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. 1964 paul aine jaboulet hermitage la chapelle Hermitage
    1964 Paul Aine Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle
    94
    WS
    A warm summer led to supple, low-acidity wines. This Chapelle reflects the vintage--smooth, silky and full-bodied. Less expressive than the '66, but tastes rounder and richer. Melt..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $2,090.00
  2. 1983 guigal cote rotie la landonne Cote Rotie
    1983 Guigal Cote Rotie la Landonne
    98
    RP
    This murky, purple/garnet-colored wine offers up an exotic nose of tea, smoked duck, licorice, truffles, and earth. Extraordinarily concentrated, and almost too rich to be called a..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,300.00
  3. 1989 chapoutier hermitage le pavillon Hermitage
    1989 Chapoutier Hermitage Le Pavillon
    100
    RP
    The 1989 Le Pavilion is a prodigious wine. Made from yields of 14 hectoliters per hectare, this parcel of old vines (averaging 70-80 years of age) has produced an opaque black/purp..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $730.00
  4. 1990 chave hermitage Hermitage
    1990 Chave Hermitage
    99
    JD
    The 1990 Hermitage is fully mature yet holding beautifully. Perfumed notes of sweet cassis and blackberry fruits, rose hips, smoked meats, and exotic spices all flow to a full-bodi..." Learn More
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    As low as $2,090.00
  5. 1990 paul aine jaboulet hermitage la chapelle Hermitage
    1990 Paul Aine Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle
    100
    DEC
    Jaboulet's Hermitage La Chapelle 1961, 1978 and 1990 are considered to be among the greatest wines ever made in the Rhône Valley. The 1990 was sourced from Les Bessards, Le M..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,145.00
  6. 1995 chapoutier hermitage le pavillon Hermitage
    1995 Chapoutier Hermitage Le Pavillon
    100
    RP
    Still a youngster, the blockbuster 1995 Ermitage le Pavillon is a quintessential Hermitage in every way. Full-bodied, powerful, thick and unctuous, with tons of smoky, black, black..." Learn More
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    6L
    As low as $2,999.00
  7. 1995 chave hermitage cathelin Hermitage
    1995 Chave Hermitage Cathelin
    98
    JD
    The 1995 Hermitage Cuvee Cathelin is another magical wine from this family estate that’s drinking brilliantly today. Its vivid ruby, semi-opaque color (classic mature Hermita..." Learn More
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    As low as $9,885.00
  8. 1996 chapoutier cote rotie la mordoree Cote Rotie
    1996 Chapoutier Cote Rotie ''La Mordoree''
    91
    RP
    I was less impressed with the 1996 Cote Rotie La Mordoree from bottle than I was from cask. Michel Chapoutier still believes it is one of the finest examples he has produced, but a..." Learn More
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    As low as $170.00
  9. 1996 guigal cote rotie la landonne Cote Rotie
    1996 Guigal Cote Rotie La Landonne
    93
    RP
    The 1996 Cote Rotie La Landonne was herbaceous early in life, but is now revealing a black olive/tapenade, melted asphalt character in its smoky, earthy, animal, blackberry, leathe..." Learn More
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    As low as $445.00
  10. 1998 chave hermitage cathelin cuvee Hermitage
    1998 Chave Hermitage Cathelin Cuvee
    98+
    VM
    Reticent, minerally nose hints at great sweetness and ripeness; notes of blackberry and tar emerge with aeration. Round, rich and layered in the mouth; still quite closed but the w..." Learn More
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    As low as $9,885.00
  11. 1998 guigal cote rotie la mouline Cote Rotie
    1998 Guigal Cote Rotie La Mouline
    97
    RP
    The awesome 1998 Cote Rotie La Mouline is a seamless, full-bodied classic with many characteristics of the 1997 La Landonne , but more structure, tannin, and muscle. It will need t..." Learn More
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    As low as $770.00
  12. 1998 rene rostaing cote rotie la landonne Cote Rotie
    1998 Rene Rostaing Cote Rotie La Landonne
    94+
    JG
    (Côte-Rôtie “La Landonne”- René Rostaing) The 1998 La Landonne from Domaine Rostaing is even more refined than the 1999, with its slightly more high-..." Learn More
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    As low as $500.00
  13. 1999 guigal cote rotie la landonne Cote Rotie
    1999 Guigal Cote Rotie La Landonne
    100
    RP
    I have given perfect scores to other vintages of La Landonne, but the black/purple-colored 1999 Cote Rotie La Landonne may be the finest effort Guigal has ever coaxed out of this v..." Learn More
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    As low as $945.00
  14. 1999 guigal cote rotie la mouline Cote Rotie
    1999 Guigal Cote Rotie La Mouline
    100
    RP
    The 1999 Cote Rotie la Mouline is straight-up awesome on all accounts. Drinking beautifully, with explosive aromas and flavors of blackberry, smoked meats, pepper and exotic flower..." Learn More
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    As low as $945.00
  15. 1999 guigal cote rotie la turque Cote Rotie
    1999 Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque
    100
    RP
    The 1999 Cote Rotie La Turque reveals notes of toasty vanilla and espresso in addition to Asian spices, mocha, pepper, blackberries, creosote, and roasted meats. The exotic perfume..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,239.00
  16. 2000 chapoutier hermitage lermite Hermitage
    2000 Chapoutier Hermitage L'Ermite
    99
    RP
    I grossly underestimated the 2000 Ermitage l’Ermite from barrel. This wine, which emerges from largely pre-phylloxera vines planted on the dome of Hermitage, adjacent to the ..." Learn More
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    3L
    As low as $1,275.00
  17. 2000 chave hermitage cathelin cuvee Hermitage
    2000 Chave Hermitage Cathelin Cuvee
    97
    AG
    Chave’s 2000 Cuvée Cathelin was monumental. It was a privilege to taste, but also a shame to open so early. If the 1991 seemed young, the 2000 came across as a veritab..." Learn More
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    As low as $6,749.00
  18. 2005 chapoutier hermitage lermite Hermitage
    2005 Chapoutier Hermitage L'Ermite
    99+
    RP
    Lastly, from the very dome of the granite hill of Ermitage is the 2005 Ermitage l’Ermite. An extraordinarily powerful wine that probably needs 10-15 years in the bottle (last..." Learn More
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    6L
    As low as $2,475.00
  19. 2006 chapoutier hermitage le pavillon Hermitage
    2006 Chapoutier Hermitage Le Pavillon
    98
    RP
    Showing more minerality than the le Meal, yet more plushness and sexiness than the l’Ermite, the 2006 Ermitage le Pavillon is a tour de force that gives up sensational notes ..." Learn More
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    As low as $530.00
  20. 2008 tua rita syrah Super Tuscan/IGT
    2008 Tua Rita Syrah
    97
    AG
    The 2008 Syrah is a big, expressive wine loaded with varietal character. Iron, minerals, bacon fat and blackberries are just some of the nuances that blossom in this striking wine...." Learn More
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    As low as $370.00
  21. 2009 Chapoutier Hermitage Le Meal Rouge
    2009 Chapoutier Hermitage Le Meal Rouge
    100
    RP
    Even inkier in color than the 2010, the 2009 Ermitage le Meal is as good as Hermitage gets. Locked and loaded with phenomenal notes of jammy black raspberries, creme de cassis, cru..." Learn More
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    As low as $665.00
  22. 2009 chapoutier hermitage le pavillon Hermitage
    2009 Chapoutier Hermitage Le Pavillon
    100
    RP
    A perfect wine, the 2009 Ermitage Le Pavillon (1,093 cases) boasts a black/purple color as well as an extraordinary bouquet of acacia flowers, blackberries, blueberries, roasted me..." Learn More
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    As low as $489.00
  23. 2009 guigal cote rotie la landonne Cote Rotie
    2009 Guigal Cote Rotie La Landonne
    100
    JD
    I’ve been lucky to have drunk close to a case of the 2009 Côte Rôtie La Landonne, and if there’s a more perfect Syrah out there, I don’t know of it. R..." Learn More
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    As low as $629.00
  24. 2009 guigal cote rotie la turque Cote Rotie
    2009 Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque
    100
    JD
    Possibly my favorite vintage ever for the Northern Rhône (2010 and 2015 are both in the running), the 2009 Côte Rôtie La Turque is a mammoth of wine that offers e..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $625.00
  25. 2009 Le Macchiole Scrio
    2009 Le Macchiole Scrio
    97
    WE
    Bold and complex, this Syrah opens with intense, superrich notes of chocolate fudge, maraschino cherry, tobacco, sweet spice and rum cake. Smooth, elegant and persistent, this amaz..." Learn More
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    As low as $250.00
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