1988 Wine and Port Vintage

Vintage Port: 1988 Port: 1988 was a very difficult growing year, with bad weather in the spring and summer resulting in a small crop of average quality. As a result there was no declaration of vintage (a mark of the highest quality). Nevertheless, some very attractive single quinta ports were produced.

 
Italian: 1988 Italian Wines were produced in an excellent, almost outstanding vintage. Good growing conditions particularly in Tuscany and Piedmont produced rich, full bodied wines that will hold for many years to come.
 
Bordeaux: 1988 Bordeaux Wine: The first in a trio of great vintages and one that has been rather overshadowed by the 89s and 90s. 1988 is the most classic of the trio, with many of the wines not being overtly fruit-driven but having levels of extract and concentration that that make them perfect candidates for keeping.
 

38 products found.

Taylor's 30 Years of Port Gift Set

A 20 Year Old Tawny and a 10 Year Old Tawny, both ports come in a Double dark mocha leather effect gift box.

Taylor's 20 Year Old Tawny:
Taylor’s blends its magnificent 20 year old Tawny Ports from its extensive reserves of old cask aged Ports matured in the firm’s cool and tranquil cellars, (known as ‘lodges’) in Oporto on Portugal’s Atlantic coast.

In the 20 Year Old Tawny, the fruit has mellowed further than in the 10 Year Old, and the spicy, nutty aromas of ageing are more powerful and intense.


Taylor's 10 Year Old Tawny:
Taylor’s blends its magnificent 10 year old tawny from its extensive reserves of old cask aged Ports matured in the firm’s cool and tranquil cellars (known as ‘lodges’) in Oporto on Portugal’s Atlantic coast.
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Price: £79.95
Stock: 12 in Stock

30 Year Old Messias, 1988

Tawny Port- SINGLE BOTTLE 75cl
Special Offer | WAS £89.95 | NOW £59.95

This aged Tawny Port from Messias has a characteristic bouquet of of dried fruits, spices and roasting, most evident in wines matured in the barrel. In the mouth, turns out to be a soft and harmonious wine, with a very persistent aroma and a good long finish.
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Price: £59.95
Stock: 10 in Stock

30 Year Old Messias

Tawny Port- SINGLE BOTTLE 75cl (Comes in a Dark Mocha Leather Effect Gift Box with silk liner as illustrated)
Special Offer | WAS £89.95 | NOW £59.95

This aged Tawny Port from Messias has a characteristic bouquet of of dried fruits, spices and roasting, most evident in wines matured in the barrel. In the mouth, turns out to be a soft and harmonious wine, with a very persistent aroma and a good long finish.
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Price: £59.95
Stock: 11 in Stock

Burmester Port

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Burmester 30 Year Old Tawny in branded wooden case
Special Offer | Was £89.95 | Now £69.95

We are delighted to offer a UK exclusive on Burmester Colheita Ports.

Deep brown colour with greenish hints. Complex and powerful nose, dominated by the strong presence of the dried fruits and spices, combined with a subtle and refined note of vanilla. In the mouth it is concentrated, silky and engaging. A wine with an irreprehensible structure, great character and an apotheotic finish.
The Burmester 30 Year Old Tawny is a classic wine of exceptional quality and elegance.
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Price: £69.95
Stock: 73 in Stock

Fonseca 30 Years of Tawny Port Gift

30 Years of Tawny Port ( A 20 Year Old Tawny and a 10 Year Old Tawny, presented in a Double dark mocha leather effect gift box.)

A wonderful 30th Birthday or Anniversary Gift.

Fonseca 20 Year tawny port (75cl):
*94 Points*- Wine Spectator.
Fonseca 20 Year Old Tawny is deep amber in color with russet highlights. Its superb bouquet is a complex marriage of ripe, plummy, mature fruit, warm spicy overtones of cinnamon and butterscotch and subtle oak nuances.

Fonseca 10 Year Old Tawny Port (50cl): Fonseca 10 Year Old Tawny is russet in colour with brilliant crimson highlights and a fragrant, ripe-fruit bouquet. Its smooth, silky texture and subtle oak nuances are balanced by a fresh acidity and tannic "grip" that culminate in a long, elegant, plumy finish.
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Price: £79.00
Stock: 12 in Stock

Kopke Port

30 year old White Port - Half bottle 37.5cl 20% ABV (Price includes wooden Kopke box as illustrated)

Kopke Port is the oldest port house. Established in 1638 by Christiano Kopke and his son, Nicolau Kopke who came to Portugal as representatives of the Hanseatic League, the House of Kopke is the eldest Porto wine export firm. Through many generations, the Company was run by several representatives of the Kopke family, obtaining an excellent reputation for its wines.

Review:
This rare 30 year old white port has a cool, light-amber color, this unique white “tawny” port derives from the traditional white grapes of the Porto e Douro region, including Arinto, Viosinho, Gouveio and Malvasia Fina.
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Price: £49.95
Stock: 8 in Stock

Sandeman

30 Year Old tawny Port ( Includes Sandeman gift box as illustrated)

Sandeman is a regular Decanter World Wine Awards Gold- and Trophy-winner for its supremely refined tawnies. This has lovely lifted aromas and flavours of chocolate- covered sultanas and orange peel. Seductive and creamy with perfect poise for its age.

Sandeman Tawny Port 30 Years Old is of an old gold amber colours with the intense aromas of honey and spices, underscored with deep flavours of dried apricots, hazelnuts and vanilla, creating a rich yet elegant combination.

20% ABV
75cl
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Price: £69.95
Stock: 12 in Stock

30 Year Old Graham's

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Tawny Port -In original Graham's gift tube as illustrated
SPECIAL OFFER | NOW £59.95 | WAS £69.95

Graham's 30 Years Old is made from wines of the very highest quality which, following careful selection, are matured in seasoned oak casks of until their peak of maturity is reached. These are among the most demanding and challenging styles of Port to produce requiring great skill and years of experience from the winemaker and blender. It is essential to strike the correct balance between the delicacy and elegance which results from prolonged cask ageing while retaining the fruit quality which lends this old Tawny its structure and longevity.

Golden amber with a pale green tinge at the rim which denotes great quality and class.
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Price: £59.95
Stock: 15 in Stock

30 Year Old Offley

Tawny Port ( Comes in Offley thick carton Box as illustrated)

Tasting notes
Amber in colour, with appealing greenish hints. Its bouquet is very intense and complex, with notes of caramel, mocha, nuts and tobacco leaf. This is a very well-balanced and unctuous wine that shows a delicate structure and sublime finish.

Production method
Hand-picked grapes undergo stalk-removal and crushing before fermentation, under controlled temperature, with skin maceration. The addition of wine alcohol at the ideal moment sets the balance between the wine's body and bouquet. Ageing in wooden casks in the cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia, the final blend results from a selection of wines between 25 and 40 years.
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Price: £59.95
Stock: 3 in Stock

30 Year Old Taylors Tawny port

Tawny Port (75cl) - In Taylor's presentation box with 2 Spiegleau glasses as illustrated -Serve slightly chilled with pecan pie, almond and caramel ice-cream!

Only tiny quantities of this aged tawny port are produced each year, making the wines extremely rare and amongst the most revered in the world.
This Tawny ports has been aged in oak casks for an average age of 30 years. During their long maturation they become tawny in colour and concentrated in their aromas. This port has very intense and elegant flavours which combine to give a smooth, fine finish.
This 30-year-old tawny from Taylor's own vineyards shows incredible length a deep, old gold colour with hints of dried fruit and honey offsetting the rich nutty aromas. Lush, silky richness with an elegant, slightly austere quality which is quite distinctive.
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Price: £79.95
Stock: 11 in Stock

Barbaresco, 1988

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Fontanafredda

Barbaresco is one of the great wines of Italy's north-western Piedmont region. This aristocratic red has its vineyards situated in the Langhe, on the right-hand side of the Tanaro river and extending from the area north-east of Alba to the communes of Barbaresco, Nieve and Treiso. The dominant variety grown is Nebbiolo, but Dolcetto and Barbera also play a part. The vines are generally grown on limestone-rich marl soils. similar to the Tortonium soils of the Barolo and La Morra areas in Barolo. Similar to its more famous sibling Barolo, Barbaresco is made from 100% Nebbiolo and shares its cult status as one of the finest wines in the world.
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Price: £139.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Barolo, 1988

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Saverio Fontana - Riserva Burgo

Barolo is known as the 'king of wines' and is made from the Nebbiolo grape. Heady aromas of rose, leather, vanilla, cherry, pepper, cranberry, strawberry. Fruits are perfectly knitted with the tannins and acidity. It's a powerful wine but remarkably subtle. Don't underestimate it and certainly serve it with food to show at it's best. Nebbiolo has naturally high tannins and acidity, so it will take on full-flavoured, rich foods no problem at all.
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Price: £159.00
Stock: 3 in Stock

Baron de Lustrac, 1988

Vintage Armagnac (Comes in original Lustrac Box as illustrated)

Baron de Lustrac is a small traditional éleveur specialising in fine old Armagnac vintages. Their extensive range is sourced from neighbouring estates in the Tenereze and Mas Armagnac regions and they keep an ageing and bottling chais near Magnan, in the Bas Armagnac region.

All Armagnacs are aged in 420ltr oak barrels and sold as single vintages. The grapes used are all harvested from the one particular year, and will only be distilled if the conditions were particularly good. Perfect for big birthdays or as a special drink for the connoisseur as they truly are a fine example of the very best Armagnacs around.
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Price: £97.45
Stock: 4 in Stock

Calem Port

30 Year Old Tawny Port (Includes Calem Box as shown)

Calem 30 Years Old is a result of careful blend of wines aged for 30 years in oak casks. With a tawny-green colour, it presents a bouquet of wood, spices, and nuts. In the mouth it is velvety and intense with a long grand finish.
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Price: £54.46
Stock: 1 in Stock

Chateau Cheval Blanc, 1988

St Emilion 1er Grand Cru Classe

A very healthy dark ruby colour with only a slight lightening at the edge, this wine shows sweet earth notes intermixed with ripe berry fruit, cassis, liquorice, and leather. The wine is spicy and medium bodied, with a moderately tannic finish that is not likely to fully age out.
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Price: £360.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Chateau Cos d'Estournel, 1988

St Estephe, 2nd Growth Classification

A year which was marked by a great lack of water in summer and by harvesting carried out in perfect conditions.
1988 is a vintage typical of the Médoc. Built like a Romanesque cathedral with all that is necessary to seduce in conditions of austerity. A very generous, wild bouquet with hints of red fruits, roast, pear, bilberry, fur, liquorice. Full and concentrated in the mouth, it is stout and very munchy. An imposing finish. A wine which will benefit greatly as it ages.
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Price: £119.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

Chateau Cos Labory, 1988

St Estephe, Fifth Growth Classification (MAGNUM BOTTLE)

Intense, rich, saturated colour; deep and dark nose, blackcurrant, ink, gravel, cinnamon, leather; slender, well-balanced, firm structure, lots of tannin, energetic but also slightly austere, flavours of hedelfingers and crisp cabernet fruit; good length.
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Price: £189.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

Chateau Coutet, 1988

Barsac, Premier Cru Classe

Orange/copper hue, orange marmalade, picks up some delicate caramel, lighter weight, elegant, moderate sweetness great acidity gives it verve, very nice now, lots of life left.

Château Coutet is a Premier Cru Classé (French: First Growth) sweet wine from the Sauternes-Barsac appellation located in Barsac, in the southern part of France’s Bordeaux vineyards. Château Coutet is one of the oldest Sauternes producing vineyards, sometimes cited as a twin of Barsac's other Premier cru estate, Château Climens.
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Price: £69.95
Stock: 1 in Stock

Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste, 1988

Pauillac 5me Cru Classe

This vintage has turned out better than initially expected. Still somewhat austere, the 1988 has reached full maturity. Deep garnet/ruby with a cedary bouquet intermixed with currants, earth, and compost, this medium-bodied wine has noticeable richness and depth, as well as some firm tannins.
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Price: £89.95
Stock: 7 in Stock

Chateau Latour, 1988

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe

91 points - Robert Parker
92 Points - Wine journal

"The best showing yet for a wine from this under-rated vintage, the dark garnet-coloured 1988 Latour reveals slight amber at the edge. A bouquet of melted tar, plums, black currants, cedar, and underbrush is followed by a sweet entry, with medium to full body, excellent ripeness, and mature tannin. It is a classic, elegant Latour with more meaty, vegetable-like flavours than are found in a riper year, such as 1989 and 1990. The 1988 has just begun to enter its plateau of maturity, where it should remain for 25 years. Anticipated maturity: now-2025" Robert Parker, Wine Advocate 2000.
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Price: £435.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

Chateau Lynch-Bages, 1988

Pauillac 5me Cru Classe

*** 92 Parker Points ***

One of the big surprises is how delicious this wine has turned out. It is a beautiful, classic claret. Dark ruby-colored with purple hues, it reveals aromas of dried herbs, smoke, leather, grilled meats, and copious black cherry and currant fruit. Medium-bodied, powerful, rich, and surprisingly evolved, this vintage has now hit its plateau of maturity.
*Robert M. Parker, Jr. Wine Advocate 2000*
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Price: £139.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Chateau Malescasse, 1988

Haut-Medoc

"Discreet but pleasant scents of cassis and gooseberry.On the palate, the dominant fruit gradually gives way to quality tannins that persist in the finish, accompanied by a nice scent of wood." Hachette Guide 2012.
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Price: £42.95
Stock: 2 in Stock

Chateau Pichon-Longueville, Baron, 1988

Pauillac, 2me Cru Classe

***90 Parker Points***

The 1988 Pichon-Longueville promises to be one of the half-dozen superstars of this vintage. Surprisingly large-scaled for a 1988, with an oaky, cassis, and licorice-scented nose, it is deep in color, rich, softly tannic, medium to full-bodied with a medium acidity and a long finish.
*Robert M. Parker, Jr.-The Wine Advocate 1998*
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Price: £129.00
Stock: 4 in Stock

Chateau Sigalas Rabaud, 1988

Sauternes 1er Cru Classe

Typical of the vintage and scoring an excellent 89 points (Robert Parker), the 1988 Sigalas Rabaud is a stylish, finesse-styled Sauternes, with a lovely roasted/sweet honeyed character with melon, tropical fruit, and vanillin scents. More restrained, and not as large, muscular, or sweet as either the 1989 or 1990, the 1988 is an elegant, complex, medium weight wine
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Price: £52.95
Stock: 2 in Stock

Chianti Rufina, 1988

Villa di Vertice

Chianti Rufina is the most famous of the seven subzones that fall under Italy's iconic Chianti DOCG. The area, in the hills to the east of Florence, has a more continental climate and higher altitude that makes a Sangiovese-based wine in possession of good tannins and acidity: closer in style to the prestigious Chianti Classico DOCG than its contemporaries. It is highly regarded for its exceptional character: it is fruity, elegant, well structured and worthy of aging. Like all Chianti, it must comprise at least 70 percent Sangiovese.
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Price: £79.95
Stock: 1 in Stock