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. 1998 argiano solengo Super Tuscans/IGT
    1998 Argiano Solengo
    92
    WS
    Violet and berry aromas, with hints of toasted oak. Medium- to full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, fruity finish. Best after 2003. 2,080 cases made. Wine Spectator | 92 W..." Learn More
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    As low as $120.00
  2. 1998 ausone Bordeaux Red
    1998 Ausone
    97
    JS
    I’m still looking forward to tasting the great Château Ausone of Saint-Émilion later this week, but in the meantime I’m thinking back to this great 1998 I ..." Learn More
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    As low as $990.00
  3. 1998 beychevelle Bordeaux Red
    1998 Beychevelle
    ..." Learn More
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    As low as $160.00
  4. 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
  5. 1998 cheval blanc Bordeaux Red
    1998 Cheval Blanc
    100
    DEC
    The reference chateau of the vintage, this wine is showing its class here and then some. It was the first year with Bernard Arnault and Albert Frère as owners, with Pierre L..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,485.00
  6. 1998 climens Dessert White
    1998 Climens
    91
    WS
    Plenty of dried apricots, with cream and vanilla on the nose. Full-bodied and medium sweet, with a tart tartine and vanilla cream aftertaste, with hints of tea. Drink now. 2,300 ca..." Learn More
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    As low as $50.00
  7. 1998 clinet Bordeaux Red
    1998 Clinet
    93
    WS
    Big and powerful, with lots of olive, brown sugar and jam. Soft and full, with round tannins. A voluptuous and wild wine. Juicy and exotic. Why wait on this full-throttle red? 100 ..." Learn More
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    As low as $175.00
  8. 1998 comte de vogue musigny vieilles vignes Burgundy Red
    1998 Comte de Vogue Musigny Vieilles Vignes
    95
    VM
    Bright red-ruby. Brilliant aromas of strawberry, raspberry, cherry and bitter chocolate. Wonderfully intense, sharply delineated flavors of red berries, spices and mint; a wine of ..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,099.00
  9. 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
  10. 1998 haut brion Bordeaux Red
    1998 Haut Brion
    99
    RP
    Still incredibly youthful and sporting a lot of fruit, the deep garnet-brick colored 1998 Haut-Brion sashays out of the glass with flamboyant red and black fruits, followed by a tr..." Learn More
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    As low as $879.00
  11. 1998 imparato montevetrano Italy (Other)
    1998 Imparato Montevetrano
    92
    AG
    The 1998 is another excellent vintage for drinking today. Although this isn't the most complex Montevetrano I am struck by how primary the wine is. The 1998 is open in its dark fru..." Learn More
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    As low as $120.00
  12. 1998 joseph drouhin grands echezeaux grand cru Burgundy Red
    1998 Joseph Drouhin Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru
    91
    BH
    (Joseph Drouhin Grands Echézeaux Grand Cru Red) Transparent ruby color with intense black cherry fruit and rich, very stylish flavors. It offers excellent intensity, good fl..." Learn More
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    As low as $415.00
  13. 1998 langelus Bordeaux Red
    1998 L'Angelus
    98
    RP
    The 1998 Angélus, a blend of 40% Cabernet Franc and 60% Merlot, is deep garnet colored with a touch of brick. The nose is completely...WOW! It has an incredible array of smo..." Learn More
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    As low as $629.00
  14. 1998 la conseillante Bordeaux Red
    1998 La Conseillante
    96
    JG
    (Château La Conseillante) The 1998 vintage is my favorite recent vintage of this superb estate, as the wine has everything one could ask for in terms of classic breed, perfum..." Learn More
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    As low as $275.00
  15. 1998 la mission haut brion Bordeaux Red
    1998 La Mission Haut Brion
    98
    JD
    Just a spectacular wine in every sense, the 1998 is now fully mature yet still youthful, with a vivid ruby hue and little in the way of any bricking. Offering a kaleidoscope-like n..." Learn More
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    As low as $315.00
  16. 1998 la mondotte Bordeaux Red
    1998 La Mondotte
    98
    WS
    Unbelievable nose of black truffle, meat and blackberry. Breathtaking. Full-bodied and very tight, with superpolished tannins and a finish that goes on for minutes. Really is excep..." Learn More
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    As low as $295.00
  17. 1998 lafite rothschild Bodeaux Red
    1998 Lafite Rothschild
    98
    RP
    A blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot, this wine represents only 34% of Lafite's total harvest. In a less than perfect Medoc vintage, it has been spectacular since birth..." Learn More
    As low as $1,119.00
  18. 1998 lamborghini campoleone rosso Italy (Other)
    1998 Lamborghini Campoleone Rosso
    91
    RP
    The 1998 Campoleone, is a blend of 50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Sangiovese. Just under 1,000 cases were produced. It is an impressive, exceptional effort. An opaque ..." Learn More
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    As low as $84.95
  19. 1998 latour Bordeaux Red
    1998 Latour
    96
    W&S
    No written review provided | 96 W&SThe 1998 Latour was in fact the first vintage I ever tasted en primeur at the château. It was an early vintage after budburst on 20 March a..." Learn More
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    As low as $770.00
  20. 1998 le dome Bordeaux Red
    1998 Le Dome
    94-96
    RP-NM
    Broody and very closed when first tasted in Nov-02. Still very backward when last tasted in Nov-04. A bright ruby/garnet core. This has much more character on the nose, developing ..." Learn More
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    As low as $275.00
  21. 1998 le pin Bordeaux Red
    1998 Le Pin
    99
    DEC
    Richest of the lineup in terms of decadent black cherry and damson plum that seduce straight from the first hit and expand upwards and outwards through the palate. Structured and p..." Learn More
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    As low as $5,915.00
  22. 1998 leoville barton Bordeaux Red
    1998 Leoville Barton
    92
    W&S
    No written review provided | 92 W&SThis opaque purple-colored, muscular, full-bodied, classically made St.-Julien displays impressive concentration, chewy, highly-extracted flavors..." Learn More
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    As low as $145.00
  23. 1998 leoville poyferre Bordeaux Red
    1998 Leoville Poyferre
    93
    W&S
    No written review provided | 93 W&SWell done. Aromas of black truffles and ripe fruit introducing a full-bodied wine with lots of fruit and velvety tannins. A mouthful. Amazing for..." Learn More
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    As low as $155.00
  24. 1998 lupicaia Bordeaux Red
    1998 Lupicaia
    93
    VM
    Impenetrable ruby-black. Splendid, harmonious aromas of cassis, vanilla and mocha. Rich, dense, velvety and caressing; flavors of blackcurrant and spice. Very concentrated but with..." Learn More
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    As low as $120.00
  25. 1998 monbousquet Bordeaux Red
    1998 Monbousquet
    94
    RP
    Yields of 28-30 hectoliters per hectare are among the lowest in St.-Emilion, which no doubt accounts for the wine's explosive richness. The final blend, 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sa..." Learn More
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    As low as $155.00
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