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. 1990 veuve clicquot la grande dame Champagne
    1990 Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame
    96
    DEC
    Fine burnished gold, apt for a 30 year old Champagne – alive and kicking. What impresses is the fresh Chardonnay, which balances the opulence of 1990 mature Pinot opulence. A..." Learn More
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    As low as $995.00
  2. 1995 krug Champagne
    1995 Krug
    98
    WS
    A very youthful '95. Delicate. Intense aromas of ginger, citrus, candied berry and multigrain bread turn to honey, roasted almonds and graphite on the palate. It's all underscored ..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $2,035.00
  3. 1996 Bollinger R.D.
    1996 Bollinger R.D.
    97
    JS
    I have drunk this a half dozen times in the last six months and it always amazes me. The Recently Disgorged Bolly is ultra rich with yeast and spice and bread. It's tight and in re..." Learn More
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    As low as $515.00
  4. 1996 krug Champagne
    1996 Krug
    100
    W&S
    It's hard to imagine how a wine of this power can sustain perfect balance. What is now a more nonchalant intensity in the aroma was, in fact, too much to handle when we tasted this..." Learn More
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    As low as $965.00
  5. 2004 bollinger r.d. Champagne
    2004 Bollinger R.D.
    98
    W&S
    Time has graced this wine, proving the value of Bollinger’s policy of long aging on the lees followed by prompt release after disgorgement. This RD (Recently Disgorged) 2004 ..." Learn More
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    As low as $250.00
  6. 2004 philipponnat clos des goisses Champagne
    2004 Philipponnat Clos des Goisses
    97
    AG
    The 2004 Clos des Goisses is dense and powerful in the glass, with all of the pure, unbridled energy that has always been such a signature here. Hints of lemon peel, mint, spice an..." Learn More
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    As low as $295.00
  7. 2004 veuve clicquot la grande dame Champagne
    2004 Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame
    94
    DEC
    (Veuve Clicquot, La Grande Dame, Champagne, France, White) Subtle gold presages latent power, alchemy at work. Here we meet La Grande Dame at her most elegant, the wine’s arc..." Learn More
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    As low as $220.00
  8. 2005 taittinger comtes de champagne Champagne
    2005 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne
    95+
    JG
    (Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut (Reims)) The 2005 Comtes de Champagne is a stunning young wine. The bouquet is deep, pure and youthfully complex, as it offers ..." Learn More
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    As low as $235.00
  9. 2005 taittinger comtes de champagne rose Champagne (Rose)
    2005 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rose
    95+
    JG
    (Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Brut Rosé (Reims)) The 2005 Comtes de Champagne Brut Rosé from Champagne Taittinger is a blend of seventy percent pinot noir and thirt..." Learn More
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    As low as $570.00
  10. 2007 billecart salmon extra brut Champagne
    2007 Billecart Salmon Extra Brut
    95
    WE
    Definitely dry, this impressively crisp wine is tightly textured, mineral in character and with great fruit. Its acidity and taut tangy character are part of a sophisticated wine t..." Learn More
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    As low as $179.00
  11. 2008 Besserat De Bellefon Champagne Cuvee Des Moines Brut Millesime
    2008 Besserat De Bellefon Champagne Cuvee Des Moines Brut Millesime
    93
    RP
    Tasted from the same lot as in June this year, the 2008 Cuvée des Moines Brut Millésime is very fine on the deep, ripe and elegant nose where the 31% Pinot Noir and P..." Learn More
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    As low as $62.99
  12. 2008 billecart salmon cuvee louis salmon brut blanc de blancs Champagne
    2008 Billecart Salmon Cuvee Louis Salmon Brut Blanc de Blancs
    ..." Learn More
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    As low as $189.00
  13. 2008 deutz champagne cuvee william deutz brut millesime Champagne
    2008 Deutz Champagne Cuvee William Deutz Brut Millesime
    97
    JS
    This is incredibly long and beautiful. It’s full-bodied, but comes across with so much finesse and complexity. It goes on for minutes. Compressed with very fine phenolics. On..." Learn More
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    As low as $155.00
  14. 2008 edouard brun & cie vintage brut premier cru champagne Champagne
    2008 Edouard Brun & Cie Vintage Brut Premier Cru Champagne
    93
    RP
    Disgorged in June 2017 with a dosage of six grams per liter, the 2008 Brut Premier Cru Vintage is an assemblage of 50% Grand Cru Chardonnay fermented in cuves and 50% Premier Cru P..." Learn More
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    As low as $49.99
  15. 2008 gosset celebris extra brut rose Champagne (Rose)
    2008 Gosset Celebris Extra Brut Rose
    95
    DEC
    The skillfully crafted Gosset Champagnes remain in good hands with the current cellar master Odilon de Varine, as evidenced by this fascinating rosé Champagne. Over the past..." Learn More
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    As low as $219.00
  16. 2008 henriot brut millesime Champagne
    2008 Henriot Brut Millesime
    96
    DEC
    An undramatic, cloud-filled season came right in a late harvest in October. A textbook cool vintage of great ageing potential. The perfect 50/50 balance of mineral-stamped Chardonn..." Learn More
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    As low as $79.95
  17. 2008 louis roederer cristal Champagne
    2008 Louis Roederer Cristal
    100
    JD
    The 2008 Cristal is a perfect wine, and Champagne simple does not get any better. This incredible wine offers a beautiful perfume of clean, crisp fruits, layers of complexity in it..." Learn More
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    As low as $389.00
  18. 2008 moet chandon dom perignon (luminous labels) Champagne
    2008 Moet Chandon Dom Perignon (Luminous Labels)
    98
    AG
    The 2008 Dom Pérignon is a huge, powerful Champagne and also clearly one of the wines of the vintage. This is one of the most reticent bottles I have tasted. So much so that..." Learn More
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    As low as $775.00
  19. 2008 moet chandon dom perignon rose Champagne
    2008 Moet Chandon Dom Perignon Rose
    97
    AG
    The 2008 Dom Pérignon Rosé is magnificent. Rich and deep in the glass, the 2008 offers up an exotic mélange of aromas and flavors. Sweet red cherry, mint, oran..." Learn More
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    As low as $399.00
  20. 2008 p moncuit cuvee brut millesime champagne Champagne
    2008 P Moncuit Cuvee Brut Millesime Champagne
    94
    AG
    The 2008 Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru is a fabulous wine from this great Champagne vintage. Given the extended time on the lees (more than ten years) the 2008 shows quite a bit o..." Learn More
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    As low as $67.99
  21. 2008 paul bara champagne marie de france Champagne
    2008 Paul Bara Champagne Marie de France
    95
    AG
    Bara's 2008 Brut Millesime Comtesse Marie de France offers a striking interplay of rich Pinot fruit with the natural tension of the year. Bright floral and mineral accents drive th..." Learn More
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    As low as $155.00
  22. 2008 piper-heidsieck cuvee rare Champagne
    2008 Piper-Heidsieck Cuvee Rare
    97
    WS
    Like a stallion out of the gate, this shows an initial explosion of power, in the form of mouthwatering flavors and fine texture, before quickly settling into an elegant gait. The ..." Learn More
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    As low as $179.00
  23. 2008 veuve clicquot la grande dame Champagne
    2008 Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame
    97
    DEC
    Now almost blanc de noirs, boasting 92% Pinot Noir and just 8% Chardonnay from 60%-70% estate vineyards. La Grande Dame is one of the most affordable of Champagne’s elite pre..." Learn More
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    As low as $240.00
  24. 2012 moet chandon dom perignon (luminous labels) Champagne
    2012 Moet Chandon Dom Perignon (Luminous Labels)
    98
    DEC
    What a magnificent bouquet for this Dom Pérignon 2012! Pastry, a hint of smoke and autolytic notes provide a compelling counterpart to eager yet elegant aromas of citrus (li..." Learn More
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    As low as $329.00
  25. 2012 moet chandon dom perignon Champagne
    2012 Moet Chandon Dom Perignon
    98
    DEC
    What a magnificent bouquet for this Dom Pérignon 2012! Pastry, a hint of smoke and autolytic notes provide a compelling counterpart to eager yet elegant aromas of citrus (li..." Learn More
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    As low as $279.00
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