Like several other 1988s, this wine's rather hard, unyielding, early style has given way to a classically structured Bordeaux with a very youthful color (younger than the 1989), deep, earthy, cassis fruit intermixed with wood, smoke, mineral, and a hint of roasted herbs. The wine has excellent depth, medium to full body, moderate tannin, and a very youthful, vigorous feel. It is approachable, but seems destined to outlive the more renowned and expensive 1989. Somewhat of a sleeper of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2018. Last tasted, 9/01.
Underrated wine. Deep colour. Deep intense meaty nose. Slightly austere. A developing minerally palate. Quite rich and elegant with classic tobacco notes. Intense cranberry finish. A classic Bordeaux in every sense.
A fully mature wine from the most popular wine producer in Bordeaux, Anthony Barton. Mid crimson and very juicy and not too hard, Fairly grippy but fine and with Médoc minerals on the finish. Drink 2010-2025
Something to drink now if you fancy something with a bit of age. A herbal, peppery nose and light fruit. There are many better and many not as good.