90-94 / 100
90-94 / 100
The Château Mouton Rothschild 1988 label was created by the American painter and sculptor Keith Haring. Like other artists before him, he chose to stage one of the symbols of the Château: the rams. On a mauve colored background, we can see dancing rams.
Château Mouton Rothschild 1988 reveals toasted notes, caramel, blond tobacco, liquorice, as well as aromas of vanilla and flowers such as lily. This Premier Cru Classé is made from 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.
CHÂTEAU COUTET Cuvée Madame 1988
The 1988 Mouton has an attractive aroma of exotic spices, minerals, coffee, black currants, and sweet oak. Much like the 1989, the bouquet is staggering, but the flavors are distinctly less profound. In the mouth, it is a much firmer, tougher, more obviously tannic wine than the 1989, with medium body and outstanding ripeness. A beautifully made 1988 that will last 20-25 years, its short finish keeps it from being sublime. The 1988 is somewhat reminiscent of the 1985, but with more tannin. Anticipated maturity: Now-2020.
Though I don't consider this a perfect wine, it has always been classic in quality. It's rich and fruity, with loads of currant, tobacco, smoke and new wood on the nose and palate. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and an elegant finish.