The 1988 vintage of Chateau Mouton Rothschild is among the most coveted, and a full magnum of this fine wine is sure to bring a huge smile to the face of any oenophile. However, priced at a hefty $700 per bottle it is also sure to bring a frown to his wallet. It is often hard to apply economic values to esoteric experiences such as wine, but in our analysis this bottle is not worth $700 with several competing vintages in the $500 range which are better values — if such a thing could be said about wines within this price point. This is not to say that the ’88 Chateau Mouton Rothschild isn’t a great wine — it truly is. The aroma of this wine emanates from a combination of minerals, black currants and exotic spices along with hints of the sweet oak derived from the ageing process.
The ’88 is differentiated from other vintages from the years that followed by an increased level of tannin with results in a firmer taste experience. The bouquet of this wine is characterized by black currant with just a brief hint of smoke. The black currant is also seen within this wine’s especially strong finish. If you are rolling in dough and spending is of no consequence — then by all means you should indulge in this fine vintage. However, if you must budget your wine purchases, then unfortunately you will have to look elsewhere for high-end wines which can be procured at a more reasonable price point.