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. 1961 calon segur Bordeaux Red
    1961 Calon Segur
    96
    JG
    (Château Calon-Ségur) After having been snake-bitten with bad luck on a couple of occasions (cooked examples) with the 1961 Calon-Ségur, I was delighted to be s..." Learn More
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    As low as $890.00
  2. 1969 quinta vale d. maria very old tawny colheita porto Port
    1969 Quinta Vale D. Maria Very Old Tawny Colheita Porto
    96
    WE
    This limited production wine from one cask of aged tawny is amazingly concentrated. The spice, the wood flavors and the acidity have all come together to a point of supreme maturit..." Learn More
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    As low as $579.00
  3. 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
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    As low as $1,065.00
  4. 1971 petrus Bordeaux Red
    1971 Petrus
    97
    VM
    This bottle of 1971 Petrus is perhaps the best that I have encountered, completely overawing the 1970 served alongside. It boasts a gorgeous bouquet with delineated red berry fruit..." Learn More
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    As low as $5,450.00
  5. 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
  6. 1976 dyquem Dessert White
    1976 d'Yquem
    96
    RP
    The 1976 Yquem continues to go from strength to strength. Who can ignore the awesome bouquet of spices, honeyed fruit, pineapples, bananas, coconuts, and overripe melons? This full..." Learn More
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    As low as $870.00
  7. 1976 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1976 Lafite Rothschild
    96
    JS
    This is the wine of the vintage. I love the rosewater, currants and citrus character to this now. It's still full body yet so ethereal. It goes on and on in the finish turning cre..." Learn More
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    As low as $845.00
  8. 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
  9. 1982 canon Bordeaux Red
    1982 Canon
    97
    JS
    This wine shows fabulous aromas of stones and flowers with dried fruits and spices. It’s subtle yet full with ultra-fine tannins and a gorgeous, long finish. Drink now.James ..." Learn More
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    As low as $450.00
  10. 1982 cheval blanc Bordeaux Red
    1982 Cheval Blanc
    96+
    JG
    (Château Cheval Blanc) This wine has now been very shut down for the last four or five years, and though there is so much raw material here that the wine is still a joy to dr..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,585.00
  11. 1982 cos destournel Bordeaux Red
    1982 Cos D'Estournel
    97
    JD
    I loved this bottle of 1982 Cos d'Estournel, and it was easily the best bottle I’ve had of this wine, which has always shown slightly tired and over the hill for me. It shows..." Learn More
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    As low as $630.00
  12. 1982 ducru beaucaillou Bordeaux Red
    1982 Ducru Beaucaillou
    97
    JD
    The finest bottle I’ve had of this wine (which came from the estate), the 1982 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou continues to drink brilliantly and is a magical Saint-Julien. S..." Learn More
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    As low as $599.00
  13. 1982 figeac Bordeaux Red
    1982 Figeac
    95
    DEC
    The colour has been gently turning to brick ever since 2001 as we head through the vertical, and here we have a soft brick red. A legendary vintage, of course, that keeps surprisin..." Learn More
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    As low as $629.00
  14. 1982 gaja barbaresco Barbaresco
    1982 Gaja Barbaresco
    95
    DEC
    Most 1982 Barbarescos are over the hill now, but not Gaja's. Even the colour is scarcely evolved. The nose has great purity of fruit, with ripe, intense raspberry aromas. Sleek and..." Learn More
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    As low as $420.00
  15. 1982 gaja barbaresco sori tildin Barbaresco
    1982 Gaja Barbaresco Sori Tildin
    95
    AG
    The 1982 Barbaresco Sorì Tildìn, on the other hand, was awesome. It revealed superb depth in its core of generous fruit, with superb concentration as well as balance...." Learn More
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    As low as $1,455.00
  16. 1982 la conseillante Bordeaux Red
    1982 La Conseillante
    97
    DEC
    Deep in colour, and a gorgeous wine to smell: warm, fat and rich, brimming with good things – savoury notes, very soft sweet fruits,the autumn land. On the palate, it was amo..." Learn More
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    As low as $670.00
  17. 1982 lynch bages Bordeaux Red
    1982 Lynch Bages
    95
    JS
    This shows intense aromas of mint, lead pencil and currants that follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a finish with tension and freshness. Drink now.James Suckli..." Learn More
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    As low as $670.00
  18. 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
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    As low as $489.00
  19. 1982 talbot Bordeaux Red
    1982 Talbot
    95
    RP
    Along with the 1986, the 1982 is one of the greatest Talbots ever made. Far more evolved than its stablemate, Gruaud Larose, it exhibits a dense garnet color to the rim along with ..." Learn More
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    As low as $399.00
  20. 1982 vieux chateau certan Bordeaux Red
    1982 Vieux Chateau Certan
    96+
    JG
    (Vieux Château Certan) The 1982 Vieux Château Certan is an absolute classic and one of the finest vintages produced at this estate since its golden era in the late 1940..." Learn More
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    As low as $530.00
  21. 1983 climens Dessert White
    1983 Climens
    95
    WS
    Beautifully crafted, plump, very long and complex. Medium gold, lush and si lky, with lemon, fig, apricot, pear, and a particualrly elegant balance of acidity, fruit and wood. Powe..." Learn More
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    As low as $75.00
  22. 1983 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1983 Lafite Rothschild
    96
    JS
    This is Lafite. Prune and spices, with a cedar and wet tobacco character on the nose. Even tea. Full and rich with a dark China tea and cedar character. Just a hint of chocolate. O..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,160.00
  23. 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
  24. 1983 ramonet montrachet Burgundy White
    1983 Ramonet Montrachet
    97
    AG
    Ramonet’s 1983 Montrachet is simply off the charts. Orange peel, almond, graphite, smoke and a hint of petrol wrap around the palate as this dazzling Burgundy shows off its c..." Learn More
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    As low as $8,315.00
  25. 1985 haut brion Bordeaux Red
    1985 Haut Brion
    96
    JG
    (Château Haut-Brion) The 1985 Château Haut-Brion is a brilliant wine. Like the ’85 La Mission, this wine is still a bit primary and in need of further bottle age ..." Learn More
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    As low as $770.00
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