1978 Latour 750ml

France - Bordeaux - Pauillac | First Growth/ Red / Bordeaux Blend
1978 Latour
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Jancis Robinson | 17.5

Magnum. Like the 1983, one of the richer vintages in this collection, although as Engerer reminded us this was a vintage that looked for many weeks as though it would never ripen and was saved by some fine weather in September. Nowadays, crop thinning and greater risk-taking would probably result in riper wines. Sinewy and complex. Good for drinking now.

Drink Dates: 1992-2010
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 90

Medium garnet-colored with moderate amber at the edge, the 1978 Latour offers a spicy, saddle leather, tobacco, dried herb, earthy nose with sweet fruit trying to poke through. Interestingly, new oak also makes an appearance in the flavors. Medium-bodied, elegant, and fragrant, but possibly beginning to dry out, this fully mature wine requires consumption over the next decade.

Drink Dates: 2000-2010
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 129

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Wine Spectator | 92

Better than I anticipated. A sleek and racy wine.Ruby-amber color. Aromas of cedar, cigar box,tobacco, mint and mushrooms, with hints of redfruits, follow though to a medium body with finetannins and a long, silky finish. Excellent now,but a little more bottle age would only improveit.--Latour vertical.

Drink Dates: 2005+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 91
Author: Wang Chong
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 03/03/2010
1.5L strong,
Score: 95
Author: Gregory H928
Tasted On: 11/07/2009
Drink Dates: 2009-2011
Tasted 11/7/09. Cork was intact but may not last more than another year or two. Took about 1 hour to open up. Velvety smooth with nose and taste of earth. Fragrant with fruit after 30 years! Amazing wine. Drink now!
Score: 93
Author: Robert L866
Tasted On: 02/06/2006
Drink Dates: 2000-2015
Gotham B&G, "no tail por la chica", a very good sign mature, good balance thru nose, palate and swallow, brickish red color almost to center of glass, great, mature bordeaux, drink

About This Producer


Chateau Latour is among the First Growth properties classified in the Bordeaux 1855 Classification. The estate is situated in the southern portion of Pauillac, bordering St. Julien and the Gironde estuary. Latour is considered one of the longest-lasting First Growths, reflecting its high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon. The blend is typically 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. The fruit is grown in vineyards with notably high levels of gravel and an ideal southeastern exposure. Latour is typified by its concentrated fruit and complexity. Young vintages are forward and jammy with multiple layers of fruit. Aromas include black-currant, cherry and prune, with a dusty bouquet of mint, leather, cedar, and tobacco. Chateau Latour can age a lifetime and should not be approached for ten to twenty years. Some of the best vintages include 1949, 1959, 1961, 1982, 1990, and 2000. Chateau Latour also produces a second wine called Les Forts de Latour and a third wine labeled simply Pauillac.

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