HOT LOT 92 Points WS – 1978 Chateau Latour

WHO: Chateau Latour
WHAT: Red Bordaux Blend
WHERE: France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
WHEN: 1978
SIZE: 750 ml

92 points, 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 red fruits, follow though to a medium body with fine tannins and a long, silky finish. Excellent now, but a little more bottle age would only improve it.

Recent ratings by wine lovers show this wine is just peaking now. These are all from CellarTracker.

October 2010:

My last bottle. Surprisingly dark with no bricking. Soaring nose of lead pencil, black cherry, earth, old leather couch, smelled like a cedar closet. I loved the nose! Great penetrating flavors of pure cassis, minerals muscular tannins, and a long tasty finish. Blind I would have guessed much younger. My last bottle of this 3 years ago was much more advanced and I wasn’t expecting much. Just a lovely example of a masculine claret with some age on it. Well stored bottles have many years of life left. Went great with prime dry aged filets.

January 2011:

A great-showing bottle of Latour. Storage is everything! I’ve definitely never had a richer, more powerful ’78, and obviously that’s partially because this is Latour but also partially because this bottle is in such great shape that it still has a lot of fruit sweetness hanging on. But it’s not just generic claret fruit; this has a sinister edge to it and it’s black as night in complexion. It feels almost completely resolved of its tannin but it’s still a structured wine by virtue of its acidity, which contributes a stalky sap running through its veins.

June 2011:

The color of this wine was very cool. Dark maroon core with a firey-orange rim. This bottle had been opened about an hour before I tasted it, and I was told that it was still on the upswing at the time. The nose had aromas of dark fruits, pencil shavings and a very spicy pepper note. The palate had flavors of plums, currants, pepper and earth. This wine had a very elegant mouthfeel and a long finish where a hint of licorice came forward. I came back to this wine a few hours later, and it had not fallen off at all. There was a little more complexity to the palate at that point with some tobacco and celery notes on the palate. I really enjoyed this wine! Very clean, and not a hint of anything barnyard-like in the least!

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