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 montrose Bordeaux Red
    1982 Montrose
    96
    DEC
    Under the ownership of Jean-Louis Charmolüe (who remained in place from 1960 until 2006 and who just died in January of this year). Gorgeous, brick-edged, soft brambled fruit,..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $489.00
  2. 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
    Formats Available:
    As low as $205.00
  3. 1988 montrose Bordeaux Red
    1988 Montrose
    93
    JS
    Very fresh still with a licorice and floral character that turned to sweet tobacco and plums. Full and silky, with ripe and fine tannins. Wonderful to drink now.James Suckling | 93..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $230.00
  4. 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
    Formats Available:
    As low as $899.00
  5. 1990 montrose Bordeaux Red
    1990 Montrose
    100
    RP
    The final blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc was harvested between September 14 and October 3. The spring was cold, yet summer was extremely hot and ..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $949.00
  6. 1994 montrose Bordeaux Red
    1994 Montrose
    92
    JS
    There can be no doubt that 1994 is generally a vintage to be forgotten for Bordeaux, particularly for the Left Bank. Incessant rain from mid-September caused huge problems in the v..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $165.00
  7. 1995 montrose Bordeaux Red
    1995 Montrose
    93
    DEC
    Here we start to see the slightly austere side of Montrose, and how this helps it to age so gracefully. Exceptionally young at 22 years old, still tightly-structured and richly-sce..." Learn More
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    As low as $249.00
  8. 1996 montrose Bordeaux Red
    1996 Montrose
    96
    RP-NM
    Tasted at the vertical in London, I have instead used the tasting note from a bottle opened at the property when I visited just a couple of weeks later. The 1996 Montrose is a blen..." Learn More
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    As low as $349.00
  9. 1998 montrose Bordeaux Red
    1998 Montrose
    92
    DEC
    Not a great vintage (very hot August, rain in the last half of September), but the Merlot was luscious and wines made from the best plots of Cabernet were very rich. Perfectly evol..." Learn More
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    As low as $190.00
  10. 2000 montrose Bordeaux Red
    2000 Montrose
    97
    DEC
    This is dense and inky in colour with a nose that has layers of soft tobacco combined with rich cassis fruits and liquorice. On the palate, it just powers on through, with complete..." Learn More
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    As low as $245.00
  11. 2001 montrose Bordeaux Red
    2001 Montrose
    93+
    RP-NM
    Tasted at the château, the 2001 Montrose is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot picked between 24 September and 9 October. It..." Learn More
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    As low as $255.00
  12. 2002 montrose Bordeaux Red
    2002 Montrose
    92
    WS
    Very pretty aromas of blackberries, spices and milk chocolate. Medium- to full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and a silky mouthfeel. Still tight but refined and long. Just as I..." Learn More
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    As low as $170.00
  13. 2003 montrose Bordeaux Red
    2003 Montrose
    99
    RP
    A candidate for a perfect score, the 2003 Montrose has been a superstar since the first time I tasted it in barrel. Showing no signs of weakening, it is an amazing wine from this f..." Learn More
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    6L
    As low as $305.00
  14. 2004 montrose Bordeaux Red
    2004 Montrose
    93
    JS
    This one of my favorite 2004 Bordeaux to drink at the moment. It shows lovely sweet tobacco, flowers and currants on the nose and palate. It’s full-to-medium-bodied, with sil..." Learn More
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    As low as $145.00
  15. 2005 montrose Bordeaux Red
    2005 Montrose
    98
    RP
    The 2005 Montrose continues to show brilliantly, unwinding in the glass with notes of blackcurrant, red fruits, loamy soil, black truffles and cigar ash. Full-bodied, deep and conc..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    3L
    As low as $239.00
  16. 2006 montrose Bordeaux Red
    2006 Montrose
    95
    DEC
    Beautiful, rich and incredibly softly textured, this is still very young. Also supremely measured and stately, with buttery tannins. The palate is just starting to show truffles an..." Learn More
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    3L
    As low as $699.00
  17. 2009 montrose Bordeaux Red
    2009 Montrose
    100
    RP
    Harvested between September 17 and October 5, this wine seems always open for business, so to speak, much like the great 1982s. The summer of 2009 was very hot and dry, which got t..." Learn More
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    As low as $365.00
  18. 2010 montrose Bordeaux Red
    2010 Montrose
    99
    RP
    Deep garnet colored, the 2010 Montrose opens with classic notions of warm blackcurrants, plum preserves, cedar chest and pencil shavings plus touches of menthol and underbrush. Ful..." Learn More
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    As low as $199.00
  19. 2013 montrose Bordeaux Red
    2013 Montrose
    95
    WE
    This is a firm wine although with superb fruit. It is structured and dense, dark with tarry tannins as well as juicy fruitiness. It is a powerful wine that certainly has the freshn..." Learn More
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    As low as $215.00
  20. 2016 montrose Bordeaux Red
    2016 Montrose
    100
    JD
    Unquestionably one of the top 2-3 wines of the vintage, the 2016 Château Montrose is a monument in the making. Checking in as a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, a..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    6L
    As low as $2,525.00
  21. 2017 montrose Bordeaux Red
    2017 Montrose
    98
    RP
    Composed of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and a 1% splash of Petit Verdot, the 2017 Montrose wine was run off into 60% new and 40% one-year old barrels wher..." Learn More
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    As low as $175.00
  22. 2019 montrose Bordeaux Red
    2019 Montrose
    100
    AG
    The 2019 Montrose is very clearly one of the wines of the vintage. Rich, inky and towering in concentration, the 2019 possesses off the charts intensity and tons of structure to ba..." Learn More
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    As low as $100.00
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