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 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 $799.00
  2. 1983 gruaud larose Bordeaux Red
    1983 Gruaud Larose
    93
    VM
    (64% cabernet sauvignon, 29% merlot, 4% cabernet franc and 3% petit verdot): Bright medium red with an amber edge. Archetypal mature Gruaud-Larose aromas of truffle, smoked beef, e..." Learn More
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    As low as $170.00
  3. 1985 gruaud larose Bordeaux Red
    1985 Gruaud Larose
    91
    RP
    Fully mature, the dark garnet-colored 1985 exhibits notes of tapenade, earth, sweet berry and black currant fruit, and possibly a hint of black truffles. The wine is lush, medium t..." Learn More
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    As low as $190.00
  4. 1986 gruaud larose Bordeaux Red
    1986 Gruaud Larose
    97
    DEC
    Both vintages of Gruaud-Larose absolutely stand out in this lineup, and I recommend them both for thoroughly enjoyable drinking today. This was pretty monolithic when young and evo..." Learn More
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    As low as $375.00
  5. 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
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    As low as $165.00
  6. 2000 gruaud larose Bordeaux Red
    2000 Gruaud Larose
    95
    WS
    Absolutely wonderful aromas of flowers, currants and citrus. Full-bodied, yet very, very refined, with a center core of fruit that tastes like crushed raspberries and goes on and o..." Learn More
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    As low as $225.00
  7. 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
  8. 2001 gruaud larose Bordeaux Red
    2001 Gruaud Larose
    94
    WE
    What a perfumed, elegant, structured wine, with all the elements of fruit, wood, tannins just in the right place. It shows great tannins, powerful black and red berry fruits, dense..." Learn More
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    As low as $140.00
  9. 2002 gruaud larose Bordeaux Red
    2002 Gruaud Larose
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    As low as $115.00
  10. 2003 gruaud larose Bordeaux Red
    2003 Gruaud Larose
    92
    WS
    Aromas of blackberry, toasted oak, sweet tobacco and espresso. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, fruity finish. I like the texture. Best after 2010. Tasted twice, with ..." Learn More
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    As low as $99.00
  11. 2005 gruaud larose Bordeaux Red
    2005 Gruaud Larose
    94
    WE
    This tastes of great Cabernet Sauvignon, with its black currant, cedar and herbs and fresh, juicy acidity. It is as fresh as it is rich, but it has a structure of dense tannins tha..." Learn More
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    3L
    As low as $169.00
  12. 2013 gruaud larose Bordeaux Red
    2013 Gruaud Larose
    90
    WE
    Black-currant fruit and attractive acidity are layered with ripe, dark tannins and concentration. The potential is there, although it is likely be over the short term. Drink from 2..." Learn More
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    As low as $105.00
  13. 2015 gruaud larose Bordeaux Red
    2015 Gruaud Larose
    95
    JS
    Concentrated and elegant with a great harmony of dry tannins and ripeness (but no hint of overripeness), this has a long finish with a lot of drive and enormous freshness. You coul..." Learn More
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    As low as $125.00
  14. 2018 gruaud larose Bordeaux Red
    2018 Gruaud Larose
    97
    JD
    Based on 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, the 2018 Château Gruaud Larose sports a dense purple hue as well as a stunning nose of pure cr&egrav..." Learn More
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    As low as $100.00
  15. 2018 sarget de gruaud larose Bordeaux Red
    2018 Sarget de Gruaud Larose
    91-92
    JS
    A juicy and fresh red with dark berries and hints of chocolate. Medium to full body, firm and juicy tannins and a flavorful finish. Delicious already.James Suckling | 91-92 JSEarth..." Learn More
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    As low as $50.00
  16. 2019 sarget de gruaud larose Bordeaux Red
    2019 Sarget de Gruaud Larose
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    As low as $45.00
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