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. 2004 beaucastel cdp hommage a jacques perrin Chateauneuf du Pape
    2004 Beaucastel CDP Hommage a Jacques Perrin
    96
    WS
    A powerful, modern style, delivering a torrent of cassis and cocoa notes backed by a second wave of tar and fig paste. Densely structured from start to finish, with floral and mine..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $445.00
  2. 2004 bollinger r.d. Champagne
    2004 Bollinger R.D.
    98
    W&S
    Time has graced this wine, proving the value of Bollinger’s policy of long aging on the lees followed by prompt release after disgorgement. This RD (Recently Disgorged) 2004 ..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $250.00
  3. 2004 charles heidsieck blanc des millenaires Champagne
    2004 Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millenaires
    98
    WE
    This is an iteration of a legendary Champagne. Perfectly balanced, still packed with white fruit but just touching nuttiness, the wine is at its peak. Celebrating one of the great ..." Learn More
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    As low as $235.00
  4. 2004 cheval blanc Bordeaux Red
    2004 Cheval Blanc
    96
    WE
    This is certainly one of the stars of the vintage. With its solid tannins and dark, smoky character, it is going to be powerful, but with such elegance. The fruit flavors combine r..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $645.00
  5. 2004 gaja sperss barolo Barolo
    2004 Gaja Sperss Barolo
    99
    WS
    Powerful and structured. Delicate aromas of sandalwood, blackberry, licorice and cherry follow through to a full body, with very chewy tannins and loads of pretty fruit and hints o..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $475.00
  6. 2004 haut brion Bordeaux Red
    2004 Haut Brion
    96
    W&S
    Open the bottle and you'll find harmony in the glass, but the wine remains subtle, stony and mute, as if the flavors lie behind a closed door. Over the course of several days, that..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $570.00
  7. 2004 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    2004 Lafite Rothschild
    96
    WE
    Yes, there is power to this wine. But more than that, it exudes authority; a dense and solid wine with an impressive presence and texture. It has a velvet mouthfeel: the tannins ar..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $995.00
  8. 2004 latour Bordeaux Red
    2004 Latour
    97
    WE
    There are tannins, structure and power, but also supreme elegance. The 2004 acidity comes through in the sweet cassis flavors, supported at the back by dry tannins. Currently, the ..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $669.00
  9. 2004 Laurent Perrier Grand Siecle Alexandra Rose
    2004 Laurent Perrier Grand Siecle Alexandra Rose
    95
    JS
    Aromas of peaches and light cherries with rust and hints of grapefruit. Earth and spice undertone. Full-bodied, fruity and spicy. Hints of black pepper. Extremely bright and creamy..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $315.00
  10. 2004 les forts de latour Bordeaux Red
    2004 Les Forts de Latour
    91
    VM
    Deep red. Aromas of blueberry, plum, leather, tobacco and mocha. Sweet, plummy and pliant, with a creamy, fine-grained texture for the vintage. Very plush wine, richer than the 200..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $270.00
  11. 2004 margaux Bordeaux Red
    2004 Margaux
    96
    W&S
    Tasted from barrel in 2005, this wine showed the freshness of the vintage in its bright woodland-berry scent before settling into tannins that felt mineral, powerful and black. Dir..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $620.00
  12. 2004 montrose Bordeaux Red
    2004 Montrose
    93
    JS
    This one of my favorite 2004 Bordeaux to drink at the moment. It shows lovely sweet tobacco, flowers and currants on the nose and palate. It’s full-to-medium-bodied, with sil..." Learn More
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    As low as $140.00
  13. 2004 mouton rothschild Bordeaux Red
    2004 Mouton Rothschild
    95
    WS
    This shows lots of mulled spice, warm tobacco leaf and well-roasted cedar accents, but isn't short on fruit, offering enticing layers of red currant, plum and blackberry confiture...." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    3L
    As low as $695.00
  14. 2004 pavie Bordeaux Red
    2004 Pavie
    96
    W&S
    A conspicuously modern wine, Pavie with its hyper-ripe fruit and substantial new oak treatment stands out as an offense to some, a glorious pleasure to others. In the case of the 2..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $359.00
  15. 2004 philipponnat clos des goisses Champagne
    2004 Philipponnat Clos des Goisses
    97
    AG
    The 2004 Clos des Goisses is dense and powerful in the glass, with all of the pure, unbridled energy that has always been such a signature here. Hints of lemon peel, mint, spice an..." Learn More
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    As low as $295.00
  16. 2004 tenuta dellornellaia masseto Super Tuscans/IGT
    2004 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto
    100
    AG
    The 2004 Masseto, one of my personal favorites, is positively stellar. I have always adored the 2004 for its silky tannins, stunning aromatic presence and total finesse, all of whi..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $3,249.00
  17. 2004 veuve clicquot la grande dame Champagne
    2004 Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame
    94
    DEC
    (Veuve Clicquot, La Grande Dame, Champagne, France, White) Subtle gold presages latent power, alchemy at work. Here we meet La Grande Dame at her most elegant, the wine’s arc..." Learn More
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    As low as $220.00
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