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. 1961 ducru beaucaillou Bordeaux Red
    1961 Ducru Beaucaillou
    98
    JG
    It has now been more than a decade since I last crossed paths with a bottle of the 1961 vintage at Ducru, which remains the greatest vintage from this estate that I have ever taste..." Learn More
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    As low as $5,355.00
  2. 1970 latour Bordeaux Red
    1970 Latour
    98
    RP
    One of the top two or three wines of the vintage (Petrus and Trotanoy are noteworthy rivals), this young, magnificent Latour is still 5-10 years away from full maturity. The opaque..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,035.00
  3. 1982 gruaud larose Bordeaux Red
    1982 Gruaud Larose
    98
    RP
    A massive wine that is clearly of first-growth quality in this vintage, the 1982 Gruaud Larose remains a youngster. A broodingly dense, thick, unctuously textured, inky/plum/garnet..." Learn More
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    As low as $780.00
  4. 1982 haut brion Bordeaux Red
    1982 Haut Brion
    98
    DEC
    A rich, dense cushioning of fruit, set against a cedar and toasted spice backdrop, makes the nose full of integrity and promise. Rich blackberry with soft menthol on the finish, th..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,410.00
  5. 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
  6. 1983 guigal cote rotie la landonne Cote Rotie
    1983 Guigal Cote Rotie la Landonne
    98
    RP
    This murky, purple/garnet-colored wine offers up an exotic nose of tea, smoked duck, licorice, truffles, and earth. Extraordinarily concentrated, and almost too rich to be called a..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,185.00
  7. 1985 leoville las cases Bordeaux Red
    1985 Leoville Las Cases
    98
    VM
    The 1985 Léoville–Las Cases is not just one of the finest vintages from this Second Growth, but one of the high points for the entirety of Bordeaux in this decade. Her..." Learn More
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    As low as $355.00
  8. 1985 mouton rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1985 Mouton Rothschild
    99
    JS
    What an awe-inspiring nose of currants, shaved lead pencil, white truffles and earth. It's full-bodied and enveloped by silky tannins that lead to an earthy, long finish. Old, trad..." Learn More
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    As low as $695.00
  9. 1986 montrose Bordeaux Red
    1986 Montrose
    98
    DEC
    (Château Montrose, St-Estèphe, Red) This is a masterclass in the ageing aromas of Bordeaux. It sits exactly at the spot at which you still have a tightening and a ment..." Learn More
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    As low as $210.00
  10. 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
  11. 1988 haut brion Bordeaux Red
    1988 Haut Brion
    98
    WS
    The wine of the vintage and one of the greatest Haut-Brions ever made. Superpowerful and ripe, with masses of spice, mint and berry character. Full-bodied, with full yet polished t..." Learn More
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    As low as $719.00
  12. 1988 krug Champagne
    1988 Krug
    98
    RP
    Krug's 1988 Brut has long numbered among my very favorite vintages for this house, with the best bottles flirting with a three-digit score. Offering up complex aromas of apricot, c..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,495.00
  13. 1988 tenuta dellornellaia masseto Super Tuscans/IGT
    1988 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto
    98
    DEC
    The vines were five years old in 1988, the age at which the plants usually begin to show a natural balance and announce their sense of place. This is the official second year for M..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,705.00
  14. 1989 cheval blanc Bordeaux Red
    1989 Cheval Blanc
    98
    DEC
    I tasted this at a separate 67 Pall Mall event a few months ago, and it has delivered just as well this time around - impressive for a 30-year-old wine, as bottle variation is inev..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,005.00
  15. 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
  16. 1989 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1989 Lafite Rothschild
    98
    DEC
    Beautiful, rich and still extremely young, this is Lafite at its gulpable, elegant, sculpted, age-defying best. Deeply-spiced cassis notes are joined by touches of cedar - the resu..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,130.00
  17. 1989 lafleur Bordeaux Red
    1989 Lafleur
    99
    JS
    I am almost always in awe of Lafleur and this is one of the best. This is so subtle at first, but then the enchanting aromas of olive leaves, ivy, licorice, tar and treacle wash ov..." Learn More
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    As low as $2,169.00
  18. 1989 leoville las cases Bordeaux Red
    1989 Leoville Las Cases
    98
    DEC
    1989 was an early year, with flowering three weeks ahead of usual. Now at 30 years old, a floral aspect curls out of the glass, with touches of roses and peonies, followed on the p..." Learn More
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    As low as $455.00
  19. 1989 lynch bages Bordeaux Red
    1989 Lynch Bages
    99+
    RP
    The 1989 has taken forever to shed its formidable tannins, but what a great vintage of Lynch Bages! I would rank it at the top of the pyramid although the 1990, 2000, and down the ..." Learn More
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    As low as $589.00
  20. 1989 montrose Bordeaux Red
    1989 Montrose
    99
    JS
    This was yet another wine I drunk with wine collector friends in Bangkok – the city is truly buzzing when it comes to wine and when you know where to look! On the nose, there..." Learn More
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    As low as $919.00
  21. 1989 mouton rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1989 Mouton Rothschild
    98
    JS
    Freshly picked blackberries turn into minty dark chocolate and oozing caramel with domineering eucalyptus on the nose. It becomes yet more complex on the palate thanks to layers up..." Learn More
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    As low as $720.00
  22. 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
  23. 1990 haut brion Bordeaux Red
    1990 Haut Brion
    98
    RP
    1990: In terms of the brilliant complexity and nobility of the aromatics, scorched earth, black currants, plums, charcoal, cedar, and spices, the 1990 offers an aromatic explosion ..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,299.00
  24. 1990 la mission haut brion Bordeaux Red
    1990 La Mission Haut Brion
    99
    RP
    Reminiscing over the 1989 and 1990 vintages, which I have followed from birth, there always seemed to be a dramatic difference in quality. Not that the 1990 was not a top wine, but..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,189.00
  25. 1990 le pin Bordeaux Red
    1990 Le Pin
    99
    WS
    This offers a perfect marriage of lightly mulled raspberry and boysenberry fruit, with delightful allspice, juniper and alder notes that are so fine-grained they have a cashmere fe..." Learn More
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    As low as $7,670.00
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