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. 1959 ducru beaucaillou Bordeaux Red
    1959 Ducru Beaucaillou
    100
    RP
    The 1959 Ducru-Beaucaillou has a medium to deep brick color with a touch of brown. Upon the very first sniff, a blast of exotic scents shoots out at full throttle with fantasticall..." Learn More
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    As low as $6,245.00
  2. 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
  3. 1961 ducru beaucaillou Bordeaux Red
    1961 Ducru Beaucaillou
    98
    JG
    It has now been more than a decade since I last crossed paths with a bottle of the 1961 vintage at Ducru, which remains the greatest vintage from this estate that I have ever taste..." Learn More
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    As low as $5,355.00
  4. 1961 talbot Bordeaux Red
    1961 Talbot
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    As low as $670.00
  5. 1964 leoville las cases Bordeaux Red
    1964 Leoville Las Cases
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    As low as $365.00
  6. 1967 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1967 Lafite Rothschild
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    As low as $760.00
  7. 1969 ausone Bordeaux Red
    1969 Ausone
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    As low as $545.00
  8. 1970 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1970 Lafite Rothschild
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    As low as $890.00
  9. 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
    Formats Available:
    As low as $1,065.00
  10. 1971 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1971 Lafite Rothschild
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    As low as $715.00
  11. 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
  12. 1973 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1973 Lafite Rothschild
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    As low as $805.00
  13. 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
  14. 1975 les forts de latour Bordeaux Red
    1975 Les Forts De Latour
    90
    DEC
    The wines at Latour were being made by Jean-Paul Gardère and Henri Martin in 1975. This is hugely impressive for a second wine (the label made its first appearance in the 19..." Learn More
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    As low as $265.00
  15. 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
  16. 1976 Mouton Rothschild
    1976 Mouton Rothschild
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    As low as $540.00
  17. 1976 petrus Bordeaux Red
    1976 Petrus
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    As low as $2,865.00
  18. 1978 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1978 Lafite Rothschild
    94
    WS
    Beautiful deep-garnet color, with classic Médoc flavors of plum, spice, earth and mineral. Tannic, well-balanced, mouth-filling, chewy in its intensity but needs time. Drink..." Learn More
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    As low as $935.00
  19. 1978 latour Bordeaux Red
    1978 Latour
    92
    WS
    Better than I anticipated. A sleek and racy wine.Ruby-amber color. Aromas of cedar, cigar box,tobacco, mint and mushrooms, with hints of redfruits, follow though to a medium body w..." Learn More
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    As low as $755.00
  20. 1978 leoville las cases Bordeaux Red
    1978 Leoville Las Cases
    90
    RP
    The 1978 Las Cases has taken on a garnet hue with some dark ruby tints. The nose is more complex and penetrating than the flavors. The wine offers classic, mineral, lead pencil, sm..." Learn More
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    As low as $260.00
  21. 1978 pichon lalande Bordeaux Red
    1978 Pichon Lalande
    94
    AG
    A host of Cabernet Sauvignon-infused aromas make a strong opening statement in the 1978 Pichon Lalande. There is certainly no shortage of power or character. If anything, the 1978 ..." Learn More
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    As low as $285.00
  22. 1979 cheval blanc Bordeaux Red
    1979 Cheval Blanc
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    As low as $600.00
  23. 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 $870.00
  24. 1979 latour Bordeaux Red
    1979 Latour
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    As low as $615.00
  25. 1980 Mouton Rothschild
    1980 Mouton Rothschild
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    As low as $600.00
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