1988 Wine and Port Vintage

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.

44 products found.

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

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: £95.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Bonarda, 1988

Broni

Bondara is a red Italian wine grape variety that is grown in the northwestern region of Piedmont. Prior to the phylloxera epidemic of the 19th century, Bonarda was speculated to have accounted for 30% of the plantings in Piedmont but today is only found in scattered plantings along the left bank of the Tanaro river near Govone.
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Price: £39.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Brunello di Montalcino, 1988

Castelgiocondo Riserva

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

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
Stock: 3 in Stock

Cabernet Sauvignon (USA), 1988

Mondavi

A classic red American wine made from the Cabernet Sauvignon grape. The wine has aged to produce a garnet core with a clear rim. Lots of oak, leather and soft tannins remain.
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Price: £79.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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

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
Stock: 12 in Stock

Chateau Cheval Blanc, 1988

St Emilion 1er Grand Cru Classe

A very healthy dark ruby color with only a slight lightening at the edge, this wine shows sweet earth notes intermixed with ripe berry fruit, cassis, licorice, and leather. The wine is spicy and medium bodied, with a moderately tannic finish that is not likely to fully age out. Last tasted, 12/02.
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Price: £360.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Chateau Cissac, 1988

Haut Medoc

The 1988 Chateau Cissac is deep garnet colour. Cassis, pencil shavings, cloves and a little coffee on the nose. Medium to high acid, good concentration and balance. Medium+ level of grainy tannins. Long finish.
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Price: £44.95
Stock: 11 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: 2 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 Haut Brion, 1988

Pessac Leognan 1er Grand Cru Classe

***92 Parker Points***

A more firmly structured Haut-Brion, built somewhat along the lines of the 1996, this dark garnet-colored wine is showing notes of licorice, underbrush, compost, truffles, dried herbs, creosote, and sweet black cherries and currants. Medium-bodied, rich, but still structured, this wine unfolds incrementally on the palate, showing superb density and a lot of complex Graves elements. It is just beginning to hit its plateau of full maturity.
*Robert M. Parker, Jr., The wine Advocate 2003*
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Price: £385.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

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: £159.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey, 1988

Sauternes 1er Cru Classe

The massively rich, yet fresh, lively 1988 Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey offers a compelling, flowery, honeyed bouquet of vanilla custard, buttery orange/apricot scents, and smoky creme brulee. The wine's zesty acidity brings everything into extraordinary clarity. With plenty of botrytis evident, this is a full-bodied, super-concentrated, fascinating, powerful yet elegant Sauternes that will age beautifully for may years.
**Issue 98, The Wine Advocate,Robert M. Parker, Jr.**
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Price: £59.95
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Chateau Leoville Barton, 1988

St Julien 2eme Cru Classe

This Chateau Leoville Barton eearly style has given way to a classically structured Bordeaux with a very youthful color (younger than the 1989), deep, earthy, cassis fruit intermixed with wood, smoke, mineral, and a hint of roasted herbs. The wine has excellent depth, medium to full body, moderate tannin, and a very youthful, vigorous feel. It is approachable, but seems destined to outlive the more renowned and expensive 1989. Somewhat of a sleeper of the vintage.
**Robert M. Parker, Jr-Bordeaux Book, 4th Edition Jan 2003**
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Price: £95.00
Stock: 11 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: 3 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: 13 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: 9 in Stock

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
Stock: 1 in Stock

Chianti, 1988

DOCG - Fattoria Pievechia

1988 - DOCG - Fattoria Pievechia, Typically displays a bright brick colour with medium body and silky Chianti 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: £39.95
Stock: 1 in Stock

Chianti Classico, 1988

Le Grifiere

The 1988 Chianti Classico Le Grifiere 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.

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.
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Price: £69.00
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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
Stock: 1 in Stock

Chianti Montespertoli, 1988

Tenuta di Trecento

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 one of the sub zones of Chianti, in the town of Montespertoli. This zone has the specific aim of creating wines for long term ageing. The typical characteristics it exhibits are a a bright ruby colour which turns to garnet with time, a fruity nose with black cherry and violets, with a more pronounced character of finesse when the wine undergoes ageing. The palate is balanced, fruity, slightly tannic which is refined over time to a soft and velvet taste.
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Price: £59.95
Stock: 1 in Stock