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Two very suitable gifts for a 40th Anniversary or Birthday (even Christmas) celebration!
The lot consists of two bottles of 1978 Claret:-
One bottle of 1978 Chateau D’Angludet (Margaux) Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel.
One bottle of 1978 Chateau Haut Bages-Liberal (Pauillac) 5eme Grand Cru Classe.
1978 Bordeaux wine earned the title of the miracle vintage from the famous wine writer and personality Harry Waugh. The vintage was named the miracle because throughout the entire growing season, winemakers all over Bordeaux were expecting the worse. Yet, thanks to a perfect September, the vintage produced several fine examples of 1978 Bordeaux wine. The 1978 Bordeaux harvest began the first week of October.
1978 was before Robert Parker made tasting notes on Bordeaux vintages.However,David Peppercorn in his book “Bordeaux” has tasting notes for the 1978 D’Angludet as follows:
“Now there is an additional dimension to the wines,a complexity and depth of flavour which was missing before.I find this consistently present,at least since 1978;this is a wine of great class,complex,full,and stylish and,as usual,preferable to a good 1979”.
Having tasted a bottle of 1978 D’Angludet (without making notes) about 5 years ago,I agree with Peppercorn’s notes above as I remember it was a delicious bottle of claret.
There is only one serious tasting note on Cellartracker for the 1978 Haut-Bages-Liberal:-
“Mature appearance, medium depth; soft, ripe and warm nose, cedar and spices, mulberries and blackcurrants, vanilla, dark pitch; supple and full attack, pleasant weight, fine balance, well-integrated acidity, adequate stuffing and tannic grip; good length”.
Xavier Auerbach. (Cellartracker 14/8/1993). He confirmed this tasting note two years later – “Really very good”.