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. 2006 billecart salmon le clos st. hilaire brut blanc de noirs Champagne
    2006 Billecart Salmon Le Clos St. Hilaire Brut Blanc de Noirs
    93
    DEC
    Although it was disgorged in November 2020, Mathieu Roland Billecart has been keen to delay the release. The ageing post disgorgement is just as important as that before it and som..." Learn More
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    As low as $549.00
  2. 2006 branon Bordeaux Red
    2006 Branon
    93
    RP
    A sensational effort from this garagiste estate in Pessac-Leognan, Branon’s 2006 is a blend of equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Its dense purple color is followed by so..." Learn More
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    As low as $69.95
  3. 2006 chapoutier hermitage le pavillon Hermitage
    2006 Chapoutier Hermitage Le Pavillon
    98
    RP
    Showing more minerality than the le Meal, yet more plushness and sexiness than the l’Ermite, the 2006 Ermitage le Pavillon is a tour de force that gives up sensational notes ..." Learn More
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    As low as $530.00
  4. 2006 ducru beaucaillou Bordeaux Red
    2006 Ducru Beaucaillou
    95
    DEC
    This is not quite as silky smooth and rich as the 2005 and yet it's full of promise. It feels young, with tannins that are still pulsating around the dark berry fruits, joined by e..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $210.00
  5. 2006 giscours Bordeaux Red
    2006 Giscours
    94
    WE
    After initial tastings suggested there was too much tannin, the wine has undergone a welcome transformation. It has become powerful and ripe, deliciously sumptuous, allying the tan..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $120.00
  6. 2006 leglise clinet Bordeaux Red
    2006 L'eglise Clinet
    96
    RP
    One of the greatest wines of the vintage is, not surprisingly, from proprietor Denis Durantou. A remarkable effort in every sense, the 2006 l’Eglise Clinet is not far off the..." Learn More
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    As low as $255.00
  7. 2006 la conseillante Bordeaux Red
    2006 La Conseillante
    94
    WS
    Intense aromas of truffle and berries lead to a full body, with ultrarefined tannins and a very long finish. Balanced and wonderfully crafted. Gorgeous. Extremely well done. Best a..." Learn More
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    As low as $245.00
  8. 2006 la mission haut brion Bordeaux Red
    2006 La Mission Haut Brion
    97
    DEC
    Colour still tight and inky at 10 years old. Smooth, silky, very expressive; this is so powerful it almost lulls you into a false sense of security with the tannin integration on t..." Learn More
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    As low as $339.00
  9. 2006 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    2006 Lafite Rothschild
    97
    RP
    One of the fabulous surprises, although I had suggested last year that it could jump in quality, of my tastings, the 2006 Lafite Rothschild is a great, great wine made from a blend..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $1,075.00
  10. 2006 langoa barton Bordeaux Red
    2006 Langoa Barton
    91
    WE
    Soft and ripe, here is a wine that just enjoys being rich and fruity. Blackberry flavors are followed by sweet black cherries, both contained within an elegant structure of tannins..." Learn More
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    As low as $74.95
  11. 2006 latour Bordeaux Red
    2006 Latour
    97
    DEC
    Powerful, concentrated and seriously young tannins are closed tight around the pure, intense, dark, sweet fruits, followed by a deep undertow of liquorice, cloves and graphite. Ext..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $1,415.00
  12. 2006 lynch bages Bordeaux Red
    2006 Lynch Bages
    94
    DEC
    Slowly and confidently inching towards its drinking window, but needs another three to five years before it gets there. Deep plush fruit with tight liquorice root and menthol edgin..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    3L
    As low as $179.00
  13. 2006 margaux Bordeaux Red
    2006 Margaux
    95
    DEC
    The perfume wafts slowly from the glass. Charcoal softness. Sure-footed, seductive and complex, with plum, damson and bilberry fruits; this is the real deal. Silky tannins and perf..." Learn More
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    As low as $629.00
  14. 2006 montrose Bordeaux Red
    2006 Montrose
    95
    DEC
    Beautiful, rich and incredibly softly textured, this is still very young. Also supremely measured and stately, with buttery tannins. The palate is just starting to show truffles an..." Learn More
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    3L
    As low as $699.00
  15. 2006 mouton rothschild Bordeaux Red
    2006 Mouton Rothschild
    98+
    RP
    A sensational effort, the 2006 Mouton Rothschild exhibits an opaque purple color as well as a classic Mouton perfume of creme de cassis, flowers, blueberries, and only a hint of oa..." Learn More
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    As low as $745.00
  16. 2006 nenin Bordeaux Red
    2006 Nenin
    92
    JS
    Aromas of dried flowers and leaves with lots of dried fruits. Full and chewy. Extracted and rich. Truffles and morels. Dried fruits. Begin drinking.James Suckling | 92 JSThe finest..." Learn More
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    As low as $100.00
  17. 2006 Pierre Moncuit Cuvee Extra Brut Millesime Champagne
    2006 Pierre Moncuit Cuvee Extra Brut Millesime Champagne
    95
    WE
    From grand cru Chardonnay vineyards, this beautifully mature wine is ready to drink. Still with its mineral edge, the Champagne is textured. But it is the ripeness, the brioche fla..." Learn More
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    As low as $54.99
  18. 2006 ponsot clos de la roche vieilles vignes Burgundy Red
    2006 Ponsot Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes
    97
    RP
    Sweetly ripe black fruits in the nose of the Ponsot 2006 Clos de La Roche Cuvee Vieilles Vignes prepare the way for a more succulently, generously sweet fruit, plush texture, and g..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,299.00
  19. 2006 pontet canet Bordeaux Red
    2006 Pontet Canet
    95+
    RP
    The 2006 is a wine to stockpile, especially for those in their thirties and forties as it needs another decade to reach maturity, after which it should keep for 30+ years. This vin..." Learn More
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    As low as $255.00
  20. 2006 quintarelli alzero Italy (Other)
    2006 Quintarelli Alzero
    97
    AG
    The 2006 Alzero is wonderfully alive and vibrant in the glass, with beams of energy that run through its deep frame. Exotic and alluring, the 2006 simply has it all. There is plent..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,045.00
  21. 2006 trotanoy Bordeaux Red
    2006 Trotanoy
    94
    WE
    93—95 Barrel sample. What a fine wine, elegant, structured, impressively balanced, full of spice, blackcurrants, vibrant acidity. A great year at Trotanoy.Wine Enthusiast | 9..." Learn More
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    As low as $525.00
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