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. 1981 margaux Bordeaux Red
    1981 Margaux
    95
    WS
    The other wine of the vintage. Seriously powerful with fabulous color and mint, cassis and berry aromas and flavors. Has a full body and is tannic; still needs time to come around...." Learn More
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    As low as $585.00
  2. 1982 margaux Bordeaux Red
    1982 Margaux
    100
    DEC
    Still loaded up with firm tannins, this is a rich, gorgeous wine, with complex, smoky, pencil lead and graphite notes through the mid palate, before things soften to a cigar box an..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,529.00
  3. 1983 margaux Bordeaux Red
    1983 Margaux
    98
    DEC
    Gorgeous as ever, even if the 1982 is standing up a little more strongly today. This is still full of tannins, rich and textured fruit and lilting freshness, fragrant, concentrated..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,089.00
  4. 1984 margaux Bordeaux Red
    1984 Margaux
    91
    WS
    No written reviews provided | 91 WS..." Learn More
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    As low as $630.00
  5. 1985 margaux Bordeaux Red
    1985 Margaux
    95
    DEC
    On this tasting, Margaux 1985 is holding up the best of the Firsts, with the seductive opulence and caressing fruits that have been a marker of this wine for much of its life, now ..." Learn More
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    As low as $899.00
  6. 1985 pavillon rouge Bordeaux Red
    1985 Pavillon Rouge
    93
    WS
    Rich and massive but elegant too. It's loaded with berry, cassis and mint flavors and a wallop of tannin and oak. But it's pretty and refined, and this is just Margaux's second lab..." Learn More
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    As low as $255.00
  7. 1986 margaux Bordeaux Red
    1986 Margaux
    98+
    AG
    The 1986 Chateau Margaux was even more emotionally moving. Still incredibly youthful, it showed incredible focus and depth, all backed up by considerable structure. As hard as it m..." Learn More
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    As low as $899.00
  8. 1988 margaux Bordeaux Red
    1988 Margaux
    95
    WS
    This has both sinew and flesh, with taut dried red currant, blackberry and plum skin notes that are forced to expand outward as the core of black tea, charcoal, plum paste and dark..." Learn More
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    As low as $735.00
  9. 1989 margaux Bordeaux Red
    1989 Margaux
    97
    WS
    This is about as alluring as it gets aromatically, with singed alder, juniper, bay and charcoal notes out front, hinting at power but turning beguiling as they flow into the core o..." Learn More
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    As low as $849.00
  10. 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
  11. 1991 margaux Bordeaux Red
    1991 Margaux
    ..." Learn More
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    As low as $590.00
  12. 1992 margaux Bordeaux Red
    1992 Margaux
    ..." Learn More
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    As low as $590.00
  13. 1994 margaux Bordeaux Red
    1994 Margaux
    91+
    RP
    This largely forgotten vintage seems to have turned the corner in the last year or two. Because of strict selections made at the top chateaux, the wines always had density, but the..." Learn More
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    As low as $680.00
  14. 1995 margaux Bordeaux Red
    1995 Margaux
    97
    WS
    This still broods seriously, with dark plum, currant and blackberry fruit, studded with charcoal, singed tobacco and cedar notes and backed by a serious grip of roasted earth. The ..." Learn More
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    As low as $769.00
  15. 1996 margaux Bordeaux Red
    1996 Margaux
    100
    DEC
    Softly spoken, fine tannins, pencil lead and leather, with truffle, earth, campfire and spice. Long drawn out finish, achingly slow, crushed stone, tobacco and dried roses. As with..." Learn More
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    6L
    As low as $1,049.00
  16. 1997 margaux Bordeaux Red
    1997 Margaux
    91
    VM
    Medium red-ruby. Confectionary aromas of raspberry, cocoa powder, mocha and sexy oak; more evolved than either the '99 or '98, even considering its extra year of age. Fat, sweet an..." Learn More
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    As low as $630.00
  17. 1998 pavillon rouge Bordeaux Red
    1998 Pavillon Rouge
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    As low as $280.00
  18. 1999 margaux Bordeaux Red
    1999 Margaux
    94
    RP
    The 1999 Château Margaux is an immensely charming wine that's drinking beautifully today from both bottle and, in this case, magnum. Bursting with aromas of blackcurrants, bl..." Learn More
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    As low as $745.00
  19. 1999 pavillon rouge Bordeaux Red
    1999 Pavillon Rouge
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    As low as $285.00
  20. 2000 margaux Bordeaux Red
    2000 Margaux
    100
    DEC
    Violet and iris aromatics curling out of the glass, starting to reach their full expression at 20 years old. Beautifully finessed and elegant, with hints of black truffle, cloves a..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,360.00
  21. 2000 pavillon rouge Bordeaux Red
    2000 Pavillon Rouge
    94
    WS
    Glorious aromas of freshly picked raspberries, with tiny hints of cream and minerals. Full-bodied, with superfine tannins and a long, long finish of berries and cherries. Super sec..." Learn More
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    As low as $340.00
  22. 2002 margaux Bordeaux Red
    2002 Margaux
    93
    RP
    Performing better from bottle than at any time in cask (which of course is the objective of great winemaking, isn’t it?), this wine reveals a dense ruby/purple color in a sty..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,200.00
  23. 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
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    6L
    As low as $779.00
  24. 2004 margaux Bordeaux Red
    2004 Margaux
    96
    W&S
    Tasted from barrel in 2005, this wine showed the freshness of the vintage in its bright woodland-berry scent before settling into tannins that felt mineral, powerful and black. Dir..." Learn More
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    As low as $625.00
  25. 2005 margaux Bordeaux Red
    2005 Margaux
    100
    JS
    The nose on this seems more concentrated than the 2000, and the purity of fruit is stunning, with blueberries, raspberries, fresh flowers, and hints of licorice. This is perfect an..." Learn More
    As low as $1,095.00
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