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. 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
    Formats Available:
    As low as $895.00
  2. 1982 ducru beaucaillou Bordeaux Red
    1982 Ducru Beaucaillou
    97
    JD
    The finest bottle I’ve had of this wine (which came from the estate), the 1982 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou continues to drink brilliantly and is a magical Saint-Julien. S..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $539.00
  3. 1982 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1982 Lafite Rothschild
    98
    DEC
    As with the last time I drank this wine two years ago, it is still full of life and energy, with that classic Lafite quality of effortless drinkability. Utterly moreish, it has an ..." Learn More
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    As low as $7,100.00
  4. 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
    As low as $840.00
  5. 1982 montrose Bordeaux Red
    1982 Montrose
    96
    DEC
    Under the ownership of Jean-Louis Charmolüe (who remained in place from 1960 until 2006 and who just died in January of this year). Gorgeous, brick-edged, soft brambled fruit,..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $929.00
  6. 1982 mouton rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1982 Mouton Rothschild
    100
    JD
    A wine that’s singing today, the 1982 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild is one of those wines that needs to be tasted to be believed. It almost has a California Cabernet-like sexines..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $2,399.00
  7. 1986 beychevelle Bordeaux Red
    1986 Beychevelle
    94
    JG
    (Château Beychevelle) The 1986 vintage has produced a fine, fine example of Château Beychevelle, but this wine is still several years climbing and needs more time in th..." Learn More
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    As low as $225.00
  8. 1986 leoville las cases Bordeaux Red
    1986 Leoville Las Cases
    100
    DEC
    Michel Delon, then owner, believed this to be the greatest wine he ever made. It's not often the case that wines with this much expectation riding on them live up to the hype, but ..." Learn More
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    6L
    As low as $669.00
  9. 1987 mouton rothschild Bordeaux Red
    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
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    As low as $595.00
  10. 1988 montrose Bordeaux Red
    1988 Montrose
    93
    JS
    Very fresh still with a licorice and floral character that turned to sweet tobacco and plums. Full and silky, with ripe and fine tannins. Wonderful to drink now.James Suckling | 93..." Learn More
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    As low as $235.00
  11. 1990 gruaud larose Bordeaux Red
    1990 Gruaud Larose
    96
    RP
    This wine continues to get better and better and is certainly one of the great successes in what is a profound vintage for Bordeaux. While the wine still tastes young, it is alread..." Learn More
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    As low as $329.00
  12. 1990 leoville poyferre Bordeaux Red
    1990 Leoville Poyferre
    97
    RP
    Absolutely spectacular, the1990 Leoville Poyferre is much more evolved than either of its two Leoville neighbors. Its opaque plum/garnet color is accompanied by a gorgeous bouquet ..." Learn More
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    As low as $579.00
  13. 1990 mouton rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1990 Mouton Rothschild
    91
    DEC
    A time of serious changes at Mouton, with Baron Philippe de Rothschild passing away in 1988 after having overseen seven decades worth of harvests, and his longtime winemaker Raoul ..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $310.00
  14. 1992 mouton rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1992 Mouton Rothschild
    ..." Learn More
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    6L
    As low as $310.00
  15. 1993 Mouton Rothschild
    1993 Mouton Rothschild
    90
    DEC
    1993 was not a great year, with rainfall in September spoiling what had looked like a very fine vintage. The 1993 Mouton is perhaps better known for the controversial label by Balt..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $1,075.00
  16. 1994 margaux Bordeaux Red
    1994 Margaux
    91+
    RP
    This largely forgotten vintage seems to have turned the corner in the last year or two. Because of strict selections made at the top chateaux, the wines always had density, but the..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $660.00
  17. 1995 cheval blanc Bordeaux Red
    1995 Cheval Blanc
    93+
    VM
    (a 53/47 blend of cabernet franc and merlot; 13% alcohol; yield of 45 h/h): Bright red. Pure aromas of strawberry, flowers, soy sauce, espresso and minerals. Then clean and straigh..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,425.00
  18. 1995 la mission haut brion Bordeaux Red
    1995 La Mission Haut Brion
    95+
    RP
    This vintage is aging at a glacial pace and the tannins are currently more significant than their counterbalancing components of fruit and glycerin. While the word “potential..." Learn More
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    As low as $479.00
  19. 1995 leoville las cases Bordeaux Red
    1995 Leoville Las Cases
    97
    JS
    I love the aromas here with forest flowers, wild mushrooms and tobacco, as well as currants. Full and very layered with creamy tannins that caress your palate. So long and enticing..." Learn More
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    As low as $339.00
  20. 1995 pichon lalande Bordeaux Red
    1995 Pichon Lalande
    96
    RP
    What sumptuous pleasures await those who purchase either the 1996 or 1995 Pichon-Lalande. It is hard to choose a favorite, although the 1995 is a smoother, more immediately sexy an..." Learn More
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    As low as $219.00
  21. 1996 leoville barton Bordeaux Red
    1996 Leoville Barton
    93
    RP-NM
    The 1996 Leoville Barton appears more youthful than the 1996 Langoa Barton in the glass with a healthy deep garnet core. The aromatics unfurl gracefully in the glass revealing bria..." Learn More
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    As low as $410.00
  22. 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
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    As low as $475.00
  23. 1997 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1997 Lafite Rothschild
    92
    RP
    Only 26% of the crop made it into the final blend, resulting in only 15,000 cases of the 1997 Lafite-Rothschild. Readers should not ignore this wine because of the negative press s..." Learn More
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    As low as $2,180.00
  24. 1997 Mouton Rothschild
    1997 Mouton Rothschild
    91
    DEC
    A medium-bodied, lighter style of Mouton. Paler in colour, this has a cool, leafy, slightly herbal character with some cooked fruit on the nose. Fresh, black and raspberry characte..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,245.00
  25. 1999 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1999 Lafite Rothschild
    95
    RP
    The 1999 Lafite Rothschild sports an engraved "1999" on the bottle along with an eclipse to mark that significant historical event of August, 1999. It is a quintessential..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,045.00
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