The 1978 Las Cases has taken on a garnet hue with some dark ruby tints. The nose is more complex and penetrating than the flavors. The wine offers classic, mineral, lead pencil, smoky, earthy scents, with plenty of ripe fruit, and none of the vegetal herbaceousness that many 1978s have begun to exhibit. The attack offers good ripeness, medium to full body, higher acidity than many more recent vintages, and considerable tannin in the hard finish. Although this wine possesses outstanding complexity, the high tannin level may never fully melt away. (RP)
Half bottle slipped in at the end, in an unenviable position after two fantastic wines, but it held its own. I have fond memories of finding bottles of this at a bargain price in a pub in County Clare on the west coast of Ireland. Dense, complete, savoury and confident with great balance. 18/20 points (JR)
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