Popular Wines

Popular Wines
As magical and enigmatic as the world of wine can be, it’s not always easy to find your way around. Every day, inexperienced wine enthusiasts try to explore new blends and end up with a shopping list that their budget simply cannot support. Every high-quality wine is a unique, important experience, one that opens a person’s taste palate to a whole new world of flavor and pleasure. Something primal awakens within, urging you to find new and more compelling aromas and textures. But with so much to choose from, where do you begin?

When it comes to wine, popular blends are relatively common for a reason. They serve as an excellent entry point into the world of fine wine, and studying them lets you understand more obscure, complicated wines out there. A collection has to start somewhere, and these blends are often easier to get and help you develop your taste. Imagine bonding with your friends and family over a brand you’re all familiar with and able to appreciate to its fullest. Good wine offers something new, yet vaguely familiar with each glass, as your mouth picks up on subtleties in the liquid that tempt you further and inspire thought and introspection, uncorking new conversation topics and improving the mood no matter the situation.

If you’re looking for safe picks, you want to set your sights on quality brands from Italy, France, and Spain. A glass of sultry Sangiovese or Trebbiano Toscano can liven up a family meal and impress even the stuffiest guests while being a perfect partner to any traditional Italian dish you can think of. One taste of a Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay is enough to let France stand out as a breeding ground of divine, elegant elixirs that can fit the taste of any enthusiast. Meanwhile, Spain offers powerful blends such as Garnacha, Bobal, or Tempranillo, helping you create memorable moments out of even the most ordinary evening. And this is only scratching the surface.

Our goal is to introduce you to popular, tested brands the same way we would introduce you to a potential soulmate. With the right mood and some good timing, you can develop a healthy, pleasurable relationship with wine that lasts a lifetime.

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  1. 1946 toro albala don px convento seleccion Dessert White
    1946 Toro Albala Don PX Convento Seleccion
    100
    RP
    The 1946 Don PX Convento Seleccion produced with Pedro Ximenez grapes dehydrated under the sun at the time of the Second World War, was only bottled in September 2011. This is an e..." Learn More
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    As low as $345.00
  2. 1966 pavie Bordeaux Red
    1966 Pavie
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    As low as $320.00
  3. 1970 Fonseca
    1970 Fonseca
    96
    WS
    Some people may enjoy this wine's rather fat, rich and powerful fruit now, but I still find it too young for drinking. Deeply colored, with smoky mint, tar and fruit aromas, full-b..." Learn More
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    As low as $330.00
  4. 1982 calon segur Bordeaux Red
    1982 Calon Segur
    94+
    RP
    Like Certan de May, I bought this in both half and 750 ml bottles. Only recently have the half bottles reached full maturity, and the 750 ml remains a massive, backward wine for lo..." Learn More
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    As low as $395.00
  5. 1982 pavie Bordeaux Red
    1982 Pavie
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    As low as $360.00
  6. 1985 cos destournel Bordeaux Red
    1985 Cos D'Estournel
    93
    RP
    The 1985 from cask could have been a lighter version of the 1982 and 1953 vintages. Forward, with a fabulously scented bouquet of pain grille and concentrated red and black fruits ..." Learn More
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    As low as $315.00
  7. 1985 paul aine jaboulet hermitage la chapelle Hermitage
    1985 Paul Aine Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle
    96
    JS
    Hints of amber to the brick-red center color. It shows lots of saffron, mushroom, forest floor, pastrami and other dried meats. Full body with incredible silky tannins and a depth ..." Learn More
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    As low as $345.00
  8. 1986 cos destournel Bordeaux Red
    1986 Cos D'Estournel
    95
    DEC
    Vibrant deep colour, this has masses of spice box and minerals on the nose. Of course, the 86 was famous for its power and tannic structure and this is still muscular and foursquar..." Learn More
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    As low as $305.00
  9. 1988 pavie Bordeaux Red
    1988 Pavie
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  10. 1989 cos destournel Bordeaux Red
    1989 Cos D'Estournel
    94
    JS
    A wonderful depth of fruit with very firm and dense tannins. It has so much character of olives, spices, and berries. It's the wine’s freshness and intensity that won me over..." Learn More
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    As low as $345.00
  11. 1989 paul aine jaboulet hermitage la chapelle Hermitage
    1989 Paul Aine Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle
    100
    JS
    I have always been a huge fan of this wine, with incredible depth and richness of character. Dried meat, game, berry, spice, asphalt and tar. Full body with layers of ripe tannins ..." Learn More
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    As low as $365.00
  12. 1989 pavie Bordeaux Red
    1989 Pavie
    90
    WS
    All elegance and fine texture. Beautiful aromas of milk chocolate and ripe berries. Full- to medium-bodied, with silky tannins and a sweet fruit, chocolate aftertaste. Hard to resi..." Learn More
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    As low as $375.00
  13. 1990 bahans haut brion Bordeaux Red
    1990 Bahans Haut Brion
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    As low as $340.00
  14. 1990 mouton rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1990 Mouton Rothschild
    91
    DEC
    A time of serious changes at Mouton, with Baron Philippe de Rothschild passing away in 1988 after having overseen seven decades worth of harvests, and his longtime winemaker Raoul ..." Learn More
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    As low as $335.00
  15. 1990 pavie Bordeaux Red
    1990 Pavie
    92
    WS
    Ripe and fresh. Just what it should be. Deep ruby with red hue. Loads of chocolate, vanilla, tobacco and ripe fruit. Full bodied with lots of velvety tannins and a long finish.--19..." Learn More
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    As low as $355.00
  16. 1992 mouton rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1992 Mouton Rothschild
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    6L
    As low as $320.00
  17. 1994 palmer Bordeaux Red
    1994 Palmer
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    As low as $335.00
  18. 1995 figeac Bordeaux Red
    1995 Figeac
    95
    JG
    (Château Figeac) 1995 was the fiftieth vintage for Thierry Manoncourt and the château designed a special label to mark the anniversary. Happily, Monsieur Manoncourt was..." Learn More
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    As low as $360.00
  19. 1995 leoville las cases Bordeaux Red
    1995 Leoville Las Cases
    97
    JS
    I love the aromas here with forest flowers, wild mushrooms and tobacco, as well as currants. Full and very layered with creamy tannins that caress your palate. So long and enticing..." Learn More
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    As low as $339.00
  20. 1995 les forts de latour Bordeaux Red
    1995 Les Forts De Latour
    90
    WS
    Intense aromas of crushed blackberries and cassis. Full-bodied, with ripe fruit and velvety tannins. Long. Slightly one-dimensional. Needs to develop.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospecti..." Learn More
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    As low as $330.00
  21. 1995 ornellaia Super Tuscans/IGT
    1995 Ornellaia
    96
    WE
    A superb wine; one of the greats. Plush like your favorite pillow, but sophisticated like a fine Italian leather sofa, this is a sumptuous, flawless red wine that is shockingly goo..." Learn More
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    As low as $330.00
  22. 1996 ceretto barolo bricco rocche Barolo
    1996 Ceretto Barolo Bricco Rocche
    95
    WS
    Complex aromas of Indian spices, plum and violet. Full-bodied, with big, velvety tannins and a long, long finish. Finally starting to mellow. Concentrated and rich.--1996 Piedmont ..." Learn More
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    As low as $300.00
  23. 1996 cos destournel Bordeaux Red
    1996 Cos D'Estournel
    98
    DEC
    A brilliant year for Left Bank Bordeaux. This was stubborn in its youth and took time to open, but now stands as one of the great all-time vintages of Cos, in my opinion. It delive..." Learn More
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    As low as $339.00
  24. 1996 levangile Bordeaux Red
    1996 L'Evangile
    90
    RP
    The 1996 l'Evangile will undoubtedly be a controversial wine. The wine gives the impression of being over-extracted in its dark ruby/purple color and notes of prunes, raisins, Chin..." Learn More
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    As low as $330.00
  25. 1996 la mission haut brion Bordeaux Red
    1996 La Mission Haut Brion
    95
    DEC
    Many 1996 are still pretty closed up right now, as it was a vintage with fairly hefty tannins but this is perfect for drinking with a good carafing first. It's full of generous, ri..." Learn More
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    As low as $365.00
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