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. 1967 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1967 Lafite Rothschild
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  2. 1971 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1971 Lafite Rothschild
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    As low as $715.00
  3. 1971 mouton rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1971 Mouton Rothschild
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    As low as $715.00
  4. 1978 latour Bordeaux Red
    1978 Latour
    92
    WS
    Better than I anticipated. A sleek and racy wine.Ruby-amber color. Aromas of cedar, cigar box,tobacco, mint and mushrooms, with hints of redfruits, follow though to a medium body w..." Learn More
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    As low as $755.00
  5. 1982 gruaud larose Bordeaux Red
    1982 Gruaud Larose
    98
    RP
    A massive wine that is clearly of first-growth quality in this vintage, the 1982 Gruaud Larose remains a youngster. A broodingly dense, thick, unctuously textured, inky/plum/garnet..." Learn More
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    As low as $799.00
  6. 1983 latour Bordeaux Red
    1983 Latour
    95
    JG
    (Château Latour (Pauillac) served from magnum) The 1983 Château Latour has never had a great reputation, and I probably had not tasted the wine since close to its relea..." Learn More
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    As low as $745.00
  7. 1985 haut brion Bordeaux Red
    1985 Haut Brion
    96
    JG
    (Château Haut-Brion) The 1985 Château Haut-Brion is a brilliant wine. Like the ’85 La Mission, this wine is still a bit primary and in need of further bottle age ..." Learn More
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    As low as $770.00
  8. 1985 latour Bordeaux Red
    1985 Latour
    93
    JS
    Aromas of mint and currants with some spices. Full and velvety texture with fresh and clean fruit and a yummy finish. Drink it.James Suckling | 93 JSRich and ripe wine. Dark red co..." Learn More
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  9. 1985 mouton rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1985 Mouton Rothschild
    99
    JS
    What an awe-inspiring nose of currants, shaved lead pencil, white truffles and earth. It's full-bodied and enveloped by silky tannins that lead to an earthy, long finish. Old, trad..." Learn More
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    As low as $710.00
  10. 1986 cheval blanc Bordeaux Red
    1986 Cheval Blanc
    93+
    JG
    (Château Cheval Blanc) The 1986 Cheval Blanc is a beautiful wine and one of the sleeper vintages for this fine estate in the decade of the 1980s. The really refined and lovel..." Learn More
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    As low as $785.00
  11. 1988 cheval blanc Bordeaux Red
    1988 Cheval Blanc
    93
    WS
    Berry, cherry and chocolate on the nose, with hints of spices. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a spicy, cedary, dark chocolate aftertaste. Very silky and caressing. Grabs your ..." Learn More
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    As low as $770.00
  12. 1988 haut brion Bordeaux Red
    1988 Haut Brion
    98
    WS
    The wine of the vintage and one of the greatest Haut-Brions ever made. Superpowerful and ripe, with masses of spice, mint and berry character. Full-bodied, with full yet polished t..." Learn More
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    As low as $700.00
  13. 1988 latour Bordeaux Red
    1988 Latour
    96
    WS
    So minty, with loads of subtle ripe fruit and eucalyptus undertones. Full-bodied, with ultrafine tannins and a long, long finish. Caresses every inch of the palate. It's the qualit..." Learn More
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    As low as $795.00
  14. 1988 margaux Bordeaux Red
    1988 Margaux
    95
    WS
    This has both sinew and flesh, with taut dried red currant, blackberry and plum skin notes that are forced to expand outward as the core of black tea, charcoal, plum paste and dark..." Learn More
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    As low as $735.00
  15. 1989 chapoutier hermitage le pavillon Hermitage
    1989 Chapoutier Hermitage Le Pavillon
    100
    RP
    The 1989 Le Pavilion is a prodigious wine. Made from yields of 14 hectoliters per hectare, this parcel of old vines (averaging 70-80 years of age) has produced an opaque black/purp..." Learn More
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    As low as $730.00
  16. 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 $725.00
  17. 1993 mouton rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1993 Mouton Rothschild
    90
    DEC
    1993 was not a great year, with rainfall in September spoiling what had looked like a very fine vintage. The 1993 Mouton is perhaps better known for the controversial label by Balt..." Learn More
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    As low as $700.00
  18. 1994 latour Bordeaux Red
    1994 Latour
    94
    RP
    This is an interesting as well as great vintage for Latour. As indicated in my barrel tasting report, Latour's 1994 possesses an atypically high percentage of Merlot (27%) in the f..." Learn More
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    As low as $760.00
  19. 1995 ausone Bordeaux Red
    1995 Ausone
    96
    WS
    Flower and berry character, with hints of clove and black pepper. Full-bodied and very rich, with decadent flavors. Oozes with ripe fruit. Goes on and on. Fabulous.--'95/'96 Bordea..." Learn More
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  20. 1995 haut brion Bordeaux Red
    1995 Haut Brion
    96
    RP
    It is fun to go back and forth between the 1995 and 1996, two superb vintages for Haut-Brion. The 1995 seems to have sweeter tannin and a bit more fat and seamlessness when compare..." Learn More
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    As low as $749.00
  21. 1995 margaux Bordeaux Red
    1995 Margaux
    97
    WS
    This still broods seriously, with dark plum, currant and blackberry fruit, studded with charcoal, singed tobacco and cedar notes and backed by a serious grip of roasted earth. The ..." Learn More
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    As low as $769.00
  22. 1996 ausone Bordeaux Red
    1996 Ausone
    93
    RP
    I do not understand the critics of Alain Vautier, who now has sole control of Ausone and is taking the estate's quality to a higher level. Moreover, the wine is consistent, with gr..." Learn More
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    As low as $730.00
  23. 1996 haut brion Bordeaux Red
    1996 Haut Brion
    95
    RP-NM
    While in some vintages La Mission Haut-Brion and Haut-Brion can be close in quality, that is not the case in this vintage. The 1996 Haut-Brion, a blend of 50% Merlot, 39% Cabernet ..." Learn More
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    As low as $765.00
  24. 1997 latour Bordeaux Red
    1997 Latour
    91
    VM
    Medium red. Roasted currant, lead pencil, grilled nuts, tobacco and minerals on the nose. Smooth, vinous and concentrated, with lovely depth of flavor and ripe acidity for the vint..." Learn More
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    As low as $715.00
  25. 1998 guigal cote rotie la mouline Cote Rotie
    1998 Guigal Cote Rotie La Mouline
    97
    RP
    The awesome 1998 Cote Rotie La Mouline is a seamless, full-bodied classic with many characteristics of the 1997 La Landonne , but more structure, tannin, and muscle. It will need t..." Learn More
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    As low as $770.00
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