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. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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 $335.00
  5. 1992 mouton rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1992 Mouton Rothschild
    ..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    6L
    As low as $320.00
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 2000 haut brion Bordeaux Red
    2000 Haut Brion
    100
    DEC
    Is this as good as the 1989? Certainly it is lush and powerful, lingering and expanding in the mouth with sweet tobacco and cigar box notes, along with still young blackcurrant and..." Learn More
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    As low as $545.00
  10. 2000 lynch bages Bordeaux Red
    2000 Lynch Bages
    97
    RP
    Beginning to open magnificently, the still dense purple-colored 2000 reveals a blossoming bouquet of blackberries, cassis, graphite and pen ink. Full-bodied with velvety tannins th..." Learn More
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    As low as $195.00
  11. 2001 beaucastel chateauneuf du pape Chateauneuf du Pape
    2001 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape
    96
    JD
    Still incredibly youthful and a touch reserved (especially when compared to the ’00), the 2001 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape still needs another 5 yea..." Learn More
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    As low as $75.99
  12. 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
  13. 2001 rieussec Dessert White
    2001 Rieussec
    100
    JS
    This is a crazy wine! It’s sweet, but not sugary. Mushrooms, furniture wax, spices then dried oranges, lemons, pineapples, and just a hint of vanilla. Full-bodied, with great..." Learn More
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    As low as $75.99
  14. 2003 climens Dessert White
    2003 Climens
    97
    RP
    No written review provided | 97 RPLoads of honey, maple syrup, dried apricot and spice. Full-bodied, medium-sweet, with a refined, spicy character. Pretty wine. Masses of botrytis...." Learn More
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    As low as $50.00
  15. 2003 doisy daene cuvee lextravagance Dessert White
    2003 Doisy Daene Cuvee L'Extravagance
    99
    RP
    No written review provided | 99 RPDoesn't give much on the nose, with subtle lemon, honey, tangerine and apricot. Full-bodied and very sweet, with a long finish. Thick and compacte..." Learn More
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    As low as $235.00
  16. 2003 leoville barton Bordeaux Red
    2003 Leoville Barton
    98
    WS
    Intense blackberry and cherry, with hints of currant. Toasted oak and sweet tobacco too. Roses and other flowers, such as lilacs. Full-bodied, with masses of tannins yet incredibly..." Learn More
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    3L
    As low as $115.00
  17. 2003 leoville poyferre Bordeaux Red
    2003 Leoville Poyferre
    96
    RP
    The spectacular 2003 Leoville Poyferre exhibits a dense purple color with a touch of lightening at the edge as well as notes of creosote, barbecue smoke, jammy black currants, lico..." Learn More
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    As low as $139.00
  18. 2005 climens Dessert White
    2005 Climens
    97
    RP
    No written review provided | 97 RPOpulent apricot nose. Plump and robust, with rich mandarin fruit. A long, spicy finish. Drinking Window 2012 - 2030.Decanter | 95 DECToffee, dried..." Learn More
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    As low as $54.99
  19. 2005 dyquem Dessert White
    2005 d'Yquem
    97
    RP
    The pale to medium lemon-gold colored 2005 d'Yquem opens with a provocative, mineral and earth-tinged nose of chalk dust, wet pebbles and dried wild mushrooms over a core of warm a..." Learn More
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    As low as $305.00
  20. 2005 giscours Bordeaux Red
    2005 Giscours
    95
    JS
    This is a beautiful Giscours with tension and finesse. It's full-bodied and shows plenty of berry and spice character, not to mention a long, silky-textured finish. It seduces you ..." Learn More
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    As low as $95.00
  21. 2005 la tour blanche Dessert White
    2005 La Tour Blanche
    94
    WE
    Extravagantly rich, this is dense and supersweet initially, just balanced with acidity. The botrytis dryness is really not here at this stage, but with its elegant creamy texture, ..." Learn More
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    As low as $40.00
  22. 2005 laforge Burgundy Red
    2005 Laforge
    93
    RP
    From another of the properties of cult/boutique winemaker Jonathan Malthus, the 2005 Laforge is largely dominated by its unfiltered, old vine Merlot component. With dark chocolate,..." Learn More
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    As low as $49.99
  23. 2005 rieussec Dessert White
    2005 Rieussec
    97
    RP-NM
    The 2005 Rieussec is a blend of 90% Semillon, 8% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Muscadelle picked between 23 September and 27 October. It has a fabulous bouquet that is mineral-rich and te..." Learn More
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    As low as $39.95
  24. 2005 smith haut lafitte Bordeaux Red
    2005 Smith Haut Lafitte
    98
    JD
    The 2005s from Bordeaux continue to show youthfully, yet spectacularly well! The 2005 Smith-Haut-Lafitte is a prime example of the vintage and offers a huge, rich, concentrated sty..." Learn More
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    As low as $135.00
  25. 2006 dyquem Dessert White
    2006 d'Yquem
    96
    WS
    Lovely flavors of apricot, dried tangerine, pineapple and papaya rush along, supported by hazelnut, frangipane and coconut notes. Despite the depth, this is very, very pure, with f..." Learn More
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    As low as $305.00
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