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. 1983 dyquem Dessert White
    1983 d'Yquem
    97
    WS
    Utterly magnificent, a very great wine, certainly the best Yquem since 1975 . Every sip brings out another set of nuances, and the aftertaste goes on forever. Deep gold, unbelievab..." Learn More
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    As low as $439.00
  3. 1983 ramonet montrachet Burgundy White
    1983 Ramonet Montrachet
    97
    AG
    Ramonet’s 1983 Montrachet is simply off the charts. Orange peel, almond, graphite, smoke and a hint of petrol wrap around the palate as this dazzling Burgundy shows off its c..." Learn More
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    As low as $8,785.00
  4. 1986 dyquem Dessert White
    1986 d'Yquem
    98
    RP
    There is no other wine in the world like it, and there is no other luxury wine that can possibly justify its price as much as Yquem. The remarkable amount of painstaking labor nece..." Learn More
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    As low as $515.00
  5. 1986 lafaurie peyraguey Dessert White
    1986 Lafaurie Peyraguey
    94
    JG
    (Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey (Sauternes)) In the US market, this was the first vintage of Lafaurie-Peyraguey that really caught the imagination of Bordeaux lovers and it was v..." Learn More
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    As low as $79.95
  6. 1988 climens Dessert White
    1988 Climens
    96
    RP
    The 1988 reveals layer upon layer of honeyed pineapple-and orange-scented and -flavored fruit, vibrant acidity, high levels of botrytis, and a fabulously long, yet well-focused fin..." Learn More
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    As low as $115.00
  7. 1988 dyquem Dessert White
    1988 d'Yquem
    99
    RP
    The 1988 is a backward-styled Yquem, built along the lines of the extraordinary 1975. With a honeyed, smoky, orange/coconut/pineapple-scented nose, this powerful wine possesses ful..." Learn More
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    As low as $299.00
  8. 1988 krug Champagne
    1988 Krug
    98
    RP
    Krug's 1988 Brut has long numbered among my very favorite vintages for this house, with the best bottles flirting with a three-digit score. Offering up complex aromas of apricot, c..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,495.00
  9. 1988 rieussec Dessert White
    1988 Rieussec
    95
    RP
    The 1988 is a great Rieussec. It is an utterly mind-blowing performance for the chateau, with a hauntingly perfect bouquet of honeyed fruit, vanillin, and spring flowers. The rich ..." Learn More
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    As low as $115.00
  10. 1989 dyquem Dessert White
    1989 d'Yquem
    99
    VM
    The 1989 Yquem is my favourite of the triumvirate and this bottle was stellar. It explodes from the glass with scents of quince, acacia, honeysuckle, saffron and wild heather (a tr..." Learn More
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    As low as $269.00
  11. 1990 dyquem Dessert White
    1990 d'Yquem
    99
    RP
    1990: An extraordinary effort, Yquem's 1990 is a rich and fabulously superb, sweet wine. This wine also possesses lots of elegance and finesse. The wine's medium gold color is acco..." Learn More
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    As low as $259.00
  12. 1990 francois pinon vouvray goutte dor Loire (Other)
    1990 Francois Pinon Vouvray Goutte d'Or
    97
    JG
    (Vouvray “la Goutte d’Or”- Domaine François Pinon) I had never previously tasted the 1990 Vouvray “la Goutte d’Or” from Domaine Fran&cced..." Learn More
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    As low as $115.00
  13. 1990 Louis Roederer Cristal
    1990 Louis Roederer Cristal
    99
    DEC
    Unusually, the 1990 vintage produced grapes with high sugars and high acidity, which has led to this legendary Cristal which is so ripe, rich, limpid, and dazzlingly delicious on t..." Learn More
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    6L
    As low as $10,455.00
  14. 1990 moet chandon dom perignon Champagne
    1990 Moet Chandon Dom Perignon
    99
    JS
    This is really incredible with orange peel, dried pineapple and flan. Exotic. Full body, round and savory. Crazy character at the finish of cooked pineapple and tart tartine. Gorge..." Learn More
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    As low as $489.00
  15. 1992 christian drouin calvados les millesimes Eau-de-Vie
    1992 Christian Drouin Calvados Les Millesimes
    ..." Learn More
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    As low as $229.00
  16. 1995 chateau tirecul la graviere cuvee madame Loire (Other)
    1995 Chateau Tirecul La Graviere Cuvee Madame
    100
    JD
    As good (better??) than the 2001, the 1995 Monbazillac Cuvee Madame is straight up extraordinary juice that certainly one of the finest dessert wines I’ve ever tasted. A blen..." Learn More
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    As low as $285.00
  17. 1995 krug Champagne
    1995 Krug
    98
    WS
    A very youthful '95. Delicate. Intense aromas of ginger, citrus, candied berry and multigrain bread turn to honey, roasted almonds and graphite on the palate. It's all underscored ..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,765.00
  18. 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 $940.00
  19. 1997 chave hermitage (white) Hermitage
    1997 Chave Hermitage (White)
    99
    DEC
    Tasted with Jean-Louis Chave in his cellars in Mauves. This vintage included a proportion of botrytised grapes, a growing rarity these days on Hermitage due to the increasingly hot..." Learn More
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    As low as $450.00
  20. 1997 dyquem Dessert White
    1997 d'Yquem
    96
    RP
    A sensational Yquem, 1997 may be this estate's finest effort since 1990 (although I would not discount the 1996 turning out to be nearly as good). The 1997's light gold color is ac..." Learn More
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    As low as $395.00
  21. 1998 climens Dessert White
    1998 Climens
    91
    WS
    Plenty of dried apricots, with cream and vanilla on the nose. Full-bodied and medium sweet, with a tart tartine and vanilla cream aftertaste, with hints of tea. Drink now. 2,300 ca..." Learn More
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    As low as $50.00
  22. 1998 dyquem Dessert White
    1998 d'Yquem
    95
    RP
    The 1998 Chateau Yquem was released several months ago. This estate does not allow tasting from cask (where the wine spends 42 months), and it is not released until five years afte..." Learn More
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    As low as $290.00
  23. 2000 dyquem Dessert White
    2000 d'Yquem
    96
    DEC
    Things were more difficult in Sauternes than in the rest of Bordeaux in the 2000 vintage, with a brilliant first picking in early October that showed all the promise of the vintage..." Learn More
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    As low as $580.00
  24. 2001 climens Dessert White
    2001 Climens
    100
    RP
    A prodigious offering, the 2001 Climens’ light medium bold color with a greenish hue is followed by ethereal aromas of tropical fruits (primarily pineapple), honeysuckle, and..." Learn More
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    As low as $150.00
  25. 2001 coche dury corton charlemagne Burgundy White
    2001 Coche Dury Corton Charlemagne
    97
    VM
    I was blown away by the power, verve and soil-driven complexity of Coche-Dury's 2001 Corton-Charlemagne. Full yellow in color, it’s approaching maturity but shows every sign ..." Learn More
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    As low as $9,995.00
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