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. 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
  2. 1986 latour Bordeaux Red
    1986 Latour
    91
    RP
    The 1986 Latour has a deep ruby/purple color, and a moderately intense bouquet of mineral-scented, blackcurrant fruit intermixed with the classic walnut scents that seem to emerge ..." Learn More
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    As low as $380.00
  3. 1986 mouton rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1986 Mouton Rothschild
    100
    DEC
    Wonderful, concentrated and still astonishingly young, this has brushes of violet aromatics rising above the tight cassis fruits and rich black truffle, and the classic menthol edg..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $670.00
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
    Formats Available:
    As low as $165.00
  7. 1992 mouton rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1992 Mouton Rothschild
    ..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    6L
    As low as $330.00
  8. 1995 langelus Bordeaux Red
    1995 L'Angelus
    95
    WS
    Crushed berry and dark chocolate. Slightly reserved in the nose. Full-bodied, with loads of layered, velvety tannins. Big, yet refined and beautiful. Long and caressing. Give this ..." Learn More
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    As low as $285.00
  9. 1997 quinta do noval vintage port Port
    1997 Quinta Do Noval Vintage Port
    100
    RP
    The 1997 vintage port is the greatest Quinta do Noval I have ever tasted. The wine of the vintage, this black/purple-colored port boasts fabulous aromatics (espresso, blackberries,..." Learn More
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    As low as $215.00
  10. 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
  11. 1998 la mission haut brion Bordeaux Red
    1998 La Mission Haut Brion
    98
    JD
    Just a spectacular wine in every sense, the 1998 is now fully mature yet still youthful, with a vivid ruby hue and little in the way of any bricking. Offering a kaleidoscope-like n..." Learn More
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    As low as $315.00
  12. 2000 de fieuzal Bordeaux Red
    2000 De Fieuzal
    90
    RP
    Aromas of lead pencil, tobacco leaf, licorice, and creme de cassis are offered in an outstanding, medium to full-bodied, concentrated style. There is tremendous purity as well as f..." Learn More
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    As low as $39.99
  13. 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 $200.00
  14. 2000 sarget de gruaud larose Bordeaux Red
    2000 Sarget de Gruaud Larose
    91
    WS
    This château made a classic grand vin and the second wine is outstanding. Very rich and plummy on the nose. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and plenty of fruit on the finish...." Learn More
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    As low as $39.99
  15. 2001 leoville barton Bordeaux Red
    2001 Leoville Barton
    96
    WE
    A wonderfully firm, concentrated wine that walks a fine, balanced line between richness and poised structure. It is classic in the best sense, showing all the shape of a fine Borde..." Learn More
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    As low as $90.00
  16. 2001 suduiraut sauternes Dessert White
    2001 Suduiraut Sauternes
    98
    RP
    A prodigious effort, possibly the finest Suduiraut since 1959, the medium gold-colored 2001 offers notes of creme brulee, caramelized citrus, Grand Marnier, honeysuckle, and other ..." Learn More
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    As low as $59.99
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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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    As low as $115.00
  20. 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
  21. 2003 rieussec Dessert White
    2003 Rieussec
    97
    JS
    So rich and powerful with so much dried apricots and citrus aromas and flavors. Caramel and toffee. Full and very sweet. Amazing.James Suckling | 97 JSNo written review provided | ..." Learn More
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    As low as $31.95
  22. 2005 climens Dessert White
    2005 Climens
    95
    DEC
    Opulent apricot nose. Plump and robust, with rich mandarin fruit. A long, spicy finish. Drinking Window 2012 - 2030.Decanter | 95 DECToffee, dried lemon rind and tropical fruit on ..." Learn More
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    As low as $60.00
  23. 2005 la conseillante Bordeaux Red
    2005 La Conseillante
    98
    JS
    This really does have a wonderful texture that is reminiscent of great pinot noir while remaining obviously cabernet franc and merlot. It shows a seductive nose of cream, berries, ..." Learn More
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    As low as $229.00
  24. 2007 dyquem Dessert White
    2007 d'Yquem
    98+
    RP
    Pale to medium gold colored, the 2007 d'Yquem delivers powerful scents of tropical fruits—dried mangoes and pineapple paste—accented by acacia honey, toasted almonds an..." Learn More
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    As low as $215.00
  25. 2009 cheval blanc Bordeaux Red
    2009 Cheval Blanc
    100
    DEC
    A profoundly generous wine with coffee grounds and patisserie notes revealing grilled oak that's subtle but extremely pleasing. The quality of the tannins is exceptional - they are..." Learn More
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    As low as $679.00
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