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1978 Guigal Cotes du Rhone

Publish Date: 01 Feb 2015

Authored by: James Halliday

Colour still healthy and bright; careful decanting left only fine sediment in the bottle. Having enjoyed a very much younger wine (1999) the other day, I thought it was time to have a bottle (one of a remaining six from 1978). This was a glorious vintage in Burgundy, and equally so in the Rhone (and a fair vintage in Bordeaux, a bit on the green side). This bottle had a very high fill, and while the cork initially resisted my attempts to remove it, it finally came out in one piece, with no nasty black discolouration on the upper quarter of the cork. 

For a country wine, purchased for a song by me in 1980, it was/is nectar of the gods. A supple, almost velvety, medium-bodied palate sang from the moment it entered the mouth, with gently spicy/foresty overtones to the potpourri of purple fruits, finishing in the manner of aged Burgundy. A home-made, freshly baked lamb pie was just the ticket.

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