1978 Bordeaux, Rhone etc including Margaux, Palmer, Vieux Télégraphe and Cuvaison (Regional Wines, Wellington): Colour lighter red, with a watery rim. A perfumed, beautiful bouquet of raspberries, black truffles and florals. Quite a sweet entry, but on palate a big, relatively primary, rich wine with the flavours of cherries and reminding me of a meaty casserole. A wine some structure with sufficient mid palate depth, but, not without elegance. Real length and back palate intensity and some firm tannins. Ideally, this wine needs 5 or so more years cellar time (!). Grenache 70%, Syrah 15%, Mourvèdre 10% .
Filled with fresh cracked pepper, gariggue, kirsch, herbes, fennel and black raspberries with a melange of spice, this rich, full bodied, charmingly, rustic, spice filled wine ends with a long, fresh, powerful, pure, cherry liqueur finish. This fully mature Chateauneuf du Pape remains a sublime tasting experience for lovers of old Chateauneuf du Pape. Believe it or not, this has at least another decade of life to look forward to. This is best vintage of Vieux Telegraph I’ve ever tasted! It's almost impossible to fathom how young this wine was showing after more than 3 decades of aging.
Oh wow, this is just so gorgeous and classic. Perfectly proportioned. Drinking so young. It reminded me very much of a clean bottle of 1990 Beaucastel with singing notes of sweet cherry and lavender. It is hard to believe this is a 1978. A very special VT.
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