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. 1961 calon segur Bordeaux Red
    1961 Calon Segur
    96
    JG
    (Château Calon-Ségur) After having been snake-bitten with bad luck on a couple of occasions (cooked examples) with the 1961 Calon-Ségur, I was delighted to be s..." Learn More
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    As low as $890.00
  2. 1970 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1970 Lafite Rothschild
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    As low as $890.00
  3. 1973 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1973 Lafite Rothschild
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    As low as $805.00
  4. 1976 dyquem Dessert White
    1976 d'Yquem
    96
    RP
    The 1976 Yquem continues to go from strength to strength. Who can ignore the awesome bouquet of spices, honeyed fruit, pineapples, bananas, coconuts, and overripe melons? This full..." Learn More
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    As low as $870.00
  5. 1976 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1976 Lafite Rothschild
    96
    JS
    This is the wine of the vintage. I love the rosewater, currants and citrus character to this now. It's still full body yet so ethereal. It goes on and on in the finish turning cre..." Learn More
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    As low as $845.00
  6. 1979 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1979 Lafite Rothschild
    92
    WS
    Fruity, deep and firm, filled with plum and cherry, backed by youthful, stiff tannins. Needs time for complexity to develop. Try in 1995.--Lafite Rothschild vertical.Wine Spectator..." Learn More
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    As low as $870.00
  7. 1982 leoville las cases Bordeaux Red
    1982 Leoville Las Cases
    100
    RP
    Still stubbornly backward, yet beginning to budge from its pre-adolescent stage, this dense, murky ruby/purple-colored wine offers up notes of graphite, sweet caramel, black cherry..." Learn More
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    As low as $879.00
  8. 1983 palmer Bordeaux Red
    1983 Palmer
    100
    DEC
    Smoky, floral and fabulous. Violet-edged, this stands out over the 1982 for its complexity of aromatics and flavours. Brambled blackberry notes meld with soft leather and liquorice..." Learn More
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    As low as $819.00
  9. 1985 margaux Bordeaux Red
    1985 Margaux
    95
    DEC
    On this tasting, Margaux 1985 is holding up the best of the Firsts, with the seductive opulence and caressing fruits that have been a marker of this wine for much of its life, now ..." Learn More
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    As low as $899.00
  10. 1986 haut brion Bordeaux Red
    1986 Haut Brion
    96
    DEC
    A seductive mix of brambly autumnal fruits, black truffles, graphite and cigar box, this is absolutely ready to drink now and yet will continue to unwind and deliver for decades to..." Learn More
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    As low as $830.00
  11. 1986 margaux Bordeaux Red
    1986 Margaux
    98+
    AG
    The 1986 Chateau Margaux was even more emotionally moving. Still incredibly youthful, it showed incredible focus and depth, all backed up by considerable structure. As hard as it m..." Learn More
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    As low as $899.00
  12. 1989 latour Bordeaux Red
    1989 Latour
    95
    JG
    (Château Latour) The 1989 vintage of Château Latour was not considered a great year for this superb property, which was purported to have started a mini-slump after the..." Learn More
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    As low as $849.00
  13. 1989 margaux Bordeaux Red
    1989 Margaux
    97
    WS
    This is about as alluring as it gets aromatically, with singed alder, juniper, bay and charcoal notes out front, hinting at power but turning beguiling as they flow into the core o..." Learn More
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    As low as $849.00
  14. 1989 montrose Bordeaux Red
    1989 Montrose
    99
    JS
    This was yet another wine I drunk with wine collector friends in Bangkok – the city is truly buzzing when it comes to wine and when you know where to look! On the nose, there..." Learn More
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    As low as $899.00
  15. 1989 palmer Bordeaux Red
    1989 Palmer
    97
    VM
    The 1989 Palmer has vied with the 1983 as the highlight of the decade, so it is fascinating to revisit it at 30 years old. It has a wonderful bouquet of degraded red berry fruit, s..." Learn More
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    As low as $805.00
  16. 1990 ausone Bordeaux Red
    1990 Ausone
    96
    JG
    (Château Ausone) The 1990 vintage of Château Ausone is a stunning wine. There is a purity and soil signature front and center here that is not always evident in wines f..." Learn More
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    As low as $805.00
  17. 1996 mouton rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1996 Mouton Rothschild
    97+
    RP
    The last time I tasted the 1996 Mouton Rothschild (maybe a couple of years ago?), I recall it was a bit broody and closed. This showing was anything but! Deep garnet in color, it s..." Learn More
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    As low as $829.00
  18. 1997 philip togni cabernet sauvignon California Red
    1997 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon
    98
    RP
    The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon has to be one of the great buys left for profound Napa Cabernet. He’s done the aging for you, and of course the wine is still an adolescent in ter..." Learn More
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    As low as $845.00
  19. 1998 haut brion Bordeaux Red
    1998 Haut Brion
    99
    RP
    Still incredibly youthful and sporting a lot of fruit, the deep garnet-brick colored 1998 Haut-Brion sashays out of the glass with flamboyant red and black fruits, followed by a tr..." Learn More
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    As low as $879.00
  20. 2000 la mission haut brion Bordeaux Red
    2000 La Mission Haut Brion
    100
    RP
    One of the wines of the vintage, the 2000 has barely budged in its evolution since it was bottled and released in 2002. After ten years in bottle, it still reveals a dense opaque p..." Learn More
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    As low as $899.00
  21. 2000 pichon lalande Bordeaux Red
    2000 Pichon Lalande
    96
    DEC
    Of all the 2000s tasted in the line-up, this was the one that was most evolved, with melted tannins and exotic saffron spice notes. It’s a beautiful wine, very classic Pauill..." Learn More
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    As low as $850.00
  22. 2001 calon segur Bordeaux Red
    2001 Calon Segur
    94
    VM
    The 2001 Calon-Ségur has a delightful bouquet, very pure and a little more vivacious than the preceding vintage, featuring lovely brambly red fruit, rose petals, autumn leav..." Learn More
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    As low as $829.00
  23. 2001 latour Bordeaux Red
    2001 Latour
    97+
    AG
    The 2001 Latour is magnificent. A huge, structured wine, the 2001 Latour boasts notable depth to match its vertical, towering structure and pure power. At nearly fifteen years of a..." Learn More
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    As low as $805.00
  24. 2001 mommessin clos de tart Burgundy Red
    2001 Mommessin Clos De Tart
    95
    BH
    (Maison Mommessin Clos de Tart Grand Cru Red) I have been in love with this wine since I first encountered it in barrel and it seems only to have gotten better and better. An elega..." Learn More
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    As low as $899.00
  25. 2002 dal forno romano amarone Italy (Other)
    2002 Dal Forno Romano Amarone
    95
    DEC
    Another tricky vintage affected by hail and rain during the growing season, but saved by a stretch of sunshine at the end of the summer. This wine is herbaceous but delightful, ver..." Learn More
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    As low as $825.00
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