Information & scores : 1988 Bordeaux

  • Red 17/20
  • Sweet 19/20
  • Still white 17/20

Vintage description 1988 Bordeaux

This vintage is often overshadowed by the next one. Médoc had a magnificent summer. Some of the estates, concerned about rot and late rain, harvested the Cabernet Sauvignon too early. The domains that avoided this mistake, had some very good wines, particularly in the Margaux appellation. Colourful, strong and excessively tannic, the great wines of northern Médoc distinguish themselves with their incredible cellaring capacity. Harvested at optimal maturity, the Pomerols and Saint Emilions are lovely and rich. Graves is probably the appellation with the best wines. The dry white wines are rich and perfectly-balanced. This is a great vintage for sweet wines, one of the best in the century. The Sauternes, marvellously rich and concentrated, have an incomparable aromatic strength.

Best in 1988 France, Bordeaux, Red

Château Calon Ségur - Château Haut Brion - Château Latour - Château La Mission Haut-Brion - Château Lafite Rothschild - Château Lynch Bages - Château Gruaud Larose - Château Margaux - Pichon Longueville Baron - Château Troplong Mondot - Vieux Château Certan - Château Clinet - Château Angélus - Château Léoville Las Cases - Château Clerc Milon - Château Ausone - Château Pavie - Château Léoville Barton - Château Haut-Bailly - Château Talbot - Château Mouton Rothschild - Petrus - Domaine de Chevalier - Château Haut Marbuzet -

Best in 1988 France, Bordeaux, Sweet

Château Sigalas Rabaud - Château Rabaud Promis - Château Rieussec - Château la Tour Blanche - Château Lafaurie Peyraguey - Château Guiraud - Château de Rayne Vigneau - Château Suduiraut - Château Climens - Château Coutet - Château d' Yquem -

Best in 1988 France, Bordeaux, Still white

Château Haut Brion - Château Laville Haut-Brion - Château la Louvière - Château de Fieuzal - Domaine de Chevalier - Château Latour-Martillac -