|Bargain vintage drinking|
One of these is 1996 Bordeaux, on the left bank.
I've never had a bad bottle from the year, and there is incredible variation as the wines age.
For example Potensac 1996 is a bit of a gem. It tastes to me like a 2000, smooth, elegant and with a long long way to go.
Meanwhile Cos Labory 1996 is a completely different beast. It's claret that Jancis Robinson and others suggest drinking now. It's on the way out they say. I'd agree, which is what makes it such a bargain at just £30 a bottle with tax and duty.
I found a couple of cases on BBX, the Berry Brothers exchange where you can buy from individuals online within the Berry's system.
Other great 1996 wines worth a look from the left bank are Calon Segur and Sociando Mallet. Both cracking, if a little more costly at around £75 and £50 each.
For value aged claret drinking, there's a lot of mileage left in the vintage.