1978 Latour, Chateau Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
  • WS 92
  • WA 90

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WS 92
Wine Spectator, August 2000
Better than I anticipated. A sleek and racy wine.Ruby-amber color. Aromas of cedar cigar boxtobacco mint and mushrooms with hints of redfruits follow though to a medium body with finetannins and a long silky finish... Better than I anticipated. A sleek and racy wine.Ruby-amber color. Aromas of cedar cigar boxtobacco mint and mushrooms with hints of redfruits follow though to a medium body with finetannins and a long silky finish. Excellent nowbut a little more bottle age would only improveit.--Latour vertical. Best after 2005. (JS)
WA 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2000
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... 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.</P>
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 1978

Label

The wines of Chateau Latour need time to mature, generally at least ten or fifteen years, before they can be drunk. It is only then that the full complexity of the bouquet is expressed and the palate becomes sufficiently well integrated to be enjoyable and harmonious.

Winery

Latour, Chateau

Chateau Latour, one of Bordeaux’s oldest and most famous wine producers, is a First Growth in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification. It’s located in Pauillac near the border with Saint-Julien.

Vines have existed on the property since the 14th century, but Chateau Latour first began producing wines of great quality in the early eighteenth century. The estate gradually came to specialize in wine production, with 38 hectares of vines in 1759 and 47 hectares in 1794.

The vineyard currently has 78 hectares in production. The grapes from the 47 hectares surrounding the chateau, known as “L’Enclos”, are used in the production of the Grand Vin. The 30 hectares outside of the Enclos are used for the Forts de Latour and the Pauillac wines. The estate is planted with about 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot on gravelly hilltops and clay subsoil.