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. 1996 ausone Bordeaux Red
    1996 Ausone
    93
    RP
    I do not understand the critics of Alain Vautier, who now has sole control of Ausone and is taking the estate's quality to a higher level. Moreover, the wine is consistent, with gr..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $730.00
  2. 1996 banfi brunello di montalcino Brunello
    1996 Banfi Brunello di Montalcino
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    Formats Available:
    As low as $84.95
  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
    Formats Available:
    As low as $520.00
  4. 1996 brumont boucasse vieilles vignes madiran France (Other)
    1996 Brumont Boucasse Vieilles Vignes Madiran
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    As low as $54.95
  5. 1996 calon segur Bordeaux Red
    1996 Calon Segur
    93+
    VM
    Saturated ruby-red. Pure, highly perfumed aromas of black cherry, currant, plum, minerals, tobacco, leather and fresh herbs. Very ripe, suave and spicy; at once subtle and gripping..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    3L
    As low as $179.00
  6. 1996 ceretto barbaresco faset Barbaresco
    1996 Ceretto Barbaresco Faset
    93
    WE
    The purest of Piedmont fruit bombs, with a body that just won't quit. Full, youthful grapey aromas are followed by tannins so fine and dense they can only be described as beautiful..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $130.00
  7. 1996 ceretto barolo bricco rocche Barolo
    1996 Ceretto Barolo Bricco Rocche
    95
    WS
    Complex aromas of Indian spices, plum and violet. Full-bodied, with big, velvety tannins and a long, long finish. Finally starting to mellow. Concentrated and rich.--1996 Piedmont ..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $285.00
  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 cheval blanc Bordeaux Red
    1996 Cheval Blanc
    95
    DEC
    At 56% Cabernet Franc, this is a bright, floral Cheval Blanc, with white pepper, strawberry, mineral and oriental spice notes lingering nicely. Drinking Window 2015 - 2036Decanter ..." Learn More
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    As low as $679.00
  10. 1996 climens Dessert White
    1996 Climens
    92
    JG
    (Château Climens (Barsac)) The 1996 Climens is a very lovely bottle of wine, but it can not quite match the complexity of a more heavily botrytized vintage such as 2005. The ..." Learn More
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    As low as $80.00
  11. 1996 cos destournel Bordeaux Red
    1996 Cos D'Estournel
    98
    DEC
    A brilliant year for Left Bank Bordeaux. This was stubborn in its youth and took time to open, but now stands as one of the great all-time vintages of Cos, in my opinion. It delive..." Learn More
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    As low as $339.00
  12. 1996 dyquem Dessert White
    1996 d'Yquem
    96
    WS
    This leans toward the tropical side, with mango and guava notes out front, while maple, date, blood orange and citrus oil flavors fill in behind. The finish kicks into another gear..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $535.00
  13. 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
  14. 1996 drc montrachet Burgundy White
    1996 DRC Montrachet
    99
    VM
    One of the many highlights of the evening, the 1996 Montrachet is simply magical. Dazzling in its purity and intensity, the 1996 is endowed with crystalline energy and tension, not..." Learn More
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    As low as $12,605.00
  15. 1996 ducru beaucaillou Bordeaux Red
    1996 Ducru Beaucaillou
    96
    RP
    I tasted the 1996 Ducru Beaucaillou on four separate occasions from bottle in January. The 1996 is long, with a deep mid-palate. It also reveals tannin in the finish. This wine is ..." Learn More
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    As low as $320.00
  16. 1996 gaja sperss barolo Barolo
    1996 Gaja Sperss Barolo
    97
    AG
    The 1996 Sperss is arguably the most backward of these 1996s from Gaja. Still very young and tightly wound, the 1996 is going to need at least a few years to truly blossom. Even so..." Learn More
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    As low as $455.00
  17. 1996 grand puy lacoste Bordeaux Red
    1996 Grand Puy Lacoste
    93
    RP
    This is unquestionably a profound Grand-Puy-Lacoste, but it is excruciatingly backward. It reveals an essence of creme de cassis character which sets it apart from other Pauillacs...." Learn More
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    As low as $179.00
  18. 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
  19. 1996 haut brion Bordeaux Red
    1996 Haut Brion
    95
    RP-NM
    While in some vintages La Mission Haut-Brion and Haut-Brion can be close in quality, that is not the case in this vintage. The 1996 Haut-Brion, a blend of 50% Merlot, 39% Cabernet ..." Learn More
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    As low as $765.00
  20. 1996 heitz cabernet sauvignon marthas vineyard California Red
    1996 Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard
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    As low as $349.00
  21. 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
  22. 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 $970.00
  23. 1996 langelus Bordeaux Red
    1996 L'Angelus
    92
    WS
    Complex and intense aromas of forest floor, wild berries and dried flowers. Full-bodied, with ultrasilky tannins and a long, long finish. Racy and classy. Wonderful now but has a l..." Learn More
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    As low as $485.00
  24. 1996 levangile Bordeaux Red
    1996 L'Evangile
    90
    RP
    The 1996 l'Evangile will undoubtedly be a controversial wine. The wine gives the impression of being over-extracted in its dark ruby/purple color and notes of prunes, raisins, Chin..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $315.00
  25. 1996 la fleur de gay Bordeaux Red
    1996 La Fleur De Gay
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    As low as $120.00
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