Chateau Margaux 1988, France
PRESS: Wine Spectator - 95 points. "This has both sinew and flesh, with taut dried red currant, blackberry and plum skin notes that are forced to expand outward as the core of black tea, charcoal, plum paste and dark humus fills in quickly behind them. The charcoal-tinged grip carries the finish, with more bass than treble at first, but there's perfume here as well. Seriously long and the most overlooked of the truly great vintages here."
Producer: Chateau Margaux
Country Hierarchy: Medoc, Bordeaux, France
Grape/Blend: Bordeaux Blend Red (75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot)
Food Suggestion: Beef, Lamb, Poultry and Venison
Wine Style: Red - Full Bodied
Winemaker Notes: The deep color, the rich and intense nose, as well as the splendid structure are close to those of 1986. The tannins are equally ripe and powerful, perhaps slightly less concentrated but also less austere.