Dark ruby with strongly brick rim. Very sweet, old era, old-fashioned wine on the nose - pre-1982. Strong, blackcurrant pastille liqueur nose. Firm tannins but much more flesh than the 1979 - a lovely wine now.ÿFresh fruit that definitely overwhelms the tannins. A fellow taster who knows this and the 1982 well claimed that after four hours it overtakes the 1982. More fruit in this than in the 1975. Very pure, fresh and lively after 90 minutes in the glass.
Author: Jancis Robinson
Bordeaux Book(1998) | Rating: 95
This is a wine I try to purchase at wine auctions. One of the top wines of the 1978 vintage, La Tour-Haut-Brion's color remains a murky garnet/purple. An explosive nose offers up aromas of roasted meats and herbs, truffles, licorice, Asian spices, and sweet black currant fruit. It is powerful, muscular, and full-bodied, with considerable tannin. This profoundly rich wine is just beginning to reach its plateau of maturity, where it should remain for another 10-20 years. It is a remarkable effort! Anticipated maturity: 2000-2020. Last tasted 10/97