At 12.5% alcohol, and costing under $30 back then, the 1988 Chateau Baron de Pichon-Longueville scored 17+ points on the Dionysian 20-point scale. After decanting, it opened up for another forty-five minutes. Leather, blackcurrant and cigar smoke filled the nose. It had softened nicely and was a pleasure to drink.

Served with roasted beef white potatoes and carrots, the wines aided the flavors in all the items of the meal.

Never drink Bordeaux before ten years. It’s usually already three years old when you buy it, sometimes four, so it’s not a long wait. Get some every year and after seven years you’ll have Bordeaux mature and ready.

This Second Growth from the 1855 listing, has proved itself even better in newer vintages since 2010. It is one of the Medoc’s very best. Specifically, from Pauillac in the Medoc of Bordeaux. At 43 years old, it has peaked. Enjoy them now. In Vino Veritas.