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. 1991 ponsot chambertin Burgundy Red
    1991 Ponsot Chambertin
    96
    RP
    The 1991 Chambertin is one of the rare wines from this grand cru vineyard that justifies the price and mythical reputation. It is a great wine, with deep ruby color, and a splendid..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,245.00
  2. 1996 drc la tache Burgundy Red
    1996 DRC La Tache
    96
    BH
    Fantastically pure with the classic spice box, hoisin and soy nose followed by big, rich, very structured flavors that display notes of earth, leather and tea. The tannins are big,..." Learn More
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    As low as $8,885.00
  3. 1996 henri gouges nuits st georges les st georges Burgundy Red
    1996 Henri Gouges Nuits St Georges Les St Georges
    93
    RP
    A bottle of Gouges' 1996 Nuits-St.-Georges Les St. Georges that had been opened for 6 hours revealed a dark ruby color as well as a blackberry and licorice-scented nose. Deep, prof..." Learn More
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    As low as $329.00
  4. 1996 meo camuzet richebourg Burgundy Red
    1996 Meo Camuzet Richebourg
    96
    JG
    (Richebourg- Domaine Méo-Camuzet) I have long been a fan of Jean-Nicolas Méo’s 1996 Richebourg and the wine acquitted itself very nicely at our tasting. The bou..." Learn More
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    As low as $5,165.00
  5. 1996 mommessin clos de tart Burgundy Red
    1996 Mommessin Clos De Tart
    91
    DEC
    Still deep in colour, with elegant, pure scents more dominated now by refined spice, mushroom and violet than fruit. On the palate, the wine seemed high-cheek-boned and dramatic c..." Learn More
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    3L
    As low as $2,299.00
  6. 1998 comte de vogue musigny vieilles vignes Burgundy Red
    1998 Comte de Vogue Musigny Vieilles Vignes
    95
    VM
    Bright red-ruby. Brilliant aromas of strawberry, raspberry, cherry and bitter chocolate. Wonderfully intense, sharply delineated flavors of red berries, spices and mint; a wine of ..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,099.00
  7. 1998 joseph drouhin grands echezeaux grand cru Burgundy Red
    1998 Joseph Drouhin Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru
    91
    BH
    (Joseph Drouhin Grands Echézeaux Grand Cru Red) Transparent ruby color with intense black cherry fruit and rich, very stylish flavors. It offers excellent intensity, good fl..." Learn More
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    As low as $415.00
  8. 1999 alain hudelot noellat richebourg grand cru Burgundy Red
    1999 Alain Hudelot Noellat Richebourg Grand Cru
    95
    RP-NM
    The 1999 Richebourg Grand Cru from Hudelot-Noëllat personifies the vineyard with some style. It has a stunning, pure, elegant and effortless nose that maybe expresses that ess..." Learn More
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    As low as $2,049.00
  9. 1999 domaine gros frere et soeur richebourg grand cru Burgundy Red
    1999 Domaine Gros Frere et Soeur Richebourg Grand Cru
    93
    WS
    Rich and ripe Pinot Noir, black in color, thick in texture, pumping out the flavors. Silky midpalate reveals the pedigree of this wine. Loaded with sweet blackberry character that ..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,225.00
  10. 1999 drouhin chambertin Burgundy Red
    1999 Drouhin Chambertin
    91
    JG
    (Chambertin- Joseph Drouhin) I usually have a pretty strong preference for the Drouhin Bèze over their Chambertin, but at this particular tasting the Chambertin showed bette..." Learn More
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    As low as $669.00
  11. 1999 h. lignier gevrey chambertin Burgundy Red
    1999 H. Lignier Gevrey Chambertin
    92
    AG
    Towards the end of lunch we are in the mood for a red, so I ask Sohm to pick something out. He chooses Lignier's 1999 Gevrey-Chambertin. I wish I could convey just how gorgeous the..." Learn More
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    As low as $255.00
  12. 1999 jean grivot clos du vougeot Burgundy Red
    1999 Jean Grivot Clos du Vougeot
    91
    VM
    (Etienne Grivot told me that this was a high-VA vintage for him; my sampled had been carafed for two hours): Good full red. Empyreumatic and balsamic aromas of plum, chocolate and ..." Learn More
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    As low as $379.00
  13. 1999 jean grivot echezeaux Burgundy Red
    1999 Jean Grivot Echezeaux
    92
    VM
    Very good ruby-red. Superripe but fresh aromas of roasted red fruits, mocha, brown spices and tobacco. Lush, layered, broad and sweet; really fills the mouth with flavor. A generou..." Learn More
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    As low as $675.00
  14. 1999 jean louis trapet chambertin Burgundy Red
    1999 Jean Louis Trapet Chambertin
    97
    VM
    Dark, youthful red. Classic, somewhat sauvage aromas of black raspberry, game and roast coffee, plus a hint of menthol. Utterly silky but energetic wine with superb concentration f..." Learn More
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    As low as $699.00
  15. 1999 Louis Jadot Chambolle Musigny les Fuees
    1999 Louis Jadot Chambolle Musigny les Fuees
    90-92
    RP
    The perfumed, candied cherry-scented 1999 Chambolle-Musigny Les Fuees (domaine) is medium to dark ruby-colored. This soft, pure, and perfumed wine is lush, opulent, and sexy. Mediu..." Learn More
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    As low as $235.00
  16. 2000 drc romanee saint vivant Burgundy Red
    2000 DRC Romanee Saint Vivant
    95
    AG
    One of the most purely enjoyable wines of the evening, the 2000 Romanée St.-Vivant graces the palate with an exotic melange of Asian spices, blood orange and dried flowers o..." Learn More
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    As low as $5,735.00
  17. 2000 groffier chambertin clos de beze Burgundy Red
    2000 Groffier Chambertin Clos De Beze
    93
    RP
    An expansive, powerful, and expressive wine, the 2000 Chambertin Clos de Beze reveals lovely spiced red cherry aromas. Medium-bodied, its harmonious personality releases flavors re..." Learn More
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    As low as $669.00
  18. 2000 louis jadot chambertin clos de beze Burgundy Red
    2000 Louis Jadot Chambertin Clos de Beze
    93
    BH
    (Maison Louis Jadot Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru Red) When I sampled this from cask in February of 2002, it was awkward and troubled and I deferred judgment. Happily, t..." Learn More
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    As low as $399.00
  19. 2001 a rousseau gevrey chambertin clos st jacques Burgundy Red
    2001 A Rousseau Gevrey Chambertin Clos St Jacques
    96
    DEC
    (Domaine Armand Rousseau, Gevrey-Chambertin, 1er Cru Clos-St-Jacques, Burgundy, France, Red) Medium-full colour. Rich, concentrated, high quality nose with a touch of new oak. Full..." Learn More
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    As low as $2,725.00
  20. 2001 armand rousseau clos de la roche Burgundy Red
    2001 Armand Rousseau Clos de la Roche
    ..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,329.00
  21. 2001 dom. fourrier gevrey chamb. clos st jacques Burgundy Red
    2001 Dom. Fourrier Gevrey Chamb. Clos St Jacques
    94+
    JG
    (Gevrey-Chambertin “Clos St. Jacques”- Domaine Fourrier) The 2001 Clos St. Jacques from Jean-Marie Fourrier is a beautiful example of the vintage that is starting to re..." Learn More
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    As low as $959.00
  22. 2001 henri perrot minot charmes chambertin Burgundy Red
    2001 Henri Perrot Minot Charmes Chambertin
    92
    VM
    Deep, bright red. Perfumed aromas of cherry and rose petal. Juicy, floral and fine, with the perfumed character carrying through in the mouth. A rather delicately styled, precise b..." Learn More
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    As low as $499.00
  23. 2001 joseph drouhin bonnes mares grand cru Burgundy Red
    2001 Joseph Drouhin Bonnes Mares Grand Cru
    92
    VM
    Medium red. Sweetly oaky aromas of redcurrant, raspberry, tobacco and fresh herbs. Dense, fat and lush, with vibrant flavors of red fruits, minerals, wild herbs and earthy underbru..." Learn More
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    As low as $629.00
  24. 2001 mommessin clos de tart Burgundy Red
    2001 Mommessin Clos De Tart
    95
    BH
    (Maison Mommessin Clos de Tart Grand Cru Red) I have been in love with this wine since I first encountered it in barrel and it seems only to have gotten better and better. An elega..." Learn More
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    As low as $899.00
  25. 2001 Robert Arnoux Romanee Saint Vivant
    2001 Robert Arnoux Romanee Saint Vivant
    93
    VM
    Good bright dark red. Lively aromas of plum, violet, espresso and underbrush; a bit more primary than the Suchots. Impressively concentrated, dense and sweet, with vibrant red frui..." Learn More
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    As low as $2,999.00
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