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.
 

30 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: 7 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: 66 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
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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: 6 in Stock

1988 Fonseca, 1988

Guimaerens Vintage Port- (In a Double Dark Mocha Silk Lined Gift Box (2x Half Bottles 37.5cl)

The 1988 Fonseca Guimaraens from the very good vintage has a deep red/burgundy colour with a with narrowbrick rim. Rich, jammy fruit bouquet. Aromas of prune and treacle. Some attractive bottle mature notes coming through. Full, intense palate with firm fresh fruit flavours. Attractive rich, rounded wine with good texture. Firm dark chocolate finish.

In the early 1950’s, the rising demand for vintage ports led Fonseca Guimaraens to create a second vintage port under the ‘Guimaraens’ label in ‘non-classic’, or undeclared years. Guimaraens vintage port is produced from the same three Fonseca quintas in the Cima Corgo which provide the backbone of Fonseca’s vintage ports in declared years.
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Price: £109.80
Stock: 7 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
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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
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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: 7 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

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 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: 1 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
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Chateau d'Issan, 1988

Cantenac (Margaux) 3me cru classe

The bouquet is really lovely indeed and churned out as soon as the cork was drawn. Fruit gushing out, but nicely middle-aged. Violets and floral tones. Some jammy notes even. Fresh and compelling. Hugely tannic on the palate, with the fruit beginning to fade leading to a drying medium finish.
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Price: £72.95
Stock: 10 in Stock

Chateau Duhart Milon Rothschild, 1988

New

Pauillac 4th Growth Classification

Robert Parker: "The 1988 Duhart-Milon exhibits a bouquet of ripe fruit, spices, cedar, and herbs. The wine is rich, full-bodied, admirably concentrated and long, with plenty of tannin. Anticipated maturity: 1995-2010." (02/1993) The Wine Spectator: "Aromas of chocolate, berries and mint follow through to a full body, with soft tannins and very pretty fruit. Dense fruit, ripe tannins, long finish. Will improve for a long time but delicious now"
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Price: £139.00
Stock: 12 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: 4 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 LeTertre Roteboeuf, 1988

St Emilion Grand Cru Classe

***92 Points, Robert Parker***

A sleeper vintage for proprietor Mitjavile’s beloved Tertre Roteboeuf, the 1988 has a deep plum/garnet color and a gorgeous nose of earth, underbrush, cherry cough syrup, licorice, and caramel. It is full-bodied, very pure, ripe, with loads of concentration, yet good definition and structure. No, it is not as dense as the 1989 nor as flamboyant and flashy as the 1990, but this is a classic Tertre Roteboeuf that should continue to drink well for a few more years.
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Price: £159.00
Stock: 12 in Stock

Chateau Mouton Rothschild, 1988

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe

*** 89 Points Wine Journal ***

Reviews.
"Slight aging on rim. A rich nose of minerals and blackcurrant. Medium-bodied with classic Mouton style. This has more fleshy fruit than other Firsts: quite rounded blackberry and tar. Very Cabernet dominated with a little more expression that Lafite 1988. A classic claret in every sense." Neil Martin
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Price: £395.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

D'Oliveiras Madeira, 1988

Terrantez Madeira

"Light medium orange amber colour with yellow to clear meniscus and light orange lights; nice, nut oil, melted butter, lightly floral, toasted almond, rich toffee nose; tasty, youthful but poised and complex, toasty, almond, rich lemon, tart orange palate with depth; long finish 93+ pts." Cellar Tracker Review

*Bottled in 2016
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Price: £79.95
Stock: 9 in Stock

D'Oliveiras Madeira, 1988

Verdelho Madeira

Madeira is an extremely rare wine to find being a unique wine produced in the Madeira island. Madeira Island has volcanic soil and sub-tropical climate with unique grape varieties usually uses four different grape varieties: Boal (medium sweet) - Malmsey (sweet) - Sercial (Dry) - Verdelho (medium Dry).

"Light medium orange amber colour with yellow to clear meniscus and light orange lights; nice, nut oil, melted butter, lightly floral, toasted almond, rich toffee nose; tasty, youthful but poised and complex, toasty, almond, rich lemon, tart orange palate with depth; long finish.

*Bottled
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Price: £78.95
Stock: 8 in Stock

Fonseca Port, 1988

Guimaerens Vintage Port (Half Bottle 37.5cl)

The 1988 Fonseca Guimaraens from the very good vintage has a deep red/burgundy colour with a with narrowbrick rim. Rich, jammy fruit bouquet. Aromas of prune and treacle. Some attractive bottle
mature notes coming through. Full, intense palate with firm fresh fruit flavours. Attractive rich, rounded wine with good texture. Firm dark chocolate finish.

In the early 1950’s, the rising demand for vintage ports led Fonseca
Guimaraens to create a second vintage port under the ‘Guimaraens’ label
in ‘non-classic’, or undeclared years. Guimaraens vintage port is
produced from the same three Fonseca quintas in the Cima Corgo which
provide the backbone of Fonseca’s vintage ports in declared years.
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Price: £46.95
Stock: 9 in Stock

Ghemme, 1988

Cantalupo

The Ghemme is produced in the hilly area of the municipalities of Ghemme and Romagnano Sesia, in the province of Novara. The vineyards are situated on a series of hills of alluvial origin moraine that extends from the mouth of the Valsesia Novara plain. These findings formed by deposits carried downstream from the glacier of Mount Rosa.
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Price: £79.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Ghemme, 1988

Barni

The Ghemme is produced in the hilly area of the municipalities of Ghemme and Romagnano Sesia, in the province of Novara. The vineyards are situated on a series of hills of alluvial origin moraine that extends from the mouth of the Valsesia Novara plain. These findings formed by deposits carried downstream from the glacier of Mount Rosa.
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Price: £79.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Messias Port, 1988

Late Bottled Vintage Port

This is an excellent value late bottled vintage port from the good 1988 vintage.

Inky black in colour this port has a deep concentration of blackberry jam and currant liqueur in this classic dessert wine. This style of port is designed to be consumed early and will not improve with further cellaring.


Caves Messias is an historic family owned company that produced high quality port since 1926. Under their care and attention they have become renown for the quality of their colheitas and vintage ports at a competitive price. The grapes coming from their Quinta do Cachao Quinta do Rei Estates.
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Price: £74.95
Stock: 8 in Stock