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. 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
    Formats Available:
    As low as $879.00
  2. 1986 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1986 Lafite Rothschild
    100
    DEC
    We are in perfectly-aged claret territory here, the most beautiful impression of a wine at its plateau. It's perfectly ready to drink and is still generous, with a long life ahead ..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $1,745.00
  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
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    As low as $670.00
  4. 1989 cos destournel Bordeaux Red
    1989 Cos D'Estournel
    94
    JS
    A wonderful depth of fruit with very firm and dense tannins. It has so much character of olives, spices, and berries. It's the wine’s freshness and intensity that won me over..." Learn More
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    As low as $305.00
  5. 1990 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1990 Lafite Rothschild
    96
    RP
    Interestingly, a bottle of 1990 Lafite Rothschild I pulled from my cellar for a video blog on my web site was still buttoned down, tight, and even with extended decanting was not s..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $1,310.00
  6. 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
    As low as $499.00
  7. 1990 margaux Bordeaux Red
    1990 Margaux
    100
    RP
    I had this wine both in Seoul, Korea in February, and from my cellar in December, 2008, and it was remarkable how identical the wines smelled and tasted. It offers an extraordinary..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,599.00
  8. 1995 leglise clinet Bordeaux Red
    1995 L'Eglise Clinet
    96
    RP
    One of the vintage's most awesome wines, L'Eglise-Clinet's 1995 has been fabulous from both cask and bottle. The color is opaque purple. The wine is closed aromatically, but it doe..." Learn More
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    As low as $295.00
  9. 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
  10. 1995 montrose Bordeaux Red
    1995 Montrose
    93
    DEC
    Here we start to see the slightly austere side of Montrose, and how this helps it to age so gracefully. Exceptionally young at 22 years old, still tightly-structured and richly-sce..." Learn More
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    As low as $249.00
  11. 1996 cheval blanc Bordeaux Red
    1996 Cheval Blanc
    95
    DEC
    At 56% Cabernet Franc, this is a bright, floral Cheval Blanc, with white pepper, strawberry, mineral and oriental spice notes lingering nicely. Drinking Window 2015 - 2036Decanter ..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $679.00
  12. 1996 mouton rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1996 Mouton Rothschild
    97+
    RP
    The last time I tasted the 1996 Mouton Rothschild (maybe a couple of years ago?), I recall it was a bit broody and closed. This showing was anything but! Deep garnet in color, it s..." Learn More
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    As low as $829.00
  13. 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
  14. 2000 clos leglise Bordeaux Red
    2000 Clos L'Eglise
    96
    RP
    Seven years ago I said this was a monumental wine, and at two different recent tastings, it was a true star of the vintage. Its stunning dark plum color offers up notes of carameli..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $275.00
  15. 2000 latour Bordeaux Red
    2000 Latour
    100
    JS
    Latour has made truly great wines in the past two decades—and this is one of the best. It has fabulous aromas of black truffles, currants, raspberry and dried flowers. Mind-b..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,340.00
  16. 2000 pichon lalande Bordeaux Red
    2000 Pichon Lalande
    96
    DEC
    Of all the 2000s tasted in the line-up, this was the one that was most evolved, with melted tannins and exotic saffron spice notes. It’s a beautiful wine, very classic Pauill..." Learn More
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    As low as $445.00
  17. 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
  18. 2005 ausone Bordeaux Red
    2005 Ausone
    100
    JS
    I love the tobacco, berry, cigar box, toasty oak, ripe fruit and fresh mushroom flavors in this full-bodied red, which has ultralayered tannins and vanilla, new oak and berry chara..." Learn More
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    As low as $3,475.00
  19. 2005 cheval blanc Bordeaux Red
    2005 Cheval Blanc
    100
    JD
    A magical showing, the 2005 Chateau Cheval Blanc is a powerful, deep, incredibly massive wine by this estate’s standards, yet it nevertheless never loses a sense of elegance,..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,300.00
  20. 2005 clos fourtet Bordeaux Red
    2005 Clos Fourtet
    99
    JD
    Made from 85% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2005 Clos Fourtet is a powerhouse that does everything right and is borderline perfection in a glass. A..." Learn More
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    As low as $235.00
  21. 2005 cos destournel Bordeaux Red
    2005 Cos D'Estournel
    99
    JD
    A lesson in genuinely great wine, the 2005 Cos d’Estournel is a monster of a wine that delivers an incredible level of opulence and decadence while staying weightless and ele..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    9L
    As low as $599.00
  22. 2005 haut brion Bordeaux Red
    2005 Haut Brion
    100
    JD
    The 2005 Haut Brion is out of this world and certainly one of the finest wines I’ve ever tasted. Deeper, richer, and more concentrated than the 2000, it offers as pure an exp..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $1,099.00
  23. 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
  24. 2005 la mondotte Bordeaux Red
    2005 La Mondotte
    99
    RP
    From the tiny luxury jewel of the Neipperg family, the 2005 La Mondotte is composed of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc from a fabulous terroir. Super-rich and dense purple in col..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $1,135.00
  25. 2005 larcis ducasse Bordeaux Red
    2005 Larcis Ducasse
    100
    JD
    I’ve had many brilliant bottles of the 2005 Château Larcis Ducasse but it’s never shown as spectacularly as on this occasion. It’s a magical, phenomenal Sai..." Learn More
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    As low as $360.00
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