A pair of 1978 Pauillac Reds that were excellent: the The 1978 Chateau Pichon-Lalande was silky, elegant and fully mature but with beautiful, ripe fruit, framboise and cedar flavors. The nose and palate were both seductive – Gus (my father-in-law) and I commented on how the wine’s texture was just beyond description.
The 1978 Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste was spicier (in a cracked black pepper way) on the nose with loads of darker fruits and graphite on the palate with the ethereal texture that only age brings. The long, fruit-driven finish still showed a little tannin & acidity. This was the more ‘majestic’ wine of the two- more classic and textbook Pauillac.
I dug these out of my father in law’s basement on July 5th. We were hoping one of the two would still be good; they both were better than good. We had the Pichon-Lalande on its own. We decanted the Grand Puy Lacoste and had it with dinner.
I hope you and yours had a great weekend.