Really quite charming, this is one of the better 1988 Pauillac wines for sure. Close to fully developed, with a focus on its crisp, bright, red berry palate, there is plenty of wet earth damp forest, cedar wood and cigar box aromatics to please fans of mature claret. This is more stern than regal, and it is not as you would expect, as good as either of its bookend vintages, 1989 or 1990, but it makes for nice drinking today, as it slowly makes its way to its 30th birthday.
Four weeks ago without taking notes. A bottel of satisfactory provenience kept in a winefridge the last 2 yrs. Good dense colour with maturity. Tertiary notes disappeared with air, licorice and red blue berryfruit dominated later. Tannins were present and fine grained with interesting "sanding (or powdering?)out" in thequite long and homogenous finish. Very good to excellent. This is my second positive encouter with this wine after a demi 9years ago.
Not a hint of maturity. Looks like a 10 year old wine. Classic cedar, ripe fruit and becoming richer at this point in its life. Great mouthfeel , velvety, the structure becoming covered by the fruit. Lovely balance and length. Very very Good.
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