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. 1949 calon segur Bordeaux Red
    1949 Calon Segur
    94
    AG
    Sweet dried cherry, tobacco, mint, dried flowers and licorice all grace the 1949 Calon-Ségur. Sublime, gracious and nicely mellowed by the passage of time, the 1949 is just ..." Learn More
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    As low as $970.00
  2. 1979 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1979 Lafite Rothschild
    92
    WS
    Fruity, deep and firm, filled with plum and cherry, backed by youthful, stiff tannins. Needs time for complexity to develop. Try in 1995.--Lafite Rothschild vertical.Wine Spectator..." Learn More
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    As low as $920.00
  3. 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
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    As low as $420.00
  4. 1982 calon segur Bordeaux Red
    1982 Calon Segur
    94+
    RP
    Like Certan de May, I bought this in both half and 750 ml bottles. Only recently have the half bottles reached full maturity, and the 750 ml remains a massive, backward wine for lo..." Learn More
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    As low as $395.00
  5. 1983 leoville las cases Bordeaux Red
    1983 Leoville Las Cases
    94
    DEC
    Again so young, almost not ready to drink but if you are patient things open up and start to sing. The tannic structure on this wine is just so impressive, still doing a good job o..." Learn More
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    As low as $625.00
  6. 1983 petrus Bordeaux Red
    1983 Petrus
    93
    WS
    What you'd expect from such a legendary estate. Wonderful palate impression with silky, rich fruit. Plenty of blackberry and chocolate character, has a full body and medium finish...." Learn More
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    As low as $4,020.00
  7. 1984 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1984 Lafite Rothschild
    94
    JS
    Orange peel, stewed tea and slight metallic undertone. Full-bodied, with a tangy and funky undertone. Not completely clean, but wonderful.James Suckling | 94 JS..." Learn More
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    As low as $885.00
  8. 1984 Mouton Rothschild
    1984 Mouton Rothschild
    92
    WS
    No written review provided. | 92 WS..." Learn More
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    As low as $580.00
  9. 1985 cos destournel Bordeaux Red
    1985 Cos D'Estournel
    93
    RP
    The 1985 from cask could have been a lighter version of the 1982 and 1953 vintages. Forward, with a fabulously scented bouquet of pain grille and concentrated red and black fruits ..." Learn More
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    As low as $315.00
  10. 1985 ducru beaucaillou Bordeaux Red
    1985 Ducru Beaucaillou
    92
    RP
    A wine of extraordinary charm and elegance, the dark garnet-colored 1985 Ducru-Beaucaillou has a floral, cedary nose intermixed with red and black currants as well as flowers. The ..." Learn More
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    As low as $295.00
  11. 1985 fonseca Port
    1985 Fonseca
    93
    RP-NM
    The 1985 Fonseca is still youthful in appearance with hardly any ageing on the rim. The nose offers kirsch, sloes and Christmas cake. With time, there are subtle notes of dried fig..." Learn More
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    As low as $94.95
  12. 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
  13. 1985 petrus Bordeaux Red
    1985 Petrus
    93
    WS
    Another superb bottle from Pétrus. Solid as a rock with mint, raspberry, cherry and tar character, full body and firm tannins. Needs time. Try after 1998.--The Bordeaux 50.W..." Learn More
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    As low as $3,695.00
  14. 1985 pichon lalande Bordeaux Red
    1985 Pichon Lalande
    93
    JG
    (Château Pichon-Lalande) While I have been a big fan of the 1985 vintage in Bordeaux for many years and have written quite a bit about these wines in recent times, I had not ..." Learn More
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    As low as $475.00
  15. 1986 cheval blanc Bordeaux Red
    1986 Cheval Blanc
    93+
    JG
    (Château Cheval Blanc) The 1986 Cheval Blanc is a beautiful wine and one of the sleeper vintages for this fine estate in the decade of the 1980s. The really refined and lovel..." Learn More
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    As low as $805.00
  16. 1986 lafaurie peyraguey Dessert White
    1986 Lafaurie Peyraguey
    94
    JG
    (Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey (Sauternes)) In the US market, this was the first vintage of Lafaurie-Peyraguey that really caught the imagination of Bordeaux lovers and it was v..." Learn More
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    As low as $79.95
  17. 1986 Lynch Bages
    1986 Lynch Bages
    94
    RP
    The 1986 is finally emerging from the dormant stage that many of the wines from this vintage (especially the Medocs) have been going through. It is a full-bodied, still backward wi..." Learn More
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    As low as $299.00
  18. 1986 Mouton Baronne Philippe
    1986 Mouton Baronne Philippe
    93
    WS
    Classic Pauillac aromas of rich, thick currant and black cherry with distinct cedary flavors that are very concentrated and wrapped in firm tannins. Beautifully focused and built f..." Learn More
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    As low as $120.00
  19. 1986 palmer Bordeaux Red
    1986 Palmer
    94
    WS
    Smooth and succulent, with attractive earth, tobacco and cassis aromas and flavors. Despite its intensity and concentration, it never loses its sense of balance and harmony.Wine Sp..." Learn More
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    As low as $450.00
  20. 1986 petrus Bordeaux Red
    1986 Petrus
    92
    WS
    Dark red, with an amber edge. Aromas of chocolate, stewed berries, Merlot and raisins. Full-bodied, velvety and rich. Lovely palate. Delicious now, but will hold on. An autumnal wi..." Learn More
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    As low as $4,170.00
  21. 1987 silverado napa cabernet sauvignon California Red
    1987 Silverado Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
    92
    WS
    Smooth, ripe and harmonious, with layers of black cherry, plum, currant and anise, finishing with a smooth texture and a long, lingering aftertaste.--1987 California Cabernet horiz..." Learn More
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    As low as $239.00
  22. 1988 cheval blanc Bordeaux Red
    1988 Cheval Blanc
    93
    WS
    Berry, cherry and chocolate on the nose, with hints of spices. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a spicy, cedary, dark chocolate aftertaste. Very silky and caressing. Grabs your ..." Learn More
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    As low as $815.00
  23. 1988 felsina fontalloro Super Tuscan/IGT
    1988 Felsina Fontalloro
    93
    WS
    A superbly structured wine, with impressive aromas and flavors of violets, berries and mint. Its full body and super tannins set up well for the concentrated, fruity finish. Try af..." Learn More
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    As low as $150.00
  24. 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
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    As low as $415.00
  25. 1989 canon la gaffeliere Bordeaux Red
    1989 Canon la Gaffeliere
    92
    DEC
    Elegant, finely boned yet still luscious, this has sweet strawberry and raspberry notes with touches of truffle. It seems at its peak, really enjoyable to drink now but it is not o..." Learn More
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    As low as $180.00
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