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 $330.00
  2. 1964 leoville las cases Bordeaux Red
    1964 Leoville Las Cases
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    As low as $365.00
  3. 1981 palmer Bordeaux Red
    1981 Palmer
    92
    JG
    (Château Palmer) The 1981 vintage at Château Palmer is really lovely middleweight and a wine that offers up lovely sappiness at the core to go along with very refined a..." Learn More
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    As low as $385.00
  4. 1982 talbot Bordeaux Red
    1982 Talbot
    95
    RP
    Along with the 1986, the 1982 is one of the greatest Talbots ever made. Far more evolved than its stablemate, Gruaud Larose, it exhibits a dense garnet color to the rim along with ..." Learn More
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    As low as $399.00
  5. 1983 leoville las cases Bordeaux Red
    1983 Leoville Las Cases
    94
    DEC
    Again so young, almost not ready to drink but if you are patient things open up and start to sing. The tannic structure on this wine is just so impressive, still doing a good job o..." Learn More
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    As low as $315.00
  6. 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 $330.00
  7. 1985 trotanoy Bordeaux Red
    1985 Trotanoy
    95
    WS
    Could outdo the '86. Packed with fruit, massive, with ripe berry and chocolate flavors, good structure. A classic style.--Trotanoy vertical.Wine Spectator | 95 WS..." Learn More
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    As low as $365.00
  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 $340.00
  9. 1986 dominus California Red
    1986 Dominus
    93
    RP
    I did not pick this out as Dominus in the blind tasting, largely because it came across as such a young, rich, blockbuster wine. One of the richest, densest, most concentrated offe..." Learn More
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    As low as $359.00
  10. 1986 gruaud larose Bordeaux Red
    1986 Gruaud Larose
    97
    DEC
    Both vintages of Gruaud-Larose absolutely stand out in this lineup, and I recommend them both for thoroughly enjoyable drinking today. This was pretty monolithic when young and evo..." Learn More
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    As low as $375.00
  11. 1986 joseph phelps insignia California Red
    1986 Joseph Phelps Insignia
    94
    RP
    This surprisingly rich, dark garnet-colored Insignia displays notes of cedarwood, tobacco leaf, black currants, graphite and damp earth. Medium to full-bodied with remarkable densi..." Learn More
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    As low as $359.00
  12. 1986 latour Bordeaux Red
    1986 Latour
    91
    RP
    The 1986 Latour has a deep ruby/purple color, and a moderately intense bouquet of mineral-scented, blackcurrant fruit intermixed with the classic walnut scents that seem to emerge ..." Learn More
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    As low as $380.00
  13. 1986 trotanoy Bordeaux Red
    1986 Trotanoy
    93
    WS
    This wine has a long life ahead of it. There are chocolate aromas and rich, elegant fruit on the palate. It is well balanced with good backbone and a long finish.--Trotanoy vertica..." Learn More
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    As low as $300.00
  14. 1988 palmer Bordeaux Red
    1988 Palmer
    90
    WS
    Aromas of coffee bean, tobacco and plum follow through to a full body, with chewy tannins and a long finish. A little rustic, but rich and youthful. Chewy. It would be better with ..." Learn More
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    As low as $350.00
  15. 1988 pavie Bordeaux Red
    1988 Pavie
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    As low as $330.00
  16. 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 $305.00
  17. 1989 figeac Bordeaux Red
    1989 Figeac
    97
    JS
    Exquisite old wine with sweet tobacco leaf, gorgeous fruit and hints of iodine and oyster shell. Full-bodied, yet so polished and refined. The tannins melt into the wine. So lovely..." Learn More
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    As low as $365.00
  18. 1989 leoville las cases Bordeaux Red
    1989 Leoville Las Cases
    98
    DEC
    1989 was an early year, with flowering three weeks ahead of usual. Now at 30 years old, a floral aspect curls out of the glass, with touches of roses and peonies, followed on the p..." Learn More
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    As low as $389.00
  19. 1989 pichon lalande Bordeaux Red
    1989 Pichon Lalande
    96
    AG
    The second part of this tasting kicks off with the 1989 Pichon Lalande. Off the charts aromatic intensity, silky tannins and exceptional finesse give the 1989 much of its considera..." Learn More
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    As low as $340.00
  20. 1990 bahans haut brion Bordeaux Red
    1990 Bahans Haut Brion
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    As low as $375.00
  21. 1992 mouton rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1992 Mouton Rothschild
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    6L
    As low as $330.00
  22. 1992 spottswoode cabernet sauvignon California Red
    1992 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon
    99
    RP
    The year 1992 was the second most abundant year for Spottswoode, producing 5,713 cases, with the final blend 6% Cabernet Franc and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon. This was a classic N..." Learn More
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    As low as $375.00
  23. 1994 palmer Bordeaux Red
    1994 Palmer
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    As low as $300.00
  24. 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
  25. 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
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