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. 1967 dyquem Dessert White
    1967 d'Yquem
    100
    WS
    From one of the 20th century's celebrated vintages for Yquem, this bottle stands up to all the hype--unforgettable for its purity, elegance, harmony, its 'total' everything. Powerf..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,800.00
  3. 1975 dyquem Dessert White
    1975 d'Yquem
    99
    RP
    The 1975 may turn out to be the greatest of the modern-day Yquems. When fully mature in another 25-30 years, it may rival the extraordinary 1937 and 1921. This wine continues to ev..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,230.00
  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 Krug Collection
    1976 Krug Collection
    92
    WS
    A gorgeous but extreme style of Champagne that's fully mature in flavor yet lively in balance. It's deep gold in color, smooth in texture and long on the finish. Intricate accents ..." Learn More
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    As low as $2,805.00
  6. 1983 climens Dessert White
    1983 Climens
    95
    WS
    Beautifully crafted, plump, very long and complex. Medium gold, lush and si lky, with lemon, fig, apricot, pear, and a particualrly elegant balance of acidity, fruit and wood. Powe..." Learn More
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    As low as $75.00
  7. 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 $8,315.00
  8. 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
  9. 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 $1,530.00
  10. 1989 climens Dessert White
    1989 Climens
    94
    VM
    The 1989 Climens retains its glorious bouquet of copious scents of dried honey, saffron, barley sugar and gingerbread - so vibrant and engaging. This feels as if it has more vim an..." Learn More
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    As low as $125.00
  11. 1989 Krug Collection
    1989 Krug Collection
    96
    JG
    (Krug Collection Brut) The 1989 Krug Collection is absolutely brilliant Champagne and one of the best bottles of wine I have had the pleasure to taste this year. The totally &agrav..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,770.00
  12. 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 $269.00
  13. 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
  14. 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 $10,535.00
  15. 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 $599.00
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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 $2,000.00
  19. 1996 Bollinger R.D.
    1996 Bollinger R.D.
    97
    JS
    I have drunk this a half dozen times in the last six months and it always amazes me. The Recently Disgorged Bolly is ultra rich with yeast and spice and bread. It's tight and in re..." Learn More
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    As low as $505.00
  20. 1996 climens Dessert White
    1996 Climens
    92
    JG
    (Château Climens (Barsac)) The 1996 Climens is a very lovely bottle of wine, but it can not quite match the complexity of a more heavily botrytized vintage such as 2005. The ..." Learn More
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    As low as $80.00
  21. 1996 dyquem Dessert White
    1996 d'Yquem
    96
    WS
    This leans toward the tropical side, with mango and guava notes out front, while maple, date, blood orange and citrus oil flavors fill in behind. The finish kicks into another gear..." Learn More
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    As low as $535.00
  22. 1996 drc montrachet Burgundy White
    1996 DRC Montrachet
    99
    VM
    One of the many highlights of the evening, the 1996 Montrachet is simply magical. Dazzling in its purity and intensity, the 1996 is endowed with crystalline energy and tension, not..." Learn More
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    As low as $12,605.00
  23. 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
  24. 1997 leflaive chevalier montrachet Burgundy White
    1997 Leflaive Chevalier Montrachet
    93+
    VM
    Deep, reticent, oily aromas of spiced apple, honey and clove. Big, chewy and deep; has a truly three-dimensional texture. Very ripe but youthfully unevolved and tightly wound. Agai..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,585.00
  25. 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
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