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. 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
    Formats Available:
    6L
    As low as $10,535.00
  2. 1990 lynch bages Bordeaux Red
    1990 Lynch Bages
    99
    RP
    This magnificent Lynch Bages has been drinking well since the day it was released and it continues to go from strength to strength. The biggest, richest, fullest-bodied Lynch Bages..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    6L
    As low as $649.00
  3. 1992 mouton rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1992 Mouton Rothschild
    ..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    6L
    As low as $330.00
  4. 1995 chapoutier hermitage le pavillon Hermitage
    1995 Chapoutier Hermitage Le Pavillon
    100
    RP
    Still a youngster, the blockbuster 1995 Ermitage le Pavillon is a quintessential Hermitage in every way. Full-bodied, powerful, thick and unctuous, with tons of smoky, black, black..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    6L
    As low as $2,999.00
  5. 1996 latour Bordeaux Red
    1996 Latour
    99
    RP
    A spectacular Latour, the 1996 may be the modern day clone of the 1966, only riper. This vintage, which is so variable in Pomerol, St.-Emilion, and Graves, was fabulous for the lat..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    6L
    As low as $999.00
  6. 1996 margaux Bordeaux Red
    1996 Margaux
    100
    DEC
    Softly spoken, fine tannins, pencil lead and leather, with truffle, earth, campfire and spice. Long drawn out finish, achingly slow, crushed stone, tobacco and dried roses. As with..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    6L
    As low as $1,049.00
  7. 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
  8. 2000 cheval blanc Bordeaux Red
    2000 Cheval Blanc
    100
    AG
    A wine of exquisite aromatic depth and grace, the 2000 Cheval Blanc is fully captivating. All the elements fall into place in an effortless, gracious wine. It’s frankly hard ..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    6L
    As low as $1,199.00
  9. 2000 leglise clinet Bordeaux Red
    2000 L'eglise Clinet
    99
    JS
    Incredible concentration and richness in this wine. This is good stuff, loads of complexity with notes of flowers, vanilla, and ripe fruit. Still drinking like a baby, this is full..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    6L
    As low as $4,595.00
  10. 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
  11. 2000 tertre roteboeuf Bordeaux Red
    2000 Tertre Roteboeuf
    98
    RP
    My all-time favorite vintage of Tertre-Roteboeuf, the 2000 should age much more consistently than the rather irregular 1990 or the top-notch 1989. The 2005 should give it a run for..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    6L
    As low as $480.00
  12. 2003 margaux Bordeaux Red
    2003 Margaux
    99
    RP
    Am I being too stingy with the 2003 Chateau Margaux? A wine of extraordinary complexity and intensity, it reveals a deep purple color, a style not unlike the 1990 Margaux (possibly..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    6L
    As low as $779.00
  13. 2003 montrose Bordeaux Red
    2003 Montrose
    99
    RP
    A candidate for a perfect score, the 2003 Montrose has been a superstar since the first time I tasted it in barrel. Showing no signs of weakening, it is an amazing wine from this f..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    6L
    As low as $305.00
  14. 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
  15. 2005 chapoutier hermitage lermite Hermitage
    2005 Chapoutier Hermitage L'Ermite
    99+
    RP
    Lastly, from the very dome of the granite hill of Ermitage is the 2005 Ermitage l’Ermite. An extraordinarily powerful wine that probably needs 10-15 years in the bottle (last..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    6L
    As low as $2,475.00
  16. 2005 leglise clinet Bordeaux Red
    2005 L'eglise Clinet
    100
    RP
    Among the most saturated in color of all the 2005 Pomerols (which is saying something), this wine has a spectacular nose of licorice, mulberry, blackberry and sweet blue fruits. Th..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    6L
    3L
    As low as $560.00
  17. 2005 la mission haut brion Bordeaux Red
    2005 La Mission Haut Brion
    100
    RP
    The 2005 La Mission Haut-Brion is pure perfection. It has an absolutely extraordinary nose of sweet blackberries, cassis and spring flowers with some underlying minerality, a full-..." Learn More
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    6L
    As low as $849.00
  18. 2005 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    2005 Lafite Rothschild
    100
    JS
    An incredible nose, so subtle with red fruits, mint, minerals, and all sorts of flowers give way to Cohiba cigar tobacco. The palate has such freshness and density, with perfectly ..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    6L
    3L
    As low as $1,200.00
  19. 2005 lynch bages Bordeaux Red
    2005 Lynch Bages
    96
    JS
    A meaty and decadent Lynch with very ripe currant aromas on the nose. Full body, velvety-textured tannins and a powerful finish. It shows so much structure and fruit yet remains po..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    6L
    As low as $249.00
  20. 2005 mouton rothschild Bordeaux Red
    2005 Mouton Rothschild
    99+
    RP
    The 2005 Mouton-Rothschild has developed magnificently, and is even better than I remember. The final blend was 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc. Stunning n..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    6L
    3L
    As low as $979.00
  21. 2009 cos destournel Bordeaux Red
    2009 Cos D'estournel
    100
    JD
    Another magical wine from this property, the 2009 Château Cos D'Estournel reminds me slightly of the 2005 with its incredibly rich, powerful, opulent style married to stunnin..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    12L
    6L
    9L
    3L
    As low as $390.00
  22. 2009 haut brion Bordeaux Red
    2009 Haut Brion
    100
    JS
    Extravagant and exotic, but still lively, this is a super-concentrated and elegant wine that's already breathtaking, yet has enormous aging potential. Plenty of wet earth and mushr..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    6L
    As low as $1,055.00
  23. 2009 levangile Bordeaux Red
    2009 L'Evangile
    100
    RP
    An astonishing effort from the Rothschild family, the 2009 l’Evangile may be the reference point offering from this estate for decades to come. A blend of 95% Merlot and 5% C..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    6L
    As low as $510.00
  24. 2009 lynch bages Bordeaux Red
    2009 Lynch Bages
    98
    RP
    Performing even better from bottle than it did from barrel, this appears to be the finest Lynch Bages since the 2000, 1990 and 1989. According to the chateau, the 2009 has the high..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    6L
    3L
    As low as $165.00
  25. 2009 margaux Bordeaux Red
    2009 Margaux
    100
    DEC
    If you want to drink a Margaux 2009 any time soon, you need to go for the Pavillon - the grand vin is still extremely young, holding back its power and impact for another five or 1..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    3L
    6L
    As low as $1,115.00
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