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. 1995 altesino brunello di montalcino montosoli Brunello
    1995 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli
    96
    WS
    Monster Brunello. Very dark in color, withsuperripe aromas of black licorice, dried plum,mint and meat. Full-bodied, with masses of velvetytannins and a long, long finish. Best ver..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $140.00
  2. 1995 altesino brunello di montalcino riserva Brunello
    1995 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
    92
    WS
    Bright, with floral, raspberry and mineral character. Full-bodied, with silky, firm tannins and a long finish. Needs a bit of bottle age. Altesino does it again. Best after 2002. 2..." Learn More
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    As low as $130.00
  3. 1995 araujo eisele cabernet sauvignon California Red
    1995 Araujo Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon
    98
    RP
    I believe the 1995 is the finest produced under the Araujo regime. It is close to perfection. The wine combines extraordinary power and richness with remarkable complexity and fine..." Learn More
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    As low as $429.00
  4. 1995 argiano brunello di montalcino Brunello
    1995 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino
    93
    VM
    The bouquet of the 1995 Brunello di Montalcino is deep and intense, offering raspberry sauce, cinnamon, dusty rosy and smoke. This is silky-smooth and elegant in feel with ripe red..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $99.95
  5. 1995 ausone Bordeaux Red
    1995 Ausone
    96
    WS
    Flower and berry character, with hints of clove and black pepper. Full-bodied and very rich, with decadent flavors. Oozes with ripe fruit. Goes on and on. Fabulous.--'95/'96 Bordea..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $730.00
  6. 1995 beychevelle Bordeaux Red
    1995 Beychevelle
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    Formats Available:
    As low as $170.00
  7. 1995 brumont boucasse vieilles vignes madiran France (Other)
    1995 Brumont Boucasse Vieilles Vignes Madiran
    91
    WS
    Gorgeous aromas of roasted coffee and vanilla yield to flavors of cassis, chocolate and tobacco in this massive, backward wine. Its wall of tannin needs to be resolved, but the con..." Learn More
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    As low as $54.95
  8. 1995 calon segur Bordeaux Red
    1995 Calon Segur
    97
    JS
    I always loved this wine from the first time I tasted it in 1998. It has such purity and power yet it's reserved and beautiful. It's one of the best Calons ever. I drank a bottle w..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    3L
    As low as $189.00
  9. 1995 carruades de lafite Bordeaux Red
    1995 Carruades De Lafite
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    Formats Available:
    As low as $465.00
  10. 1995 castello dama vigna lapparita Italy (Other)
    1995 Castello D'Ama Vigna L'Apparita
    92
    WS
    Wonderful floral, berry and cocoa aromas. Full-bodied, with fine, polished tannins and a long finish with dark chocolate and berry on the aftertaste. A sleek, racy Merlot from a re..." Learn More
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    As low as $185.00
  11. 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
    Formats Available:
    6L
    As low as $2,999.00
  12. 1995 chateau tirecul la graviere cuvee madame Loire (Other)
    1995 Chateau Tirecul La Graviere Cuvee Madame
    100
    JD
    As good (better??) than the 2001, the 1995 Monbazillac Cuvee Madame is straight up extraordinary juice that certainly one of the finest dessert wines I’ve ever tasted. A blen..." Learn More
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    As low as $285.00
  13. 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
    Formats Available:
    As low as $9,885.00
  14. 1995 cheval blanc Bordeaux Red
    1995 Cheval Blanc
    93+
    VM
    (a 53/47 blend of cabernet franc and merlot; 13% alcohol; yield of 45 h/h): Bright red. Pure aromas of strawberry, flowers, soy sauce, espresso and minerals. Then clean and straigh..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $685.00
  15. 1995 clinet Bordeaux Red
    1995 Clinet
    96
    RP
    Another extraordinary wine made in a backward vin de garde style, the 1995 Clinet represents the essence of Pomerol. The blackberry, cassis liqueur-like fruit of this wine is aweso..." Learn More
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    As low as $245.00
  16. 1995 domaine de chevalier Bordeaux Red
    1995 Domaine de Chevalier
    90
    VM
    The 1995 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge is a good but perhaps not great wine from Olivier Bernard. Now at 23-years of age, it remains surprisingly backward, almost sultry on the nose, ..." Learn More
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    As low as $145.00
  17. 1995 gazin Bordeaux Red
    1995 Gazin
    92
    JG
    (Château Gazin (Pomerol)) These days, Château Gazin makes a hybrid modern-styled wine and I find the style a bit heavy-handed, as some of the very pretty terroir of thi..." Learn More
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    As low as $155.00
  18. 1995 grand puy lacoste Bordeaux Red
    1995 Grand Puy Lacoste
    95
    RP
    Another unbelievably rich, multidimensional, broad-shouldered wine, with slightly more elegance and less weight than the powerhouse 1996, this gorgeously proportioned, medium to fu..." Learn More
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    As low as $219.00
  19. 1995 haut brion Bordeaux Red
    1995 Haut Brion
    96
    RP
    It is fun to go back and forth between the 1995 and 1996, two superb vintages for Haut-Brion. The 1995 seems to have sweeter tannin and a bit more fat and seamlessness when compare..." Learn More
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    As low as $749.00
  20. 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
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    As low as $2,035.00
  21. 1995 langelus Bordeaux Red
    1995 L'Angelus
    95
    WS
    Crushed berry and dark chocolate. Slightly reserved in the nose. Full-bodied, with loads of layered, velvety tannins. Big, yet refined and beautiful. Long and caressing. Give this ..." Learn More
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    As low as $285.00
  22. 1995 leglise clinet Bordeaux Red
    1995 L'Eglise Clinet
    96
    RP
    One of the vintage's most awesome wines, L'Eglise-Clinet's 1995 has been fabulous from both cask and bottle. The color is opaque purple. The wine is closed aromatically, but it doe..." Learn More
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    As low as $295.00
  23. 1995 la conseillante Bordeaux Red
    1995 La Conseillante
    94
    DEC
    1995 was a warm year and the ripe fruits, with notes of fig and prune, come through strongly on the nose. The palate showcases soft truffles, gentle tobacco and some mushroom notes..." Learn More
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    As low as $249.00
  24. 1995 la mission haut brion Bordeaux Red
    1995 La Mission Haut Brion
    95+
    RP
    This vintage is aging at a glacial pace and the tannins are currently more significant than their counterbalancing components of fruit and glycerin. While the word “potential..." Learn More
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    As low as $479.00
  25. 1995 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1995 Lafite Rothschild
    98
    JS
    I pulled this lone bottle out of my cellar at the last minute to remind some Italian vintners of the great quality of the 1995 Bordeaux vintage. They seem to be finally opening up!..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $1,195.00
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