"Oh 1996 - the year I left secondary school, the year Damon Hill won the F1 world Championship (I was a fan) and the year that I tried booze for the first time. Doesn't mean a thing with regards to this wine, but I thought I'd let you see a little into my life. As for the wine? Well it is a cracking year, from a cracking producer, so the wine should be cracking! We got it straight from the Chateau so no hanging around in overheated kitchens for this big bottle."
Château Siran is a winery in the Margaux appellation of the Bordeaux region of France. The wine produced here was classified as one of 9 Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnels as of the 2003 listing.  The Chateau owns 88 hectares (217 acres) including 40 (99 acres) of vines planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc. A second wine is produced under the label S de Siran. The average vines are 31 years old and once fermentation is complete the wines are transferred into oak barrels (35% new oak) for 12–14 months of aging. The grand vin averages 75,000 to 90,000 bottles per annum.