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Bordeaux Vintage Report / 1978 has turned out to be a very good wine vintage especially in Pauillac and St Julien. Weather conditions were challenging with a very late spring followed by a torrid and erratic summer. The vintage was saved by perfect early autumn weather and as a consequence some very good to excellent wines were produced.

It would be wise to select the better Châteaux in this vintage purely because some of the lesser estates are over the hill. The best will continue to drink until 2010-2012. Lafite Rothschild is the wine of the vintage.

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Vintage Report

Rhöne Vintage Report by Jaboulet: The total harvest of the Côtes du Rhône wines is 1,858,004 Hl. In the northernmost part, the grape harvests began on the 5th. October and finished on the 23rd. October. The Autumn turns cold after several fine days. The winter is cold and snowy. Spring is cold and very wet; growth is slowed down. Helicopter spraying is tried out on the HERMITAGE for the first time, with good results. Flowering begins only on the 15th. June. July, August and September are very good months.


There is good weather for the harvest, and very healthy grapes which give very good wines and, in some cases such as in the north (HERMITAGE, COTE ROTIE) some exceptional red wines, still closed(?), which will keep well. The whites are rare, rounded, and heady.

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Vintage Report by Angelo Gaja:  Finally, 1978 was a celebrated vintage, a great vintage. Indeed, it was a special vintage. The grapes ripened very slowly. It was a very closed vintage and difficult to understand. It only began to discover its quality after fifteen or twenty years. It took time. This was a type of miracle that Nebbiolo can sometimes do. Vintages considered medium quality can show a better wine than we are expecting. Some vintages are like this. 

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1978 Following on from the oil crisis Japanese car Imports account for half the US import market. The first first ever Cellular Mobile Phone History of Mobile Phones is introduced in Illinois and Space Invaders appears in arcades Launching a Craze for Computer Video Games . Sweden is the first country in the world to recognize the effect of aerosol sprays on the Ozone Layer and bans the sale. The Serial killer David Berkowitz, "Son of Sam," is convicted of murder after terrorizing New York for 12 months. 1978 is also a great year for movies with Grease summer opening on June 16th , Saturday Night Fever and Close Encounters of the Third Kind all showing in Movie Theatres around the world.

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The best wines of the 1978 vintage

Name Tb Producer Location
1 Richebourg 98.2 Henri Jayer Burgundy, France
2 Côte-Rôtie La Mouline 97.5 E.Guigal Rhône, France
3 Romanée Conti 97.4 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
4 Musigny 97.2 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Burgundy, France
5 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 97.2 Shafer Vineyards Napa Valley, United States
6 Montrachet 97.1 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
7 Dom Pérignon Oenothèque Rosé 97.0 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
8 Richebourg 97.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
9 Bonnes Mares VV 97.0 Domaine Christophe Roumier Burgundy, France
10 La Tâche 96.8 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
11 Chambertin 96.7 Domaine Armand Rousseau Burgundy, France
12 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réservé 96.5 Château Rayas Rhône, France
13 Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche 96.5 Joseph Drouhin Burgundy, France
14 Chambertin Clos de Bèze 96.5 Domaine Armand Rousseau Burgundy, France
15 Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 96.5 Araujo Estate Napa Valley, United States
16 Musigny 96.5 Domaine Georges Roumier Burgundy, France
17 Hermitage La Chapelle 96.5 Paul Jaboulet & Âiné Rhône, France
18 Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 96.1 Domaine Georges Roumier Burgundy, France
19 Echézeaux 96.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
20 La Romanée 96.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
21 Dom Ruinart Rosé 96.0 Ruinart Champagne, France
22 Meursault-Perrières 96.0 Coche Dury Burgundy, France
23 Musigny 96.0 Louis Jadot Burgundy, France
24 Château de Rayne Vigneau 96.0 Château de Rayne Vigneau Bordeaux, France
25 Clos-de-la-Roche 96.0 Domaine Dujac Burgundy, France
26 Trotanoy 96.0 Château Trotanoy Pomerol, France
27 Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 96.0 Domaine Dujac Burgundy, France
28 Chambertin, Clos de Beze 96.0 Domaine Clair-Dau Burgundy, France
29 Barolo Monfortino Riserva 95.9 Giacomo Conterno Piedmont, Italy
30 Richebourg 95.9 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
31 Côte-Rôtie La Landonne 95.8 E.Guigal Rhône, France
32 La Mission Haut Brion 95.6 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
33 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 95.6 Château Rayas Rhône, France
34 Collina Rionda Riserva 95.6 Bruno Giacosa Barolo, Italy
35 Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 95.6 Caymus Vineyards Napa Valley, United States
36 Clos St-Denis Grand Cru 95.5 Domaine Dujac Burgundy, France
37 Nacional Vintage Port 95.5 Quinta do Noval Douro, Portugal
38 Batard-Montrachet 95.5 Domaine Ramonet Burgundy, France
39 Corton-Charlemagne 95.5 Maison Louis Latour Burgundy, France
40 Vosne-Romanée Cros Parantoux 95.5 Henri Jayer Burgundy, France
41 Grands Echézeaux 95.3 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
42 Echezeaux 95.1 Henri Jayer Burgundy, France
43 La Romanée 95.0 Bouchard Père & Fils Burgundy, France
44 Chambertin Clos-de-Bèze 95.0 Domaine Grivelet Burgundy, France
45 Cave Privée Rosé 95.0 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne, France
46 Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain District 95.0 Lokoya Napa Valley, United States
47 Cristal Rosé 95.0 Louis Roederer Champagne, France
48 Scharzhofberger Spätlese 95.0 Weingut Egon Müller-Scharzhof Saar, Germany
49 Romanee Saint Vivant 95.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
50 Bienvenue-Batard-Montrachet 95.0 Domaine Ramonet Burgundy, France
51 Griotte-Chambertin 95.0 Joseph Drouhin Burgundy, France
52 Barolo 95.0 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo, Italy
53 Richebourg 95.0 Domaine Anne & François Gros Burgundy, France
54 Vosne-Romanée 95.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
55 Chateau La Tour Haut Brion 95.0 Château La Tour Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
56 Richebourg 95.0 Charles Noellat Burgundy, France
57 Montrachet 95.0 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Burgundy, France
58 Corton-Charlemagne 95.0 Coche Dury Burgundy, France
59 Beaune Cent Vignes 95.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
60 Hermitage 94.9 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Rhône, France
61 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 94.5 Château Montelena Napa Valley, United States
62 Barolo Brunate 94.5 Fransesco Rinaldi Barolo, Italy
63 Barolo Villero 94.5 Bruno Giacosa Barolo, Italy
64 La Landonne 94.5 Domaine Rostaing Rhône, France
65 Mayacamas Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 94.5 Mayacamas Vineyards Napa Valley, United States
66 Montrachet 94.5 René Fleurot Burgundy, France
67 Reserve des Célestin CNP 94.4 Henri Bonneau Châteauneuf du Pape, France
68 Costa Russi 94.3 Angelo Gaja Barbaresco, Italy
69 Sori Tildin 94.3 Angelo Gaja Barbaresco, Italy
70 Vintage Rosé 94.0 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne, France
71 Belle Epoque 94.0 Perrier-Jouët Champagne, France
72 Belle Epoque Rosé 94.0 Perrier-Jouët Champagne, France
73 Imperial Reserva 94.0 C.V.N.E /Cune Rioja, Spain
74 Vieux Chateau Certan 94.0 Vieux Château Certan Bordeaux, France
75 Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Meurgers 94.0 Henri Jayer Burgundy, France
76 Clos des Papes 94.0 Paul Avril Rhône, France
77 Sorí San Lorenzo 94.0 Angelo Gaja Barbaresco, Italy
78 Richebourg 94.0 Jean Gros Burgundy, France
79 Barberesco 94.0 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco, Italy
80 Bones Mares 94.0 Robert Groffier Burgundy, France
81 Volnay 94.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
82 Musigny Vieilles Vignes 94.0 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Burgundy, France
83 Clos-de-la-Roche Vieilles-Vignes 94.0 Domaine Ponsot Burgundy, France
84 Musigny 94.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
85 La Romanée 94.0 Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair Burgundy, France
86 Vosne Romanee Les Brulees 94.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
87 Barbaresco Santo Stefano 94.0 Bruno Giacosa Barolo, Italy
88 Cabernet Sauvignon 94.0 Inglenook Napa Valley, United States
89 Barolo Bric del Fiasc 94.0 Paolo Scavino Piedmont, Italy
90 Clos des Goisses 93.9 Philipponnat Champagne, France
91 Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 93.9 Heitz Cellar Napa Valley, United States
92 Château Cos d'Estournel 93.7 Château Cos d'Estournel Bordeaux, France
93 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 93.5 Heitz Cellar Napa Valley, United States
94 Solaia 93.5 Antinori Tuscany, Italy
95 Léoville-Las Cases 93.5 Château Léoville-Las Cases Saint-Julien, France
96 Dom Ruinart 93.5 Ruinart Champagne, France
97 Grange Hermitage 93.2 Penfolds South Australia, Australia
98 Clos de la Roche 93.0 Domaine Louis Remy Burgundy, France
99 Ruchottes-Chambertin 93.0 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Burgundy, France
100 Cognac Petite Champagne 93.0 Cognac Lhéraud Cognac, France

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