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The 1978 vintage is considered a very qualitative vintage in Bordeaux. Château Latour had a mild winter and slow flowering during the spring. Despite the drought in September which delayed the harvest in October, the wines are very satisfactory. During the tastings, the excellence of Château Latour 1978 is confirmed. A wine that is both powerful and very aromatic with its notes of truffles. A great vintage from Château Latour, often in the shadow of the great 80s.

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92 / 100
Wine Spectator August - 2000
Wine Spectator
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. Best after 2005. (JS)
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90 / 100
Robert PARKER - The Wine Advocate
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. Anticipated maturity: now-2010.
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95 / 100
Jean-Marc Quarin February - 2003
Jean-Marc Quarin
Dark red. Good intensity. Slight evolution. Nose. Net. Average intensity. Fruity. End. Ripe. Cedar. Complex. Creamy. Restlessness. Even better. Very complex. Ripe and fresh. Ink. Sweet attack, developing on a juicy and fat body, very aromatic and very tasty. Very slow tannic evolution on a slightly smoked complex taste. Beautiful aromatic finish. And even if the intensity of the body falls a little in the finish, the tannin grain is exemplary, without hardness, and accompanied by beautiful aromas.
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Jancis Robinson December - 2016
Jancis Robinson
Mid blackish ruby with a broad pale rim. Serious stuff on the nose! Wonderfully complex with mineral layers and some dried herbs. Still very vigorous. Beautiful balance and intensity. Tasted after two younger top Margauxs, this really shows the staying power of Pauillac in general and Latour in particular. Lightly gritty (I think I got the dregs) and very definitely dry. Still a little, but not excessive, tannin on the end. Long and sore throat-soothing.
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Region Bordeaux
Appellation Pauillac
Colour Red
Volume 0.75 l
Country France
Château Latour
Château Latour

The Château Latour is a french estate. It is ranked Premier Cru Classé in the Official Classification created in 1855.

There are 2 other Châteaux in the Pauillac appellation which also benefit from the prestigious title of 1er Cru Classé: Lafite Rothschild and Mouton Rothschild. 

Created around 1680, Château Latour's vineyard is one of the oldest in the Médoc. At the heart of the estate, the main parcel, called "l'Enclos", is made up of 47 hectares of old vines that are preciously maintained, because only they are able to give birth to the "Grand Vin". The 18 hectares of exterior plots, the vines less than 10 years old and the possibly downgraded cuvées produce the second wine of the estate, "Les Forts de Latour". The wine of Château Latour is an example of regularity regardless of the quality of the vintage. Firm, tannic and concentrated in its youth ...

Latour is the epitome of excellence in good years and bad ones. Among the greatest vintages, the most beautiful achievements of the chateau: 1920, 1929, 1949, 1955, 1959, 1961, 1970, 1982, 1990, 2000.

>> Read more on the article "Latour, Premier Cru Classé in 1855"

>> See all the crus classés of Médoc classification