Many of the 1988 Bordeaux Crus Classes producers were too afraid to wait to harvest their 1988 vintage (the rains of the 1987 vintage were still in all minds) , which sometimes led to a lack of maturity for Cabernet Sauvignon wines. The 1988 Bordeaux reds are structured, firm and powerful, with significant aging potential. They can sometimes lack of fruitiness and appear austere. The Graves sector has mastered its 1988 Pessac Leognan wines very well, and wines like 1988 Haut Bailly, 1988 Haut Brion, 1988 Mission Haut Brion or 1988 Pape Clement are above the rest. More heterogeneous for the 1988 Pomerol and 1988 Saint Emilion, with however some great successes like 1988 Angelus, 1988 Tertre Roteboeuf or 1988 Clinet. The 1988 white wines of Bordeaux are good. Exceptional vintage for the 1988 Sauternes, where many Crus Classes reach the top, thanks to a significant acidity which will carry their natural richness for many more years. In 1988 Burgundy, Burgundian red wines are concentrated and tannic, with lots of dry extracts, but the fruit may turn out to be hidden, making some wines quite austere as well. The Burgundy whites are more pleasant, but should be drunk now. Very good vintage 1988 Champagne wines (superb pinot noir and pinot meunier). In the 1988 Rhone wines, the 1988 Cote Rotie, 1988 Hermitage and 1988 Saint Joseph are particularly successful. This vintage will be remembered as an exceptional vintage in Rhone white wine from Hermitage. 1988 Alsace wines: seek for the Late Harvest and especially the Selections de Grains Nobles dessert wines, because after a wet autumn, November was the sunniest month in a century and a half!
Tips for buying a wine from the 1988 vintage: focus primarily on red or white 1988 Pessac Leognan (very successful). The wines of Sauternes are magnificent and to be privileged, for instance for an anniversary wine (they will keep another 10 years). In red Burgundy 1988, the tannins can sometimes surprise if the wines are still intensely coloured. Superb 1988 Champagne Krug (vinous as desired). In the Rhone Valley, look for a red Cote Rotie wine or a white Hermitage. Nice Selections of Noble Grains in Alsace.
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