Big surprise! Expectations weren't all that high for this bottle served alongside the mighty 1976. But this certainly held it's own with it's darker tones of walnuts, coffee, dried tomatoes and tobacco among the more usual lemon candy and white flowers.
Hedonistic mouthfeel but still elegant. Impressive! Completely mature but not a hint of oxidation or other signs of heading down hill. Drink now or keep forever.
Light amber color; still quite effervescent; nose good but not great for an older Cristal; lively on palate but not with the explosion of flavor you get in some vintages; a bit shorter than hoped for on the finish. The 1975 I had a few months ago was much better (no shock there).
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(Louis Roederer Cristal) A 1978 Louis Roederer Cristal was a rare treat; it is a vintage that has mostly been consumed and not collected, but it held up well. It was much more mature than the ’82, a sign of the ‘82s quality, and ready to go. There was still some light spritz here, and mature carob and caramel flavors. Rob called it ‘clean,’ although I found a bit of back alley water to it along with garden flavors.
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