First, use a good large glass. This is a classic Médoc: a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and fully ripe Petit Verdot (the rare, late flowering variety admired for the role it plays in some of the greatest wines of Margaux). In the glass, the Château Sipian has a dark garnet color, with flashes of shimmering ruby near the edge. The complex nose opens with black cherries, ripe cassis, crushed violets, and sweet herbs, adding dried figs, dark cocoa, and flecks of pencil shavings, as the wine evolves in the glass. On entry, the dense, yet restrained flavors echo the nose, and on the palate, the Petit Verdot shows through with its muscular raciness, promising a long future in a good cool cellar.