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. 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
    Formats Available:
    As low as $425.00
  2. 1982 canon Bordeaux Red
    1982 Canon
    97
    JS
    This wine shows fabulous aromas of stones and flowers with dried fruits and spices. It’s subtle yet full with ultra-fine tannins and a gorgeous, long finish. Drink now.James ..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $450.00
  3. 1982 cheval blanc Bordeaux Red
    1982 Cheval Blanc
    96+
    JG
    (Château Cheval Blanc) This wine has now been very shut down for the last four or five years, and though there is so much raw material here that the wine is still a joy to dr..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $1,585.00
  4. 1982 cos destournel Bordeaux Red
    1982 Cos D'Estournel
    97
    JD
    I loved this bottle of 1982 Cos d'Estournel, and it was easily the best bottle I’ve had of this wine, which has always shown slightly tired and over the hill for me. It shows..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $630.00
  5. 1982 ducru beaucaillou Bordeaux Red
    1982 Ducru Beaucaillou
    97
    JD
    The finest bottle I’ve had of this wine (which came from the estate), the 1982 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou continues to drink brilliantly and is a magical Saint-Julien. S..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $599.00
  6. 1982 figeac Bordeaux Red
    1982 Figeac
    95
    DEC
    The colour has been gently turning to brick ever since 2001 as we head through the vertical, and here we have a soft brick red. A legendary vintage, of course, that keeps surprisin..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $629.00
  7. 1982 gaja barbaresco Barbaresco
    1982 Gaja Barbaresco
    95
    DEC
    Most 1982 Barbarescos are over the hill now, but not Gaja's. Even the colour is scarcely evolved. The nose has great purity of fruit, with ripe, intense raspberry aromas. Sleek and..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $420.00
  8. 1982 gaja barbaresco sori tildin Barbaresco
    1982 Gaja Barbaresco Sori Tildin
    95
    AG
    The 1982 Barbaresco Sorì Tildìn, on the other hand, was awesome. It revealed superb depth in its core of generous fruit, with superb concentration as well as balance...." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $1,455.00
  9. 1982 gruaud larose Bordeaux Red
    1982 Gruaud Larose
    98
    RP
    A massive wine that is clearly of first-growth quality in this vintage, the 1982 Gruaud Larose remains a youngster. A broodingly dense, thick, unctuously textured, inky/plum/garnet..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $799.00
  10. 1982 haut brion Bordeaux Red
    1982 Haut Brion
    98
    DEC
    A rich, dense cushioning of fruit, set against a cedar and toasted spice backdrop, makes the nose full of integrity and promise. Rich blackberry with soft menthol on the finish, th..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $1,375.00
  11. 1982 la conseillante Bordeaux Red
    1982 La Conseillante
    97
    DEC
    Deep in colour, and a gorgeous wine to smell: warm, fat and rich, brimming with good things – savoury notes, very soft sweet fruits,the autumn land. On the palate, it was amo..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $670.00
  12. 1982 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1982 Lafite Rothschild
    98
    DEC
    As with the last time I drank this wine two years ago, it is still full of life and energy, with that classic Lafite quality of effortless drinkability. Utterly moreish, it has an ..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $4,255.00
  13. 1982 latour Bordeaux Red
    1982 Latour
    100
    DEC
    There are hints of brick orange around the outer edges, but this is still beautifully rich red at the core, and the warmth of the vintage’s sunshine is clear from the first m..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $2,195.00
  14. 1982 leoville las cases Bordeaux Red
    1982 Leoville Las Cases
    100
    RP
    Still stubbornly backward, yet beginning to budge from its pre-adolescent stage, this dense, murky ruby/purple-colored wine offers up notes of graphite, sweet caramel, black cherry..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $879.00
  15. 1982 lynch bages Bordeaux Red
    1982 Lynch Bages
    95
    JS
    This shows intense aromas of mint, lead pencil and currants that follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a finish with tension and freshness. Drink now.James Suckli..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $670.00
  16. 1982 margaux Bordeaux Red
    1982 Margaux
    100
    DEC
    Still loaded up with firm tannins, this is a rich, gorgeous wine, with complex, smoky, pencil lead and graphite notes through the mid palate, before things soften to a cigar box an..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $1,529.00
  17. 1982 montrose Bordeaux Red
    1982 Montrose
    96
    DEC
    Under the ownership of Jean-Louis Charmolüe (who remained in place from 1960 until 2006 and who just died in January of this year). Gorgeous, brick-edged, soft brambled fruit,..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $489.00
  18. 1982 mouton rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1982 Mouton Rothschild
    100
    JD
    A wine that’s singing today, the 1982 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild is one of those wines that needs to be tasted to be believed. It almost has a California Cabernet-like sexines..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $2,015.00
  19. 1982 prieure lichine Bordeaux Red
    1982 Prieure Lichine
    ..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $120.00
  20. 1982 talbot Bordeaux Red
    1982 Talbot
    95
    RP
    Along with the 1986, the 1982 is one of the greatest Talbots ever made. Far more evolved than its stablemate, Gruaud Larose, it exhibits a dense garnet color to the rim along with ..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $399.00
  21. 1982 vieux chateau certan Bordeaux Red
    1982 Vieux Chateau Certan
    96+
    JG
    (Vieux Château Certan) The 1982 Vieux Château Certan is an absolute classic and one of the finest vintages produced at this estate since its golden era in the late 1940..." Learn More
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    As low as $530.00
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