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The best showing yet for a wine from this underrated vintage, the dark garnet-coloured 1988 Latour reveals slight amber at the edge. A bouquet of melted tar, plums, black currants, cedar, and underbush is followed by a sweet entry with medium to full body, excellent ripeness, and mature tannin. It is a classic, elegant Latour with more meaty , vegetable -like flavours than are found in a riper year, such as 1990 and 1989. The 1988 has just begun to enter its plateau of maturity, where it should remain for 25 years. Anticipated maturity: now-2025.
|Score: 91||Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003|
|Score: 91||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (129), June 2000|
|Score: 89||Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998|
A deep red colour. Quite closed on the nose, but with some depth, and truffle, oak and cedar notes. On the palate, the wine has very good weight and acid. Very dry but with lovely clean fruit. 16.5-17.5pts. Lindsay Hamilton 16 Nov 01.
|Score: 16.5||Farr Vintners, December 2001|
A good deep colour with some fade but looks youger than it really is. Classic cigar box nose. On the palate it is a bit tight and seems closed. There are some classic Pauillac notes but (like the 1994) it is a bit too lean and maybe lacks the flesh of a really good vintage. A dry wine for lovers of old fashioned claret.
|Score: 16||Stephen Browett, December 2006|
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