1988 Château Margaux

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • Margaux
Drink between 2004 - 2019 (Edit)
CT92.4 174 reviews
Label borrowed from 1989
Label borrowed from 1987
Label borrowed from 1989
Label borrowed from 1989
Label borrowed from 1989
Label borrowed from 1989

Community Tasting Notes 145

  • lee.reiswig Likes this wine: 92 points

    July 31, 2022 - Still showing strong. Decanted 3hrs. Complex, fruity, enjoyable.

  • sdr Likes this wine: 92 points

    June 21, 2022 - Château Margaux Mini-Vertical (Eddy V’s, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida): Gary’s bottle. I was pleasantly surprised by the showing of this unheralded vintage of Margaux. Very deep color, even darker than the ‘00. The bouquet is quite distinctive, featuring a lot more charcoal and tar than usual layered above the dense black current fruit. As it sat in the glass, it unfolded and relaxed so the firm tannins became more approachable. There’s a lot of life here and it seemed the most youthful of the examples from the eighties on this night. Not a crowd favorite but to me the most intriguing wine of the night.

  • steinersing wrote: 92 points

    May 8, 2022 - From double mag better than my last impression. But would drink up.

  • punter wrote: 91 points

    February 15, 2022 - Feint nose on pour of a 2 hour decant. Slightly faded color w/o bricking. Light bite on back-end gave way to soft, resolved tannins an hour later. Medium-lite dark fruit w/o much depth and balanced acidity make this better than pleasurable. Cannot imagine this picking-up weight and should remain in this window for 6 to 10 years.

  • dbg wrote:

    February 14, 2022 - Cellared since release, perfect cork and fill. Dark red core, lightening but no browning at rim. Opens within 30-60 minutes, nose of cassis and iron dominates muted Margaux-berries. Medium body, good balance, old school and a bit stern but not over the hill. Very good-excellent.

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    1/27/2019 (link)

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    A Century of Bordeaux: The Eights (May 2018), 5/18/2018 (link)

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  • By John Kapon
    Beijing, 5/23/2008

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    November 2006 (link)

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Wine Library TV

  • By Gary Vaynerchuk
    A Vintage Bordeaux Tasting, 3 Heavyweights from 1988, Episode #504, 7/18/2008 (link) 93 points

    (Chateau Margaux) #1; COLOR-dark; NOSE-good elegant fruit; sour cherry; very clean; little spearmint action; some dark cherry; some mulberry action; TASTE-great polish; I like this effort; some very young strawberries; a little tree bark; I like the elegance; nice Asian spice (paprika & rosemary); these little strawberries are taking it home for me; good long finish; good brightness of fruit; a very complex & thoughtful wine w/ dark, dark fruits; I really like the length; jammy, but not over the top; great polish and class; extremely well made; a great wine; can be cellared for another 5-10 years; a tremendous effort; RP-88; WS-95; GV-93

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  • By Lyle Fass
    10/10/2007 (link)

    (Chateau Margaux) It had that 1988 quality of high tannin, high acid and somwhat lower toned fruit. It was good and I wish I could have had it on its own as I do not have that much experience with Chateau Margaux but that is the way the cookie crumbles.

  • By Richard Jennings
    1/16/2004 (link)

    (Château Margaux) Corked

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1988
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Margaux
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Médoc
  • Appellation Margaux
  • UPC Codes 011986100000, 041333214016, 071570017521, 3251090046653, 607921015368

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 30 (1%)
  • In Cellars 2,261 (71%)
  • Consumed 904 (28%)

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