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 palmer Bordeaux Red
    1981 Palmer
    92
    JG
    (Château Palmer) The 1981 vintage at Château Palmer is really lovely middleweight and a wine that offers up lovely sappiness at the core to go along with very refined a..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $385.00
  2. 1983 palmer Bordeaux Red
    1983 Palmer
    100
    DEC
    Smoky, floral and fabulous. Violet-edged, this stands out over the 1982 for its complexity of aromatics and flavours. Brambled blackberry notes meld with soft leather and liquorice..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $819.00
  3. 1985 palmer Bordeaux Red
    1985 Palmer
    90
    RP-NM
    Tasted at the Château Palmer vertical in London, the 1985 Château Palmer was clearly a favourite amongst the participants in the tasting, although here I actually concu..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $400.00
  4. 1988 palmer Bordeaux Red
    1988 Palmer
    90
    WS
    Aromas of coffee bean, tobacco and plum follow through to a full body, with chewy tannins and a long finish. A little rustic, but rich and youthful. Chewy. It would be better with ..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $350.00
  5. 1989 palmer Bordeaux Red
    1989 Palmer
    97
    VM
    The 1989 Palmer has vied with the 1983 as the highlight of the decade, so it is fascinating to revisit it at 30 years old. It has a wonderful bouquet of degraded red berry fruit, s..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $805.00
  6. 1990 palmer Bordeaux Red
    1990 Palmer
    96
    DEC
    The last in a series of three stellar vintages with the 1988-1989-1990, with this one delivering concentrated wines in its early years that took their time to develop but are now a..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $540.00
  7. 1994 palmer Bordeaux Red
    1994 Palmer
    ..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $300.00
  8. 1995 palmer Bordeaux Red
    1995 Palmer
    97
    DEC
    The wild strawberry sweetness and curling floral aromatics of a great older Margaux is starting to creep in at this point, along with clear white pepper spice, iris flowers and gen..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $459.00
  9. 1996 palmer Bordeaux Red
    1996 Palmer
    91
    RP
    This wine, a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot, is performing well after its July, 1998 bottling. It boasts an impressively saturated purple color, i..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $450.00
  10. 1998 palmer Bordeaux Red
    1998 Palmer
    94
    VM
    The 1998 Palmer showed extremely well. Featuring blackberry, cedar and a touch of black olive on the nose, this has evolved a little since I last tasted it, yet it remains wonderfu..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $365.00
  11. 2000 palmer Bordeaux Red
    2000 Palmer
    97
    JS
    A typical Palmer showing finesse alongside strength. I love the blackberry, plum, chocolate and cedar character. It’s very long and beautiful. The velvety, textured tannins a..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $590.00
  12. 2002 palmer Bordeaux Red
    2002 Palmer
    94
    RP
    A successful wine for the vintage, this blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and 8% Petit Verdot boasts complex notes of menthol, black currants, plums, licorice, and a hin..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $365.00
  13. 2009 palmer Bordeaux Red
    2009 Palmer
    99
    JD
    I've been lucky enough to have the 2009 Château Palmer numerous times over the past handful of years, and it continues to be a primordial yet heavenly wine every time, reveal..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $485.00
  14. 2010 palmer Bordeaux Red
    2010 Palmer
    98+
    RP
    The 2010 Palmer is one of the superstars of the vintage, a blend of 54% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot, which is just slightly different than what I indicated t..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $445.00
  15. 2014 Palmer
    2014 Palmer
    97
    WE
    It's easy to call this a beautiful wine—it's dense and lush, with great layers of black fruit and acidity. The first fully biodynamic vintage from this estate has certainly y..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    3L
    As low as $1,275.00
  16. 2016 palmer Bordeaux Red
    2016 Palmer
    100
    AG
    Technical Director Thomas Duroux and his team made one of the most brilliant wines of the 2016 vintage. Palmer is simply exceptional. Rich and dramatically sweeping in the glass, t..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $400.00
  17. 2018 palmer Bordeaux Red
    2018 Palmer
    100
    AG
    The 2018 Palmer is even more impressive from bottle than it was from barrel, and that is saying something. Rich, exotic and beautifully layered, Palmer is a real head-turner in 201..." Learn More
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    As low as $589.00
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