The nose on this bottle was a knockout! Fully mature and stinking beautiful! Cedar, plum, and mushroom juice...surprisingly valid without being raisiny...Vibrant acidity has taken over for the resolved tannins, driving a pretty descent finish. Given the 1978 mark, I would serve this blind to stump some of your most knowledgable Bordeaux head friends...I don't think it will be placed as a 78 because its such a forgotten vintage, still so valid, and so rarely available and poured compared to 70 or 75 for that matter. To think of it drinking this well, is a whole other surprise.
Drunk from Magnum on Christmas Day 2014 at the Koala Bar - we tasted a collection of '78s in large formats for Christmas (and why wouldn't you!). The Lafite was definitely the favourite but I find myself describing it in terms of the negatives that it didn't exhibit. Unfortunately this vintage seems a little dried out now with any fragrance or fruit relatively short lived. The tannins tend to dominate and none of the wines posses the sweetness that old Bordeaux gets when its singing. This was not one of the recently released ex-Chateau batch so it will be interesting to see whether perfect provenance lifts the wine a notch. Don't get me wrong '78 Lafite is still very pleasant but the '60s and the '80s were definitely kinder to Bordeaux and it shows.
Solid cork with no signs of seepage. Color was bright and lively, with no signs of bricking on edges. Nose exhibited smoothness and integrated elements of black fruit, spice box, mint and pepper. Palate was soft with a touch of initial acid that faded quickly. Flavors of black cherry, evergreen and some chocolate prevailed. Not mind blowing but in line with vintage quality. Drink now.
Lithe and delicate, this was another wine that continued to improve with air. Originally it had a strong minty note on the nose, but it eventually quieted to make room for soft fruit and earth. Light on the palate.
Delicate bouquet of fruits. Lighter body than I expected, with a long finish. Was a little muted though and did not evolve during the evening. Either it is past it's prime( which I suspect) or the bottle was a little off.
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