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. 1978 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1978 Lafite Rothschild
    94
    WS
    Beautiful deep-garnet color, with classic Médoc flavors of plum, spice, earth and mineral. Tannic, well-balanced, mouth-filling, chewy in its intensity but needs time. Drink..." Learn More
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    As low as $935.00
  2. 1984 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1984 Lafite Rothschild
    94
    JS
    Orange peel, stewed tea and slight metallic undertone. Full-bodied, with a tangy and funky undertone. Not completely clean, but wonderful.James Suckling | 94 JS..." Learn More
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    As low as $915.00
  3. 1990 montrose Bordeaux Red
    1990 Montrose
    100
    RP
    The final blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc was harvested between September 14 and October 3. The spring was cold, yet summer was extremely hot and ..." Learn More
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    As low as $949.00
  4. 1990 veuve clicquot la grande dame Champagne
    1990 Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame
    96
    DEC
    Fine burnished gold, apt for a 30 year old Champagne – alive and kicking. What impresses is the fresh Chardonnay, which balances the opulence of 1990 mature Pinot opulence. A..." Learn More
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    As low as $995.00
  5. 1992 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1992 Lafite Rothschild
    ..." Learn More
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    As low as $980.00
  6. 1995 latour Bordeaux Red
    1995 Latour
    96
    RP
    A beauty, the opaque dense purple-colored 1995 exhibits jammy cassis, vanillin, and minerals in its fragrant but still youthful aromatics. Medium to full-bodied, with exceptional p..." Learn More
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    As low as $929.00
  7. 1995 mouton rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1995 Mouton Rothschild
    97
    DEC
    Still remarkably dark, intense and youthful in appearance, this Mouton shows more flamboyant characters on the nose than other vintages, with spices, cigar-box and blackcurrant lea..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    3L
    As low as $999.00
  8. 1996 krug Champagne
    1996 Krug
    100
    W&S
    It's hard to imagine how a wine of this power can sustain perfect balance. What is now a more nonchalant intensity in the aroma was, in fact, too much to handle when we tasted this..." Learn More
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    As low as $950.00
  9. 1996 latour Bordeaux Red
    1996 Latour
    99
    RP
    A spectacular Latour, the 1996 may be the modern day clone of the 1966, only riper. This vintage, which is so variable in Pomerol, St.-Emilion, and Graves, was fabulous for the lat..." Learn More
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    6L
    As low as $999.00
  10. 1997 sassicaia Super Tuscans/IGT
    1997 Sassicaia
    94
    WS
    Dark ruby red. Blackberry, with lots of fresh herb and meat character. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and loads of fresh fruit and tarragon. Dill flavors on the finish. Textbook..." Learn More
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    As low as $930.00
  11. 1998 ausone Bordeaux Red
    1998 Ausone
    97
    JS
    I’m still looking forward to tasting the great Château Ausone of Saint-Émilion later this week, but in the meantime I’m thinking back to this great 1998 I ..." Learn More
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    As low as $975.00
  12. 1999 guigal cote rotie la landonne Cote Rotie
    1999 Guigal Cote Rotie La Landonne
    100
    RP
    I have given perfect scores to other vintages of La Landonne, but the black/purple-colored 1999 Cote Rotie La Landonne may be the finest effort Guigal has ever coaxed out of this v..." Learn More
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    As low as $945.00
  13. 1999 guigal cote rotie la mouline Cote Rotie
    1999 Guigal Cote Rotie La Mouline
    100
    RP
    The 1999 Cote Rotie la Mouline is straight-up awesome on all accounts. Drinking beautifully, with explosive aromas and flavors of blackberry, smoked meats, pepper and exotic flower..." Learn More
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    As low as $945.00
  14. 2001 dom. fourrier gevrey chamb. clos st jacques Burgundy Red
    2001 Dom. Fourrier Gevrey Chamb. Clos St Jacques
    94+
    JG
    (Gevrey-Chambertin “Clos St. Jacques”- Domaine Fourrier) The 2001 Clos St. Jacques from Jean-Marie Fourrier is a beautiful example of the vintage that is starting to re..." Learn More
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    As low as $959.00
  15. 2003 lafleur Bordeaux Red
    2003 Lafleur
    97
    WS
    This is a really long wine. It lasts for minutes on the palate. Full and dense yet refined and linear. Very racy, with plum, berry and floral character. Fantastic. No jam here. Thi..." Learn More
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    As low as $930.00
  16. 2004 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    2004 Lafite Rothschild
    96
    WE
    Yes, there is power to this wine. But more than that, it exudes authority; a dense and solid wine with an impressive presence and texture. It has a velvet mouthfeel: the tannins ar..." Learn More
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    As low as $995.00
  17. 2005 mouton rothschild Bordeaux Red
    2005 Mouton Rothschild
    99+
    RP
    The 2005 Mouton-Rothschild has developed magnificently, and is even better than I remember. The final blend was 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc. Stunning n..." Learn More
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    6L
    3L
    As low as $979.00
  18. 2007 roger sabon cdp le secret de sabon Chateauneuf du Pape
    2007 Roger Sabon CDP le Secret de Sabon
    99
    RP
    One of the sexiest, most decadent and unctuous wines in the vintage, the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape le Secret de Sabon (95% Grenache and the rest a mix of permitted varieties) boasts..." Learn More
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    As low as $929.00
  19. 2009 mouton rothschild Bordeaux Red
    2009 Mouton Rothschild
    99
    DEC
    Opulent, luscious and rich Mouton at it's exotic, showy best. Multi-layered and complex, with wave after wave of ripe red and dark berry aromas and flavours, complicated by sweet s..." Learn More
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    3L
    As low as $985.00
  20. 2010 clos des papes cdp Chateauneuf du Pape
    2010 Clos Des Papes CDP
    99+
    RP
    Mind blowing stuff, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape is most likely the greatest wine ever from this estate. Still inky colored, it has a powerful, slightly backward feel in its crushe..." Learn More
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    3L
    As low as $945.00
  21. 2010 haut bailly Bordeaux Red
    2010 Haut Bailly
    100
    DEC
    As ever when tasting the two together, the striking thing is the difference in character rather than quality between 2009 and 2010. This is tighter, more structured in its concentr..." Learn More
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    3L
    As low as $989.00
  22. 2010 mouton rothschild Bordeaux Red
    2010 Mouton Rothschild
    100
    AG
    A wine of noble bearing and exceptional beauty, the 2010 Mouton Rothschild is a flat-out stunner. The aromatics alone are beguiling. On the palate, the wine is every bit as thrilli..." Learn More
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    As low as $999.00
  23. 2015 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    2015 Lafite Rothschild
    100
    WE
    This is a great vintage from Lafite. The profile is rich in feel, with a seriously firm tannic structure. Solid, complex and with great authority, this Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant ..." Learn More
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    As low as $990.00
  24. 2015 verite la desir California Red
    2015 Verite La Desir
    100
    RP
    A blend of 64% Cabernet Franc, 27% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Malbec, the very deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Le Désir is a little reticent at this very youthful ..." Learn More
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    As low as $989.00
  25. 2018 Mouton Rothschild
    2018 Mouton Rothschild
    100
    DEC
    This has so much tannic power, with density, layers and structure along with layers of blackberry, liquorice, baked earth, cigar box and the signature exotic spices of Mouton. A bi..." Learn More
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    6L
    As low as $955.00
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