1988 Clos Fourtet appears wild and rough with loud and intriguing aromatics of leather, forest floor, tobacco, black olives, sweetness and red fruits (plums and black cherries). Due to the lack of flesh and depth, it doesn´t keep up to the high expectations on the palate. Some dark fruit, iron, little iodine and decent length with peppery spiciness. Rough, yet fascinating, wine.
Dark cherry red with black core. No signs of age. Attractive nose with mostly secondary aromas of leather and tobacco, but also hints of fruit (blackberries). On the palate, it's marked by acidity, which may also be due to the rather cold drinking temperature (15 or 16°C), has slightly edgy tannins and is not too seductive, yet a good Bordeaux for the dinner table.
Mature aromas of pipe tobacco mix with slightly floral red fruits on the nose, with a touch of band aid and iodine lending a musty medicinal feel. On the palate, this is resolved and smooth, with acidity verging on balsamic and savory iodine and sour cherry flavors. Still very much alive, and while this is almost certainly over the hill I'd observe that the real issue is this probably wasn't ever a very good wine. A little dull, fruit quality not quite there, just nothing to get excited about here. Still, an interesting experience.
(Upon opening, removed black sludge from inside the cork).
We decanted this wine for about two hours, which was good. It has a dark crimson colour with brownish edges. The nose is very complex and elegant. There's leather, blackberries, plums and herbs. On the palate, it doesn't hold the elegancy. The tannins are a bit harsh and the wood is still present. This wine can be drunk for the next five years or so, but I don't think it'll still improve.
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