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. 1970 latour Bordeaux Red
    1970 Latour
    96+
    JG
    Château Latour back in 1970 was still the longest-lived, most consistently excellent and backwards château to be found in all of Bordeaux. For many years after release,..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $1,065.00
  2. 1975 les forts de latour Bordeaux Red
    1975 Les Forts De Latour
    90
    DEC
    The wines at Latour were being made by Jean-Paul Gardère and Henri Martin in 1975. This is hugely impressive for a second wine (the label made its first appearance in the 19..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $265.00
  3. 1978 latour Bordeaux Red
    1978 Latour
    92
    WS
    Better than I anticipated. A sleek and racy wine.Ruby-amber color. Aromas of cedar, cigar box,tobacco, mint and mushrooms, with hints of redfruits, follow though to a medium body w..." Learn More
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    As low as $755.00
  4. 1979 latour Bordeaux Red
    1979 Latour
    ..." Learn More
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    As low as $615.00
  5. 1982 latour Bordeaux Red
    1982 Latour
    100
    DEC
    There are hints of brick orange around the outer edges, but this is still beautifully rich red at the core, and the warmth of the vintage’s sunshine is clear from the first m..." Learn More
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    As low as $2,195.00
  6. 1983 latour Bordeaux Red
    1983 Latour
    95
    JG
    (Château Latour (Pauillac) served from magnum) The 1983 Château Latour has never had a great reputation, and I probably had not tasted the wine since close to its relea..." Learn More
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    As low as $745.00
  7. 1984 latour Bordeaux Red
    1984 Latour
    ..." Learn More
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    As low as $630.00
  8. 1985 latour Bordeaux Red
    1985 Latour
    93
    JS
    Aromas of mint and currants with some spices. Full and velvety texture with fresh and clean fruit and a yummy finish. Drink it.James Suckling | 93 JSRich and ripe wine. Dark red co..." Learn More
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    As low as $755.00
  9. 1986 latour Bordeaux Red
    1986 Latour
    91
    RP
    The 1986 Latour has a deep ruby/purple color, and a moderately intense bouquet of mineral-scented, blackcurrant fruit intermixed with the classic walnut scents that seem to emerge ..." Learn More
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    As low as $380.00
  10. 1988 latour Bordeaux Red
    1988 Latour
    96
    WS
    So minty, with loads of subtle ripe fruit and eucalyptus undertones. Full-bodied, with ultrafine tannins and a long, long finish. Caresses every inch of the palate. It's the qualit..." Learn More
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    As low as $795.00
  11. 1989 latour Bordeaux Red
    1989 Latour
    95
    JG
    (Château Latour) The 1989 vintage of Château Latour was not considered a great year for this superb property, which was purported to have started a mini-slump after the..." Learn More
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    As low as $849.00
  12. 1990 latour Bordeaux Red
    1990 Latour
    100
    WS
    This is one of my favorite wines ever. Full-bodied, with layers of silky fruit and masses of currant, mineral and berry character. Amazing. It's a wine with perfect structure, perf..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,299.00
  13. 1991 latour Bordeaux Red
    1991 Latour
    91
    WS
    Dark ruby color. Decadent aromas of meat, figs and ripe fruit. Full-bodied, with a very good, compacted, fruity structure and a long, long, ripe fruit and earth finish. This is a s..." Learn More
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    As low as $685.00
  14. 1992 latour Bordeaux Red
    1992 Latour
    90
    WS
    Outstanding quality from a weak year. Good darkruby color. Intense aromas of chocolate, berry andcedar. Full-bodied, with firm tannins and a longfinish. Starting to show some bottl..." Learn More
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    As low as $670.00
  15. 1993 latour Bordeaux Red
    1993 Latour
    90
    JS
    Slightly oxidized with a coffee and spice character, as well as fruit. Medium body. Tea, tobacco and some fruit.James Suckling | 90 JSA terrific wine for the vintage, Latour's 1993..." Learn More
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    As low as $685.00
  16. 1994 latour Bordeaux Red
    1994 Latour
    94
    RP
    This is an interesting as well as great vintage for Latour. As indicated in my barrel tasting report, Latour's 1994 possesses an atypically high percentage of Merlot (27%) in the f..." Learn More
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    As low as $760.00
  17. 1995 latour Bordeaux Red
    1995 Latour
    96
    RP
    A beauty, the opaque dense purple-colored 1995 exhibits jammy cassis, vanillin, and minerals in its fragrant but still youthful aromatics. Medium to full-bodied, with exceptional p..." Learn More
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    As low as $929.00
  18. 1995 latour a pomerol Bordeaux Red
    1995 Latour A Pomerol
    93+
    JG
    (Château Latour à Pomerol) The 1995 Latour à Pomerol was one of the wines where we had an off bottle at our vertical, but happily, the wine is still in the mark..." Learn More
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    As low as $255.00
  19. 1995 les forts de latour Bordeaux Red
    1995 Les Forts De Latour
    90
    WS
    Intense aromas of crushed blackberries and cassis. Full-bodied, with ripe fruit and velvety tannins. Long. Slightly one-dimensional. Needs to develop.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospecti..." Learn More
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    As low as $330.00
  20. 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
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    6L
    As low as $999.00
  21. 1996 les forts de latour Bordeaux Red
    1996 Les Forts De Latour
    92
    WS
    Amazing aromas of crushed berries and fresh flowers. Full-bodied, with wonderfully velvety tannins and a long, long finish. This wine has wonderful texture and length. What a secon..." Learn More
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    As low as $355.00
  22. 1997 latour Bordeaux Red
    1997 Latour
    91
    VM
    Medium red. Roasted currant, lead pencil, grilled nuts, tobacco and minerals on the nose. Smooth, vinous and concentrated, with lovely depth of flavor and ripe acidity for the vint..." Learn More
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    As low as $715.00
  23. 1997 les forts de latour Bordeaux Red
    1997 Les Forts De Latour
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    As low as $305.00
  24. 1998 latour Bordeaux Red
    1998 Latour
    96
    W&S
    No written review provided | 96 W&SThe 1998 Latour was in fact the first vintage I ever tasted en primeur at the château. It was an early vintage after budburst on 20 March a..." Learn More
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    As low as $770.00
  25. 1999 latour Bordeaux Red
    1999 Latour
    94
    RP
    Readers looking for a modern day version of Latour's magnificent 1962 or 1971 should check out the sensational 1999 Latour. It is a big, concentrated offering, exhibiting a dense r..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,435.00
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