Vinous – 92
Bright, dark red with an amber rim. Aromas of dried red cherry, faded flowers, sandalwood and spices, along with a classic Bordeaux leafy element. Then big, dense and fresh, with building sweetness to the dark fruit, cedar and graphite flavors. This wine features impressively smooth tannins and terrific freshness, not to mention sneaky concentration and building sweetness. The 1988 is a major success for Branaire-Ducru.