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1988 Vintage Report

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.
 
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.

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Amarone della Valpolicella, 1988

Bertolo

This unique red wine from the Valpolicella area is made by grapes dried up to three months before being pressed. The technique of fermenting these semi-dried grapes makes a very strong wine, velvety in texture, filled with burnt plum flavors, and slightly higher in alcohol. Bertani Amarone is great with a rich meal of strong meats and aged cheeses.
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Price: £119.00
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Barbaresco, 1988

Tenuta Carretta

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: £99.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Bardolino, 1988

Masi La Vegrona

This wine made with the corvina grape has a porty, rich sweet late red fruits on the nose. Sharp bright acidity on the palate, juicy with faded stewed fruits and savoury fruit skins. Drink now.
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Price: £34.95
Stock: 4 in Stock

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Baron de Lustrac, 1988

Vintage Armagnac

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: £95.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

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Brunello di Montalcino, 1988

Castelgiocondo

Brunello de Montalcino is one of Italys most famous and most expensive red wines. It is produced in the vineyards surrounding the town of Montalcino located about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Florence in the Tuscany wine region. Brunello, roughly translated as "nice dark one" is the unofficial name of the clone of Sangiovese used in production.
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Price: £109.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Cabernet, 1988

Le Pietraie Banfi (Toscana)

The Banfi from the 1988 vintage is made from the Cabernet Sauvignon grape. The wine has aged to produce a garnet core with a clear rim. Lots of oak, leather and tannins remain.
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Price: £34.95
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Cabernet, 1988

Bosco Romagno

The Bosco Romagno from the 1988 vintage is made from the Cabernet Franc grape. The wine has aged to produce a garnet core with a clear rim. Lots of oak, leather and tannins remain.
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Price: £59.00
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Chateau Camensac, 1988

Haut-Medoc 5me cru classe

*** 87 Points ***

Red bricking. Nose of stewed berries, some pencil lead, cigar box, leather. Palate of stewed blackberry, cassis, cedar, earth, stones. Still with some tannins to give it some structure. Very enjoyable.

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Price: £59.95
Stock: 6 in Stock

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Chateau Cantemerle, 1988

Haut Medoc 5me Cru Classe

The 1988 Cantemerle possesses good, dry tannins, but unlike many Medocs, there is very good fruit. The classy bouquet of black fruits, minerals, and spices is hard to resist. Medium-bodied and elegant, with plummy, mineral, and herb flavors, this stylish wine is now at its best. Parker Rating 86 (Excellent)
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Price: £49.95
Stock: 3 in Stock

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Chateau Chambert Marbuzet, 1988

St Estephe

Despite its age the 1988 Chambert Marbuzet retains a dark hue on the rim, black and red fruits, tons of mineral, and some nice mushroom notes. This is remarkably well balance and an amazingly well-preserved claret for its level.
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Price: £49.95
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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: £139.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

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Chateau Filhot, 1988

Sauternes 2eme Cru Classe

The 1988 Chateau Filhot, showed far better than in previous tastings. It displayed a wonderfully pure, honeyed pineapple-scented nose, rich, medium to full-bodied flavors, fine underlying acidity, an earthiness that added to the wine's complexity, and a clean, rich, crisp finish.
*Bordeaux Book, 3rd Edition, The Wine Advocate,Robert M. Parker, Jr.*
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Price: £36.95
Stock: 2 in Stock

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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

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Chateau La Tour De Mons, 1988

Cru Bourgeois Superieur, Margaux (MAGNUM bottle)

From the very good 1988 vintage the Chateau La Tour De Mons displays a red colour with light rim. Still some fruit left with classic Bordeaux character showing leather dark fruit and plum, tobacco hints and earth.
The tannins have rounded by now with a touch of sour cherry on a medium finish.
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Price: £109.00
Stock: 3 in Stock

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Chateau Pitray, 1988

Cotes de Castillon.

An excellent red Bordeaux wine that represents outstanding value and is highly rated by wine experts. The wine shows ripe fruit with cherry and raspberry flavours and silky tannins. It has a lovely smooth finish.
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Price: £34.95
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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
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Chateau Suduiraut, 1988

Sauternes

Golden amber colour. Aromatics and flavours of mango, nectarine, pineapple, apricot, marmalade, lavender, lanolin, lemon curd, cedar and liquorice. Good balance of weight and acidity. It has a good depth and nice complexity.
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Price: £42.95
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Chateau Trotte Vielle, 1988

St Emilion Premiere Grand cru Classe

The 1988 Trotte Vieille is a very good, but tannic style of wine that has now shed its toughness. There is plenty of ripe, extracted fruit, the colour is dark ruby, and there is a feeling of weight and good length.
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Price: £59.95
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Chianti, 1988

Villa Torrigiani

Chianti, situated in Tuscany in central Italy, is home to probably the best-known and most iconic of all Italian wines. This Chianti is a Sangiovese-based wine from the less prestigious vineyards of the area. These wines can be forward and fruity while still exhibiting Chianti's characteristic rustic charm.
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Price: £49.95
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Chianti, 1988

Torre a Decima

The 1988 Chianti Torre a Decima has a bright brick colour with medium body and silky tannins. A smooth, well rounded wine offering sour cherry and raspberry notes with a medium finish.These wines can be forward and fruity while still exhibiting Chianti's characteristic rustic charm.

Chianti, situated in Tuscany in central Italy, is home to probably the best-known and most iconic of all Italian wines. This Chianti is a Sangiovese-based wine from the less prestigious vineyards of the area.

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Price: £49.95
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Chianti, 1988

Ruffino - Torgaio

Chianti, situated in Tuscany in central Italy, is home to probably the best-known and most iconic of all Italian wines. This Chianti is a Sangiovese-based wine from the less prestigious vineyards of the area. These wines can be forward and fruity while still exhibiting Chianti's characteristic rustic charm.
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Chianti, 1988

Castello di Trebbio

Chianti, situated in Tuscany in central Italy, is home to probably the best-known and most iconic of all Italian wines. This Chianti is a Sangiovese-based wine from the less prestigious vineyards of the area. These wines can be forward and fruity while still exhibiting Chianti's characteristic rustic charm.
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Chianti, 1988

DOCG - Fattoria Pievechia

Tuscan wine (Italian Toscana) is Italian wine from the Tuscany region. Located in central Italy along the Tyrrhenian coast, Tuscany is home to some of the world's most notable wine regions. Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are primarily made with Sangiovese grape whereas the Vernaccia grape is the basis of the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano.

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Price: £39.95
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Chianti Classico, 1988

Podere S. Crespi

Chianti, situated in Tuscany in central Italy, is home to probably the best-known and most iconic of all Italian wines. The area’s most highly regarded wines come from the Chianti Classico zone which is the heartland of the Chianti wine region – its traditional and longest-established vinicultural area. This fame is due not just to the high quality of the wines, but also to the classico zone's iconic Tuscan landscape and wine making traditions. Chianti is characterised by its red and black cherry character, intermingled with notes of wild herbs, mint and spice, supported by a racy acidity and mellow tannins.
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Price: £69.00
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Chianti Classico, 1988

Bossi

Chianti, situated in Tuscany in central Italy, is home to probably the best-known and most iconic of all Italian wines. The area’s most highly regarded wines come from the Chianti Classico zone which is the heartland of the Chianti wine region – its traditional and longest-established vinicultural area. This fame is due not just to the high quality of the wines, but also to the classico zone's iconic Tuscan landscape and wine making traditions. Chianti is characterised by its red and black cherry character, intermingled with notes of wild herbs, mint and spice, supported by a racy acidity and mellow tannins.
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Price: £69.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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