1996 Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages Tasting the Classics……. Wine of the Year upon it’s release, this classic is at its peak of a winning winning formula. There is so much flavor, from plums to blackberries, leather, truffles, violets, herbs, all blended so harmoniously, it is as much a joy to sniff as it is to drink. I might have thought after 26 years it may not have held up, but to my surprise, it was one of the best wines I have enjoyed this year. If you have one in your cellar, take my advise: drink it a day early rather than holding on to it and drinking it a day late.