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. 1975 la mission haut brion Bordeaux Red
    1975 La Mission Haut Brion
    97
    RP
    This is undisputably the wine of the vintage, a year that was clearly over-exposed and over-rated, largely because it was better than the four vintages that preceded it. However, i..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,395.00
  2. 1981 la mission haut brion Bordeaux Red
    1981 La Mission Haut Brion
    92
    JG
    (Château La Mission Haut-Brion) The 1981 La Mission is a very strong example of the vintage and the wine is drinking at its apogee at age thirty-five. The bouquet offers up a..." Learn More
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    As low as $500.00
  3. 1986 la mission haut brion Bordeaux Red
    1986 La Mission Haut Brion
    97
    WS
    An extremely impressive, yet slightly hard wine; still closed, but could be as great as the 1952. Dark ruby in color and very aromatic, with a rich cherry aromas. Full-bodied, with..." Learn More
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    As low as $470.00
  4. 1989 la mission haut brion Bordeaux Red
    1989 La Mission Haut Brion
    100
    RP
    Both La Mission-Haut-Brion and Haut-Brion hit home runs in this vintage, which did not produce as many profound wines as the Bordeaux publicity machine suggested. 1989, the 200th a..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,785.00
  5. 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
  6. 1995 la mission haut brion Bordeaux Red
    1995 La Mission Haut Brion
    95+
    RP
    This vintage is aging at a glacial pace and the tannins are currently more significant than their counterbalancing components of fruit and glycerin. While the word “potential..." Learn More
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    As low as $479.00
  7. 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
  8. 2000 la mission haut brion Bordeaux Red
    2000 La Mission Haut Brion
    100
    RP
    One of the wines of the vintage, the 2000 has barely budged in its evolution since it was bottled and released in 2002. After ten years in bottle, it still reveals a dense opaque p..." Learn More
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    As low as $899.00
  9. 2001 la mission haut brion Bordeaux Red
    2001 La Mission Haut Brion
    96
    RP-NM
    Perhaps one of the more overlooked vintages in recent years, the Château La Mission Haut-Brion 2001 is one of the finest wines of the vintage. Here, one is immediately taken ..." Learn More
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    As low as $425.00
  10. 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
  11. 2006 la mission haut brion Bordeaux Red
    2006 La Mission Haut Brion
    97
    DEC
    Colour still tight and inky at 10 years old. Smooth, silky, very expressive; this is so powerful it almost lulls you into a false sense of security with the tannin integration on t..." Learn More
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    As low as $339.00
  12. 2009 la mission haut brion Bordeaux Red
    2009 La Mission Haut Brion
    100
    RP
    The 2009 was not part of this vertical tasting, so I am repeating the tasting note published in issue #199 of The Wine Advocate from a tasting done in January, 2012.A candidate for..." Learn More
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    As low as $789.00
  13. 2010 la mission haut brion Bordeaux Red
    2010 La Mission Haut Brion
    100
    JS
    This is crazy. The nose is so unique with the iodine, stones and currant aromas with wet earth and mushroom. Aromas like this don't usually come out until 10 years or so in the bot..." Learn More
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    3L
    As low as $2,489.00
  14. 2016 la mission haut brion Bordeaux Red
    2016 La Mission Haut Brion
    98+
    RP
    The 2016 La Mission Haut-Brion is a blend of 57.5% Merlot and 42.5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep garnet-purple in color, it is just a little muted to begin, soon unfurling to reveal sl..." Learn More
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    As low as $485.00
  15. 2018 la mission haut brion Bordeaux Red
    2018 La Mission Haut Brion
    100
    JD
    Although it emerges from a similar terroir and the same winemaking team, the 2018 Château La Mission Haut-Brion is a dramatically different wine than the Haut-Brion and has a..." Learn More
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    As low as $410.00
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