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. 2005 ausone Bordeaux Red
    2005 Ausone
    100
    JS
    I love the tobacco, berry, cigar box, toasty oak, ripe fruit and fresh mushroom flavors in this full-bodied red, which has ultralayered tannins and vanilla, new oak and berry chara..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $3,475.00
  2. 2005 bellevue mondotte Bordeaux Red
    2005 Bellevue Mondotte
    100
    RP
    Made up of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the opaque bluish/purple 2005 from Bellevue-Mondotte offers amazing chocolate espresso notes along with blueberry and blackberry lique..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    6L
    3L
    As low as $495.00
  3. 2005 branaire ducru Bordeaux Red
    2005 Branaire Ducru
    95
    WE
    This is opulent, but with restraint. The fruit is rich, black and delicious. Touches of spice and wood are present, lending complexity to the ripe fruits and balanced tannins. Impr..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    3L
    As low as $559.00
  4. 2005 branon Bordeaux Red
    2005 Branon
    96+
    RP
    This small jewel of a property owned by the Garcin family has been making great wine for a number of years, with the only problem being its very limited availability. Their beautif..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $145.00
  5. 2005 calon segur Bordeaux Red
    2005 Calon Segur
    94
    JS
    Tight and dense still but so integrated and seamless in texture. Aromas of chocolate, hazelnuts, dried spices and currants. Full body, superfine tannins and a texture that is so ca..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    3L
    As low as $179.00
  6. 2005 cantemerle Bordeaux Red
    2005 Cantemerle
    93
    JS
    Wow. This really shows wonderful depth and complexity on the nose with blueberries, fresh flowers and hints of stones. It’s full-bodied, with ultra-refined tannins and a long..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $74.95
  7. 2005 chapoutier hermitage lermite Hermitage
    2005 Chapoutier Hermitage L'Ermite
    99+
    RP
    Lastly, from the very dome of the granite hill of Ermitage is the 2005 Ermitage l’Ermite. An extraordinarily powerful wine that probably needs 10-15 years in the bottle (last..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    6L
    As low as $2,475.00
  8. 2005 cheval blanc Bordeaux Red
    2005 Cheval Blanc
    100
    JD
    A magical showing, the 2005 Chateau Cheval Blanc is a powerful, deep, incredibly massive wine by this estate’s standards, yet it nevertheless never loses a sense of elegance,..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $1,300.00
  9. 2005 climens Dessert White
    2005 Climens
    95
    DEC
    Opulent apricot nose. Plump and robust, with rich mandarin fruit. A long, spicy finish. Drinking Window 2012 - 2030.Decanter | 95 DECToffee, dried lemon rind and tropical fruit on ..." Learn More
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    As low as $60.00
  10. 2005 clos des papes cdp Chateauneuf du Pape
    2005 Clos Des Papes CDP
    98
    WS
    Really tight now, but packed with dark fig, currant, espresso, licorice and chocolate notes. Superfleshy but seriously structured, there's layer after layer of sweet spice, fruit a..." Learn More
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    As low as $139.00
  11. 2005 clos du marquis Bordeaux Red
    2005 Clos du Marquis
    93
    WS
    Fabulous aromas of crushed raspberry, blackberry, mineral and licorice follow through to a full-bodied palate. This is chewy yet silky, with a long, long finish. Balanced and power..." Learn More
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    As low as $139.00
  12. 2005 clos fourtet Bordeaux Red
    2005 Clos Fourtet
    99
    JD
    Made from 85% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2005 Clos Fourtet is a powerhouse that does everything right and is borderline perfection in a glass. A..." Learn More
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    As low as $235.00
  13. 2005 cos destournel Bordeaux Red
    2005 Cos D'Estournel
    99
    JD
    A lesson in genuinely great wine, the 2005 Cos d’Estournel is a monster of a wine that delivers an incredible level of opulence and decadence while staying weightless and ele..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    9L
    As low as $599.00
  14. 2005 dyquem Dessert White
    2005 d'Yquem
    97
    RP
    The pale to medium lemon-gold colored 2005 d'Yquem opens with a provocative, mineral and earth-tinged nose of chalk dust, wet pebbles and dried wild mushrooms over a core of warm a..." Learn More
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    As low as $515.00
  15. 2005 de fargues Dessert White
    2005 De Fargues
    96
    WS
    This is so creamy, almost milky in feel, with toasted coconut and cashew notes giving way to sweet peach, apricot and glazed pear flavors that glide along, while ginger, green tea,..." Learn More
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    As low as $100.00
  16. 2005 domaine de chevalier blanc Bordeaux White
    2005 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc
    97
    WS
    Displays lemon, honey, mineral, fennel seed and lime aromas. Full-bodied, this fills the mouth with lime, apple tart and vanilla character. Very, very intense. Fantastic. Needs tim..." Learn More
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    As low as $135.00
  17. 2005 duhart milon Bordeaux Red
    2005 Duhart Milon
    93
    RP
    This property, which has benefitted enormously from tremendous investments from the Rothschild family that owns Lafite, has turned out a dense purple-colored wine in 2005. Offering..." Learn More
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    As low as $255.00
  18. 2005 giscours Bordeaux Red
    2005 Giscours
    95
    JS
    This is a beautiful Giscours with tension and finesse. It's full-bodied and shows plenty of berry and spice character, not to mention a long, silky-textured finish. It seduces you ..." Learn More
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    As low as $135.00
  19. 2005 grand puy lacoste Bordeaux Red
    2005 Grand Puy Lacoste
    97
    JS
    A fabulous GPL. Perhaps better than the legendary 1982? It shows laser-guide precision on the palate with aromas of currants, cedar, mint, flowers and chocolate. Full-bodied and ex..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    3L
    As low as $189.00
  20. 2005 gruaud larose Bordeaux Red
    2005 Gruaud Larose
    94
    WE
    This tastes of great Cabernet Sauvignon, with its black currant, cedar and herbs and fresh, juicy acidity. It is as fresh as it is rich, but it has a structure of dense tannins tha..." Learn More
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    3L
    As low as $169.00
  21. 2005 guiraud Dessert White
    2005 Guiraud
    97
    JS
    This appears to be the synthesis of the fabulous 2001 and 2003. It shows wonderful aromas of botrytis spice, honey and citrus rind. Lots of fruit with a tropical fruit undertone of..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $40.00
  22. 2005 haut bailly Bordeaux Red
    2005 Haut Bailly
    98+
    JD
    One of the top vintages of Haut-Bailly out there, the 2005 is a quintessential example of this terroir, showing incredible finesse and elegance paired with ample concentration and ..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    3L
    As low as $199.00
  23. 2005 haut brion Bordeaux Red
    2005 Haut Brion
    100
    JD
    The 2005 Haut Brion is out of this world and certainly one of the finest wines I’ve ever tasted. Deeper, richer, and more concentrated than the 2000, it offers as pure an exp..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $1,099.00
  24. 2005 jean louis trapet chambertin Burgundy Red
    2005 Jean Louis Trapet Chambertin
    96
    BH
    (Domaine Trapet Père et Fils Chambertin Grand Cru Red) A brooding but fresh nose trimmed in a bit of wood spice offers positively gorgeous aromatic breadth and merges into i..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $979.00
  25. 2005 langelus Bordeaux Red
    2005 L'Angelus
    100
    JD
    The 2005 Angelus is as good as it gets, and despite having 2-3 decades of prime drinking ahead of it, is as profound a drinking experience as money can buy even today. Offering off..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,499.00
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