90-94 / 100
90-94 / 100
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.
CHÂTEAU MALARTIC LAGRAVIERE 1978
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)
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.
(12-2016) 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.