1988 Pape Clément, Pessac-Léognan
Aromas of iodine, pipe tobacco and red fruits follow through to a full body, with soft and silky tannins and intense flavors of tar, berry, and licorice. Beautiful texture too. Long and seductive. Really excellent. —'88/'98 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2008). (JS, Web-2009)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A gorgeous wine and one of the vintage’s most successful efforts, Pape Clement's dark plum/purple-colored 1988 has a nose of roasted herbs, sweet tobacco smoke, red as well as black currants, and scorched earth. The wine still has a deep ruby color, with only a hint of lightening at the rim. The wine is medium to full-bodied, with sweet but high tannin and a lot of smoke, earth, and asphalt notes. This is a chewy, very complex, aromatic, and authoritatively flavorful wine that has reached its plateau of maturity. (RP)
90 points, Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "The 1988 Pape-Clement has a striking, youthful, minty nose without the complexity of either the 1989 or 1990, without the same level of aromatic delineation. The palate is full-bodied with rather burly tannins, good density and structure here, quite dry and masculine but with sufficient fruit concentration to keep it in balance, with notes of black olive, pain grille, a touch of mushroom, smoke and cigar box. Good length and vivacity. It will not improve any further, but one has to admire the solidity and unashamed conservatism of this wine. Drink now-2017+ Tasted July 2010."