Classic Pauillac. Black currants, graphite, black tea, solid structure, some tannin present, medium finish. As with many '88's, this was a bit lean, but very enjoyable. I don't think it's fully mature yet and may still improve.
Cellared since release. Perfect cork and fill to within 1/2" of cork. Decanted off sediment and enjoyed over 2 1/2 hours. Dark red core, lighter at rim. Immediately forward complex nose of mature black fruits, cassis, cedar and leather. Medium body, nice balance, tannins present but well integrated, mature fruits carry forward to palate with some mineral undertones and sweet complexity. Medium to long mellow impish maintaining balance and complexity throughout. In no danger of going over the hill. Outstanding.
Excellent provenance. High shoulder fill. Completely saturated cork. Next to a 1989 La Dominique, the color on this '88 was far darker. Blind, I guessed a much younger wine. No detailed notes, but it was fantastic. This is why we let Bordeaux age!
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