1988 Wine and Port Vintage

Vintage 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: This was the first in a trio of great vintages for Bordeaux, 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. These would make a brilliant 31 year old wine gift for a birthday or anniversary celebration.
 

Buy with confidence

All of our wine gifts are available for immediate delivery from our own cellars. Your gift is backed up by our 5-star Trusted shops customer service rating.
  • Free standard UK delivery for orders over £100
  • Free tasting notes and personal message (add at the checkout)
  • Three month replacement guarantee
  • Choice of Gift Boxes

27 products found.

1988 Fonseca

Guimaerens Vintage Port- In a Dark Mocha Silk Lined Gift Box (Half Bottle 37.5cl)
Special Offer | Was £54.80 | Now £49.00

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.
more >>>

Price: $61.41 USD
Stock: 4 in Stock

Buy this item

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.
more >>>

Price: $111.54 USD
Stock: 3 in Stock

Buy this item

Barbaresco, 1988

New

Bruni del Rovere

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.
more >>>

Price: $149.13 USD
Stock: 1 in Stock

Buy this item

Barolo, 1988

Sale

Giordano
Special Offer - Last few | Was £119 | Now £59

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.
more >>>

Price: $73.94 USD
Stock: 1 in Stock

Buy this item

Barolo, 1988

New

Marchesi di Barolo - Le Lune

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.
more >>>

Price: $124.07 USD
Stock: 1 in Stock

Buy this item

Baron de Sigognac, 1988

Armagnac (Comes in Original Sigognac Wooden Box as illustrated)

The company behind this Armagnac owns one of the most important stocks of old vintages in the whole region. They are growers as well as distillers and specialise in sourcing and ageing old casks of Armagnac.

The Armagnac is made from a blend of Baco and Ugni Blanc, the predominant grapes used in the production of Armagnac. The distillation takes place in a column still to an alcohol strength of about 54%. The spirit is then aged in local black oak casks. The alcohol content then reduces naturally to about 40% after about forty years. Presented in a perfectly simple wooden box.

more >>>

Price: $112.73 USD
Stock: 1 in Stock

Buy this item

Chateau Berbec, 1988

Cadillac

A simple rustic style sweet wine with a good richness and fresh acidity. Not for the long term but can be enjoyed over the next few years.
more >>>

Price: $43.80 USD
Stock: 10 in Stock

Buy this item

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.
more >>>

Price: $149.13 USD
Stock: 4 in Stock

Buy this item

Chateau Gruaud Larose, 1988

St Julien 2me Cru Classe

Ruby red and showing good depth in the color. The bouquet is not extremely expressive at first, but shows same dark berries, graphite and toffee. On the palate red and dark berries, earth. vanilla, high acidity, graphite and licorice. Cedar and some iodine as well. Beautifully mature refined and complex bouquet. Drink now or soon. Lovely now. Cellar Tracker Review 2017.
more >>>

Price: $149.13 USD
Stock: 1 in Stock

Buy this item

Chateau La Lagune, 1988

Sale

New

Grand Cru Classe Medoc
Special Offer | Was £89.95 | Now £49.95

From the good 1988 vintage and scoring 85/100 Parker points, "La Lagune's 1988 has a streak of herbaceousness, and tart, aggressive tannins that appear to have the upper hand in the wine's balance. Medium-bodied, spicy, and straightforward, it lacks the flesh and chewy opulence of top vintages of La Lagune, but it should prove to be long-lived. "Drink now - 2023.
more >>>

Price: $62.60 USD
Stock: 10 in Stock

Buy this item

Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 1988

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe,

1988 produced richly coloured Cabernet and Merlot wines, that are tannic and powerfully structured. A great vintage, gorgeously seductive and remains the most complex wine of this Century, the quintessence of Lafite-Rothschild.

This deeply colored wine exhibits the telltale Lafite bouquet of cedar, subtle herbs, dried pit fruits,minerals, and cassis. Extremely concentrated, with brillantly focused flavors and huge tannins, this backward yet impressively endowed Lsfite Rothschild may well turn out to be the wine of the vintage. Anticipated maturity:2000-2035
Score: 94 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (95),
more >>>

Price: $933.64 USD
Stock: 1 in Stock

Buy this item

Chateau Lascombes, 1988

Margaux 2nd Growth Classification

A beautiful example. On opening a beautiful cedar bouquet, but subdued in the mouth; after a couple of hours in the decanter this is really singing, still some red fruit, some meat, and that classic mature Bordeaux feel. Cellar Tracker Review.
more >>>

Price: $100.13 USD
Stock: 6 in Stock

Buy this item

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.
more >>>

Price: $174.20 USD
Stock: 5 in Stock

Buy this item

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*
more >>>

Price: $174.20 USD
Stock: 2 in Stock

Buy this item

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
more >>>

Price: $550.16 USD
Stock: 1 in Stock

Buy this item

Chateau Suduiraut, 1988

Sale

Sauternes
Special Offer | Was £69.95 | Now £39

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.
more >>>

Price: $48.87 USD
Stock: 11 in Stock

Buy this item

Churchill's Port, 1988

Crusted Port


more >>>

Price: $124.07 USD
Stock: 1 in Stock

Buy this item

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
more >>>

Price: $125.26 USD
Stock: 1 in Stock

Buy this item

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
more >>>

Price: $124.00 USD
Stock: 1 in Stock

Buy this item

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.
more >>>

Price: $56.33 USD
Stock: 7 in Stock

Buy this item

Madeira, 1988

Barbeito Vinhos - Sercial - Frasqueira

Winemaking:
Grapes from various quality vineyards from Seixal. This Sercial 1988 is originated in grapes produced in the Seixal vineyards. It is the first wine of a series of bottling that pay tribute to Mr. Manuel Euge´nio as a way of enduring the long-term relationship between our families. In August 2017, 650 bottles have been filled, all individually numbered.

Grape Varieties:
Sercial

Tasting Notes:
Gold color with greenish highlights. Fresh and mineral bouquet, resin, smoked wood, hint of leather, lemon zest, and dried figs. Salty touch on a fine and elegant palate, balanced, with a fresh and pure acidity.
more >>>

Price: $199.26 USD
Stock: 9 in Stock

Buy this item

Nebbiolo D'Alba, 1988

Terre del Barolo - MAGNUM 1,5 litre -

The Nebbiolo d'Alba has a lovely earthy bouquet. The nose has cherries, dark cherries, tar and slight dried rose notes. Complex and layered. Nice acidity. Medium tannins still present. Cherries on the palate too. Nice finish. Great food wine. Nebbiolo is a fickle grape famed as much for its pale appearance as for its tannic character and produces some of the most perfumed and richly flavored wines. Though generally only medium-bodied, the wines possess rose and anise scented aromatics and deep flavors of cherry, orange peel and subtle green herb tones.
more >>>

Price: $124.07 USD
Stock: 1 in Stock

Buy this item

Per e Palummo, 1988

Sale

Casa d'Ambra - Contrasegno
Special Offer | Was £49 | Now £24

Red in colour, this wine reveals fine aromas of red berries fruit, wild strawberry, raspberry, peony and geranium with distinct undertones of sweet spices such as cinnamon and cloves on the nose. Intense, rich and incredibly harmonious, it has a lovely structure, lively tannins and a dry yet clean finish.
more >>>

Price: $30.08 USD
Stock: 4 in Stock

Buy this item

Quinta de Roriz Vintage Port, 1988

Late Bottled Vintage Port

Late Bottled Vintage (also known as LBV) is a style of port produced from a single vintage. LBV differs from vintage port in that it is usually produced every year, and not just in those years declared to be of outstanding quality. It is said that the style was born of a mistake, when a vintage port was kept in barrel for too long and was no longer suitable for release in that category. No one can agree who was responsible for this, and several port estates lay claim to the honour.
more >>>

Price: $87.66 USD
Stock: 1 in Stock

Buy this item

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.
more >>>

Price: $122.12 USD
Stock: Out of Stock

Buy this item