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Major World Political Leaders 1988

Australia Prime Minister Bob Hawke Brazil President José Sarney Canada Prime Minister Brian Mulroney
China Chairman of the People's Republic of China Yang Shangkun
France President François Mitterrand
Germany Chancellor Helmut Kohl
India Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi
Italy Prime Minister Giovanni Goria Till 13 April
Italy Prime Minister Ciriaco de Mita From 13 April
Japan Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita Mexico President Miguel de la Madrid Till 30 November
Mexico President Carlos Salinas de Gortari From 30 November
Russia / Soviet Union
General Secretary of the CPSU Mikhail Gorbachev South Africa State President Pieter Willem Botha United States PresidentRonald Reagan United Kingdom Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

 

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Vintage Report

Bordeaux:  The first in a trio of great vintages and one that has been rather overshadowed by the 89s and 90s.Definitely the most "classic" of the trio, with many of the wines not being overtly fruit-driven but having levels of extract and concentration that that make them perfect candidates for extended cellaring.

The first half of the year was unusually cold and wet and the vintage was saved by a long, dry, warm summer. Harvesting began in mid September and some of the Cabernets were not picked until the 3rd week of October. Most of the wines are now approaching their plateau of maturity with the pick of the bunch being the Cabernet-dominated Médocs and GravesPauillac was particularly successful -Pichon Lalande deserves special mention, as it produced one of the wines of the vintage.

 

by Château Margaux:

Weather
After a very mild winter and a wet spring, June and the beginning of July were particularly rainy. Then, from mid-July onwards, until the end of September, hot and very dry weather set in. Despite a few light rain showers at the beginning of the harvest, the picking was carried out in excellent conditions. (The picking began 3rd October)

Wine:

The very deep colour, the rich, intense nose and the magnificent structure on the palate are very reminiscent of the 1986. They have the same powerful, ripe tannins, with perhaps a little less concentration, but also less austerity. Unlike 1986, in fact, 1988 is starting to open out; we can therefore drink it, knowing full well that it will continue to improve for several years -seven or eight at least. (September 2010)

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CHAMPAGNE: From this year, the most classic and refined champagnes were produced. Champagnes are long-lived and mature slowly to their peak.

Winter and spring were fairly mild. Inflorescences began in good weather in June. Already during the next month, the cloud masses swarmed to the Champagne province. Finally, the sky broke right before harvest. The harvest remained smaller than in the previous year. Even though the weather was unstable, the vintage produced fine and elegant wines, of which many have just reached their peak. The wines are marked by high acids and a concentrated, precise style. A real classic vintage. There is no rush to enjoy these wines, as they endure storage well and will continue to develop well for the next 10–12 years. Indicative of a slowly maturing vintage is that Krug released to the market first the Clos du Mesnil 1989 vintage before the 1988 vintage. This year has also stayed in mind as the vintage when Jacquesson & Fils produced the first of its three late bottled special cuvées – the Jacquesson DT (Dégorgement Tardif).

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Burgundy Report: Arguably the  of the decade producing consistently high quality wines the breadth of the Côte de Nuits. 1988 is a more complete version of 1985. This time the wealth of sumptuous fruit was matched by a firmness of structure gave us first class wines.

Prices rose at the Hospices sale by 35%, albeit after two quiet years, and growers also increased their prices though not by as much. Tasted later in 2000, the wines seemed still very much on the young side. Those at village level were singing, the premier and grands crus still tight.


Red Burgundy 1988 - The Weather
For once Burgundy escaped the pitfalls of frost, hail and rot. Spring 1988 was warm and gentle without a disastrous cold snap, leading to good flowering conditions in June, followed by hot, dry weather throughout most of July and August.

September was mostly fine and dry; some growers began harvesting in the 3rd week of the month but those who waited until the end of September were amply rewarded and produced the best wines.

In youth the wines were deeply coloured and well structured with very prominent tannins. Over the years they have become more integrated and harmonious, with the best wines now combining a very good balance of ripe fruit, crisp acidity and svelte tannins. They are drinking well now, although many of the top wines still have not reached their peak.

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Italy Vintage Report by Tb: 1988 was an outstanding year in every respect, even if its crop yield was small. Piedmont struggled with chilly and rainy weather in the spring and early summer. However, beginning in July the weather became hot and dry, allowing the grapes to achieve their optimal ripeness, which was largely ruined by the rains that came at harvest time. As a result, the crop was small, but very high in quality. Tuscany was spared from the harvest rains, and a hot, dry summer made for an outstanding crop, even if it was the smallest in 25 years. Wines from this vintage can still mature favourably in the bottle for another ten years, but Sangiovese-dominated wines are in their prime right now.

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The best wines of the 1988 vintage

Name Tb Producer Location
1 Grand Cru Brut Blanc de Blancs 99.0 Franck Bonville Champagne, France
2 Dom Pérignon P3 97.2 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
3 Musigny 97.0 Domaine Georges Roumier Burgundy, France
4 Dom Ruinart Vinothèque 96.7 Ruinart Champagne, France
5 Cuvée William Deutz Rosé 96.5 Deutz Champagne, France
6 Cristal Rosé 96.2 Louis Roederer Champagne, France
7 Côte-Rôtie La Mouline 96.1 E.Guigal Rhône, France
8 Marcobrunn Riesling Eiswein 96.0 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
9 Krug Clos du Mesnil 96.0 Krug Champagne, France
10 Vintage Blanc de Blancs 96.0 Louis Roederer Champagne, France
11 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée des Cadettes 96.0 Chateau La Nerthe Rhône, France
12 Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill Vinothèque 96.0 Pol Roger Champagne, France
13 La Turque 95.8 E.Guigal Rhône, France
14 Montrachet 95.5 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
15 Musigny V.V. 95.5 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Burgundy, France
16 Dom Ruinart Rosé Vinothèque 95.5 Ruinart Champagne, France
17 d'Yquem 95.5 Château d'Yquem Bordeaux, France
18 Dom Ruinart Rosé 95.5 Ruinart Champagne, France
19 Barolo Sperss 95.5 Angelo Gaja Barbaresco, Italy
20 Campolongo di Torbe Amarone della Valpolicella 95.3 Masi Vapolicella, Italy
21 Romanée Conti 95.3 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
22 Sir Winston Churchill 95.2 Pol Roger Champagne, France
23 Château Gilette 95.0 Château Gilette Bordeaux, France
24 Cuvee des Enchanteleurs 95.0 Henriot Champagne, France
25 Lafleur 95.0 Château Lafleur Bordeaux, France
26 Grand Siècle 95.0 Laurent-Perrier Champagne, France
27 Reserve des Célestin CNP 95.0 Henri Bonneau Châteauneuf du Pape, France
28 Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 95.0 Domaine Georges Roumier Burgundy, France
29 Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses 95.0 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Burgundy, France
30 Les Mesnil 95.0 Bruno Paillard Champagne, France
31 Vinothèque Blanc de Blancs 95.0 Deutz Champagne, France
32 Cuvée Nicolas-François Billecart 95.0 Billecart-Salmon Champagne, France
33 Belle Epoque Rosé 94.9 Perrier-Jouët Champagne, France
34 Cristal 94.9 Louis Roederer Champagne, France
35 Dom Pérignon 94.9 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
36 Krug Vintage 94.8 Krug Champagne, France
37 Salon 94.7 Salon Champagne, France
38 Clos du Mesnil Vinothèque 94.5 Krug Champagne, France
39 Château Climens 94.5 Château Climens Bordeaux, France
40 Sigalas-Rabaud 94.5 Château Sigalas-Rabaud Bordeaux, France
41 R.D. Bollinger 94.5 Bollinger Champagne, France
42 Dom Pérignon Rosé 94.4 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
43 La Grande Dame 94.3 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne, France
44 Belle Epoque 94.3 Perrier-Jouët Champagne, France
45 Maya 94.1 Dalla Valle Napa Valley, United States
46 Prestige 94.0 Comtes de Dampierre Champagne, France
47 Chablis Premier Cru Montée de Tonnerre 94.0 Domaine Raveneau Burgundy, France
48 La Grande Dame Rose 94.0 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne, France
49 Echezeaux 94.0 Henri Jayer Burgundy, France
50 Bienvenue-Batard-Montrachet 94.0 Domaine Leflaive Burgundy, France
51 Hermitage La Chapelle Blanc 94.0 Paul Jaboulet & Âiné Rhône, France
52 Trotanoy 94.0 Château Trotanoy Pomerol, France
53 Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 94.0 Mount Eden Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains, United States
54 Barolo Gran Bussia Riserva 94.0 Poderi Aldo Conterno Piedmont, Italy
55 "Y" 94.0 Château d'Yquem Bordeaux, France
56 Mas La Plana Cabernet Sauvignon 94.0 Torres Penedès, Spain
57 Krug Collection 94.0 Krug Champagne, France
58 Vosne-Romanée Cros Parantoux 94.0 Henri Jayer Burgundy, France
59 Château Raymond-Lafon 94.0 Château Raymond-Lafon Bordeaux, France
60 Insignia 94.0 Joseph Phelps Napa Valley, United States
61 Bonnes Mares VV 94.0 Domaine Christophe Roumier Burgundy, France
62 Château Coutet 94.0 Château Coutet Sauternes, France
63 Rare Vintage Rosé 94.0 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne, France
64 Westhofener Morstein 94.0 Weingut Wittmann Rheinhessen, Germany
65 Chambertin Clos de Bèze 93.7 Domaine Armand Rousseau Burgundy, France
66 Rare 93.6 Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, France
67 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey 93.5 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey Bordeaux, France
68 Vosne Romanée 93.5 Henri Jayer Burgundy, France
69 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron 93.5 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron Bordeaux, France
70 Côte-Rôtie La Landonne 93.5 E.Guigal Rhône, France
71 Ornellaia 93.5 Ornellaia Tuscany, Italy
72 Blanc de Blancs 93.5 Pol Roger Champagne, France
73 Barolo Rocche 93.5 Vietti Piedmont, Italy
74 Brunello di Montalcino 93.5 Soldera Montalcino, Italy
75 La Tâche 93.3 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
76 Clos-de-la-Roche 93.2 Domaine Dujac Burgundy, France
77 Clos des Goisses 93.1 Philipponnat Champagne, France
78 Le Pin 93.0 Le Pin Bordeaux, France
79 Musigny 93.0 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Burgundy, France
80 Cote-Rotie 93.0 Jamet Rhône, France
81 Amarone Capitel Monte Olmi 93.0 Tedeschi Veneto, Italy
82 Vintage Rosé 93.0 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne, France
83 Richebourg 93.0 Domaine Jean Grivot Burgundy, France
84 Cuvée Alexandra Rosé Grand Siecle 93.0 Laurent-Perrier Champagne, France
85 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 93.0 Tollot-Voarick Burgundy, France
86 Tertre Roteboeuf 93.0 Château Tertre Roteboeuf Bordeaux, France
87 Clos des Lambrays 93.0 Domaine des Lambrays Burgundy, France
88 Vosne-Romanée Les Beaux Monts 93.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
89 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Pignan 93.0 Château Rayas Rhône, France
90 Château Cos d'Estournel 93.0 Château Cos d'Estournel Bordeaux, France
91 Barolo Monfortino Riserva 93.0 Giacomo Conterno Piedmont, Italy
92 Sori Tildin 93.0 Angelo Gaja Barbaresco, Italy
93 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 93.0 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac Leognan, France
94 Rare 93.0 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne, France
95 Charmes-Chambertin 93.0 Domaine Armand Rousseau Burgundy, France
96 Dominus 93.0 Dominus Estate Napa Valley, United States
97 Nuits Saint Georges Les Boudots 93.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
98 Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 93.0 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou Bordeaux, France
99 Chambertin Clos de Bèze 93.0 Domaine Joseph Faiveley Burgundy, France
100 Vigneto San Lorenzo, Chianti Classico 93.0 Castello di Ama Tuscany, Italy

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