1978 Petrus, Pomerol (750ml)

1978 Petrus, Pomerol (750ml)

Regular price $1,599.99 Sale


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.  (12/2009)

Jancis Robinson

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)  (7/2013)


The 1978 Petrus is a wine that I have encountered two or three times (the first occasion at an MW seminar where I absconded with the dregs that accompanied by ham sandwich.) For many years it was actually comparatively a good value. It has a pretty, if conservative, rather straight-laced bouquet of red fruit with marked sous-bois and leather aromas suggesting that this is approaching the end of its drinking plateau. Like many 1978s it comes across as foursquare and masculine on the palate, just a touch of bell pepper towards the second half, a rather “bony” Petrus as whatever fruit there was initially recedes and leaves the tannins. Bottles should be consumed in the near future as it is not in gradual decline. (NM)  (9/2018)

Wine Spectator

 Looks rather mature, with hints of garnet on the rim, but the aromas of tobacco, truffles and earth are decadent. Full-bodied, with rich, opulent flavors and a lovely ripe finish. Like an autumn day. Will improve. (JS)  (2/1991)