Poyferre, 1978

St Julien 2me Growth Classification

A deep tawny rim with a mahogany core. This has a delightful nose, very good intensity with notes of cooked meats, roasted chestnut, toffee and a touch of marzipan. It smells as if it is from a hot vintage! After five minutes in the glass, it become a little muffled but develops a touch of mint. The palate certainly has more fruit concentration than the 1980, a rounded texture, quite sharp acidity with notes of sour cherry, a touch of leather and a dry, rather gamey, but attenuated finish. Not bad for a 1978
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Price: £99.95
Stock: 1 in Stock

Chateau Les Moines, 1978

Medoc

The 1978 Les Moines has a lovely mature Bordeaux colour. Assertive nose of faint green bell pepper, bit of green vegetable, strong tobacco, with some tree bark, pencil lead and tar. The nose has great freshness and adds a strong notes of smoke and loam. Good vibrant acidity with still some tannin noticable. Really quite nice and perfectly mature. Softens so nicely and offers an earthy core just covered with a gauze of fruit. A very nice old wine.
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Price: £59.95
Stock: 4 in Stock

Chianti, 1978

Mensano

Chianti is Italian wine from the Tuscany region. Located in central Italy along the Tyrrhenian coast, Tuscany is home to some of the world's most notable wine regions. Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are primarily made with Sangiovese grape whereas the Vernaccia grape is the basis of the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
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Price: £49.00
Stock: 3 in Stock

Chianti Classico, 1978

Fattoria di Ripanera

This 1978 Chianti Fattoria di ripanera is characterised by the wines rich ruby red colour that turns to garnet with time. Aromas of red and black cherry 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: 41 in Stock