Parker : 87 / 100
Wine Advocate-Parker :
1978 was an extremely difficult year for the wine producers in Barsac and Sauternes. Unlike the red wine producers who had a late, yet excellent harvest, the weather was not humid enough for the formation of the noble rot. While the wines are rich, full bodied, and viscous, they lack character and often taste dull. Yquem's 1978 is the best wine produced in the appellation. It is rich and honeyed, with excellent concentration and plenty of alcohol and body. Unfortunately, it does not have the majestic bouquet and complex flavors and aromas that can only result from rampant botrytis-infected grapes. Only 15% of the crop went into Yquem. Anticipated maturity: Now-2008. Last tasted, 12/90.