Thirty-five years on tasting.
Very fine, limpid oxblood with a touch of ochre, pink-orange rim. Perfumed, complex, profound nose: warm brick, cool red fruit. Touches of worn leather, antique cedar, mature violet, exotic spice and blond tobacco, all streaked in pencil. A timeless harmony on the palate, queenly, lensing and multi-dimensional: beef bouillon, vanilla cremé, mulberry tart, gently sautéed groseille. A richer, more voluptuous character than Latour; more velvet than silk. Regal grip. Subtle, composed, mineralic finish. Intoxicating elegance and true breed: a grande dame of a wine. A great ’78. Fully mature. Will keep very well.