The 1978 Château Lafleur-Pétrus is one of the finest Right Bank wines I have tasted from this vintage. The wine offers up a lovely and complex nose of cherries, nutskin, a beautiful base of soil tones, pomegranate, a touch of soy, fresh herb tones and a fine topnote of smokiness. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very nicely balanced, with plenty of depth at the core, gentle tannins, tangy acids and excellent focus and grip on the long and complex finish. There is absolutely no sense here of imperfect ripeness and the wine is a very fine, svelte middleweight in its plateau of peak drinkability.
Light brick colour with tawny rim. Pronounced undergrowth and damp autumn leaf aromas, with a hint of sweet red cherry. This wine is all about elegance, with soft tannins and attractive sweet fruit and leathery notes. A graceful wine to enjoy now.
Intense colour. No shortage of fresh fruit and very obviously right bank. Clean and bright fruit. Some evolution but just not very rich. Not so obviously right bank as some other vintages of Petrus but very neat. 17.5/20 points (JR)
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