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. 1987 Mouton Rothschild
    1987 Mouton Rothschild
    91
    JG
    (Château Mouton-Rothschild) This was the last vintage to be made by the Baron de Rothschild, and I have always had a sneaky suspicion that the 1987 may have been made a bit m..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    3L
    As low as $1,285.00
  2. 1994 cheval blanc Bordeaux Red
    1994 Cheval Blanc
    91-93
    VM
    Good medium color, less saturated than the '95. Pungent, vibrant aromas of sappy berries and resiny oak, with an intriguing floral nuance. At once thick and polished on the palate,..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    3L
    As low as $575.00
  3. 1995 calon segur Bordeaux Red
    1995 Calon Segur
    97
    JS
    I always loved this wine from the first time I tasted it in 1998. It has such purity and power yet it's reserved and beautiful. It's one of the best Calons ever. I drank a bottle w..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    3L
    As low as $189.00
  4. 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
  5. 1996 calon segur Bordeaux Red
    1996 Calon Segur
    93+
    VM
    Saturated ruby-red. Pure, highly perfumed aromas of black cherry, currant, plum, minerals, tobacco, leather and fresh herbs. Very ripe, suave and spicy; at once subtle and gripping..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    3L
    As low as $179.00
  6. 1996 leoville las cases Bordeaux Red
    1996 Leoville Las Cases
    98
    RP
    Having previously rated it nearly perfect, I was apprehensive of a letdown about tasting the 1996 Leoville Las Cases once it had been bottled, but that concern was quickly dismisse..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    3L
    As low as $475.00
  7. 1996 mommessin clos de tart Burgundy Red
    1996 Mommessin Clos De Tart
    91
    DEC
    Still deep in colour, with elegant, pure scents more dominated now by refined spice, mushroom and violet than fruit. On the palate, the wine seemed high-cheek-boned and dramatic c..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    3L
    As low as $2,299.00
  8. 1997 Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
    1997 Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
    98
    RP
    There are 10,200 cases of the remarkable 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate. Opaque purple-colored with a dense, chewy, full-bodied personality, it displays abundant cassis, mineral, a..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    3L
    As low as $1,399.00
  9. 1998 lafite rothschild Bodeaux Red
    1998 Lafite Rothschild
    98
    RP
    A blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot, this wine represents only 34% of Lafite's total harvest. In a less than perfect Medoc vintage, it has been spectacular since birth..." Learn More
    As low as $1,119.00
  10. 2000 calon segur Bordeaux Red
    2000 Calon Segur
    94
    RP
    A dense, traditionally crafted wine for those with patience, the 2000 Calon-Segur rivals the estate's finest wines of the last two decades, the 1995, 1988, and 1982. But be forewar..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    6L
    3L
    As low as $220.00
  11. 2000 chapoutier hermitage lermite Hermitage
    2000 Chapoutier Hermitage L'Ermite
    99
    RP
    I grossly underestimated the 2000 Ermitage l’Ermite from barrel. This wine, which emerges from largely pre-phylloxera vines planted on the dome of Hermitage, adjacent to the ..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    3L
    As low as $1,275.00
  12. 2000 cos destournel Bordeaux Red
    2000 Cos D'Estournel
    97
    RP
    Blended of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, the 2000 Cos d'Estournel is deep garnet in color with a touch of brick and sporting a lot of tertiary evolution..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    3L
    As low as $335.00
  13. 2000 levangile Bordeaux Red
    2000 L'Evangile
    98
    JD
    The 2000 Château l’Evangile is blockbuster stuff and just about as good as it gets. This Merlot-dominated beauty shows some maturity but is still powerful, concentrated..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    3L
    As low as $485.00
  14. 2000 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    2000 Lafite Rothschild
    100
    JS
    The nose is fresh, bright, and dense. With aromas of violets, minerals, spices, cool stones, mint, dark fruits, and plum skins, this is beautiful. Very much still a baby right now,..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    3L
    6L
    As low as $2,090.00
  15. 2000 leoville poyferre Bordeaux Red
    2000 Leoville Poyferre
    97
    JD
    Absolutely knockout stuff, the 2000 Léoville Poyferré is a sexy, layered, totally irresistible Bordeaux that’s firing on all cylinders today. Sporting a deep ru..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    3L
    As low as $299.00
  16. 2000 Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc
    2000 Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc
    98
    WS
    Very, very ripe fruit, with strawberries and plums galore. Turns to Indian spices and cedar. Full-bodied, with an exquisite palate of ultraripe tannins that turn to velvet. Long, l..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    3L
    As low as $775.00
  17. 2000 pavie Bordeaux Red
    2000 Pavie
    100
    JD
    Just a powerhouse of a wine that does everything right, the 2000 Château Pavie is drinking incredibly well today, offering huge blackcurrant and chocolatey darker berry fruit..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    3L
    As low as $790.00
  18. 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
    Formats Available:
    3L
    As low as $829.00
  19. 2002 louis jadot clos saint denis Burgundy Red
    2002 Louis Jadot Clos Saint Denis
    92-94
    RP
    Produced from a tiny parcel of old vines (80-85 years old), the 2002 Clos St.-Denis explodes from the glass with delectable aromas of sweet blueberries and cherries. Medium to full..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    3L
    As low as $2,075.00
  20. 2002 louis jadot echezeaux Burgundy Red
    2002 Louis Jadot Echezeaux
    91-93
    RP
    Jadot’s parcel of Echezeaux is located in a steep sector of the vineyard known as Les Rouges, requiring that it be worked with horses as tractors cannot cope with the slope&r..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    3L
    As low as $1,549.00
  21. 2003 calon segur Bordeaux Red
    2003 Calon Segur
    95
    WS
    Loads of crushed berries, with mineral, lightly toasted oak and licorice. Full-bodied, with big, velvety tannins and a long, caressing finish. This is the sleeper of the vintage. B..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    3L
    As low as $879.00
  22. 2003 la mondotte Bordeaux Red
    2003 La Mondotte
    96
    RP
    A killer wine (I’m so sorry I didn’t buy any), the 2003 La Mondotte is clearly one of the superstars of the vintage. An intriguing perfume of licorice, Asian soy, black..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    3L
    As low as $270.00
  23. 2003 latour Bordeaux Red
    2003 Latour
    100
    RP
    Administrator Frederic Engerer says the 2003 is “the sexiest Latour ever made.” He also described it as “the 1990 without any brettanomyces.” I loved this w..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    3L
    As low as $1,199.00
  24. 2004 mouton rothschild Bordeaux Red
    2004 Mouton Rothschild
    95
    WS
    This shows lots of mulled spice, warm tobacco leaf and well-roasted cedar accents, but isn't short on fruit, offering enticing layers of red currant, plum and blackberry confiture...." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    3L
    As low as $685.00
  25. 2005 bellevue mondotte Bordeaux Red
    2005 Bellevue Mondotte
    100
    RP
    Made up of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the opaque bluish/purple 2005 from Bellevue-Mondotte offers amazing chocolate espresso notes along with blueberry and blackberry lique..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    6L
    3L
    As low as $495.00
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