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. 2009 araujo eisele cabernet sauvignon California Red
    2009 Araujo Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon
    97
    AG
    The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard is one of the great wines of the vintage. It brings together gorgeous aromatics, juicy, expressive red fruit and silky tannins. Now seem..." Learn More
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    As low as $679.00
  2. 2009 ausone Bordeaux Red
    2009 Ausone
    100
    JS
    Incredible nose of currants and blueberries. Flowers too. Licorice. Such purity on the nose of Cabernet Franc. Full body, incredible structure, with fabulous tannins and a long, lo..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,365.00
  3. 2009 beausejour duffau Bordeaux Red
    2009 Beausejour Duffau
    100
    JD
    A blend of 77% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2009 Beausejour (Duffau Lagarrosse) is utter perfection, and man, what a wine. Deep, inky, incredibl..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    9L
    3L
    As low as $449.00
  4. 2009 beychevelle Bordeaux Red
    2009 Beychevelle
    94
    JS
    An attractive, medium-bodied St.-Julien with plenty of blueberry character, plus touches of cassis and mint and a long, moderately dry finish that gives it a lot of appeal. Drink o..." Learn More
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    As low as $175.00
  5. 2009 bond vineyards pluribus California Red
    2009 Bond Vineyards Pluribus
    97
    RP
    The 2009 Proprietary Blend Pluribus boasts stunning concentration, depth and power. Tar, incense, graphite, plums and grilled herbs all flow from this dark, sumptuous Cabernet Sauv..." Learn More
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    As low as $445.00
  6. 2009 bond vineyards vecina California Red
    2009 Bond Vineyards Vecina
    98+
    RP
    BOND’s 2009 Proprietary Blend Vecina, from Vine Hill Ranch, is fascinating to taste after the St. Eden. While the St. Eden is round and sensual, the Vecina is all about linea..." Learn More
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    As low as $775.00
  7. 2009 branaire ducru Bordeaux Red
    2009 Branaire Ducru
    96
    JD
    The 2009 Branaire-Ducru is another killer wine from this vintage that’s drinking spectacularly well at age 10. Based on 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, and the rest Caber..." Learn More
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    As low as $135.00
  8. 2009 calon segur Bordeaux Red
    2009 Calon Segur
    96
    DEC
    This strikes exactly the right note aromatically: it's wonderfully sexy, smoky, intriguing and tantalising. On the palate it follows up these aromatics perfectly with silky-smooth ..." Learn More
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    3L
    5L
    As low as $175.00
  9. 2009 camensac Bordeaux Red
    2009 Camensac
    93
    WE
    92-94 Barrel sample. Big, ripe, juicy wine, the tannins very solid and dark. It has layers of new wood, power and considerable density. Wine Enthusiast | 93 WEBright, soft and frui..." Learn More
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    As low as $70.00
  10. 2009 canon Bordeaux Red
    2009 Canon
    99
    JD
    One of my favorite vintages from this incredible terroir located on the upper plateau of Saint-Emilion, the 2009 Château Canon is just about pure perfection in a glass. It de..." Learn More
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    3L
    As low as $209.00
  11. 2009 cantemerle Bordeaux Red
    2009 Cantemerle
    95
    JS
    Gorgeous ripe fruit character, with loads of blueberries, blackberries and flowers. Full body, with velvety tannins and a fruity, fresh, grapefruit aftertaste. Really beautiful. Be..." Learn More
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    As low as $74.99
  12. 2009 Chapoutier Hermitage Le Meal Rouge
    2009 Chapoutier Hermitage Le Meal Rouge
    100
    RP
    Even inkier in color than the 2010, the 2009 Ermitage le Meal is as good as Hermitage gets. Locked and loaded with phenomenal notes of jammy black raspberries, creme de cassis, cru..." Learn More
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    As low as $665.00
  13. 2009 chapoutier hermitage le pavillon Hermitage
    2009 Chapoutier Hermitage Le Pavillon
    100
    RP
    A perfect wine, the 2009 Ermitage Le Pavillon (1,093 cases) boasts a black/purple color as well as an extraordinary bouquet of acacia flowers, blackberries, blueberries, roasted me..." Learn More
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    As low as $489.00
  14. 2009 cheval blanc Bordeaux Red
    2009 Cheval Blanc
    100
    DEC
    A profoundly generous wine with coffee grounds and patisserie notes revealing grilled oak that's subtle but extremely pleasing. The quality of the tannins is exceptional - they are..." Learn More
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    As low as $679.00
  15. 2009 clos du marquis Bordeaux Red
    2009 Clos du Marquis
    95
    JS
    Rich yet firmly structured this is a very classic St.-Julien that's generous and polished with so much energy driving the long plush finish. Delicious now, but should hold for many..." Learn More
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    As low as $63.99
  16. 2009 clos fourtet Bordeaux Red
    2009 Clos Fourtet
    100
    RP
    After tasting it three times from bottle, I am convinced this prodigious wine is one of the greatest young Bordeaux I have ever tasted. Inky blue/purple with notes of camphor, fore..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    5L
    As low as $365.00
  17. 2009 cos destournel Bordeaux Red
    2009 Cos D'estournel
    100
    JD
    Another magical wine from this property, the 2009 Château Cos D'Estournel reminds me slightly of the 2005 with its incredibly rich, powerful, opulent style married to stunnin..." Learn More
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    As low as $380.00
  18. 2009 coutet Dessert White
    2009 Coutet
    96
    JS
    A triumph for the vintage with spices, dried mushroom, dried pineapple, peaches, and honey. Full and sweet with bright acidity and a long, intense finish. Powerful wine. This could..." Learn More
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    As low as $60.00
  19. 2009 coutet cuvee madame Dessert White
    2009 Coutet Cuvee Madame
    100
    RP
    The 2009 Cuvee Madame, composed of 100% Sémillon, is pale lemon-gold in color with a beguiling fragrance of peach blossoms, mandarin peel, jasmine and allspice with core of ..." Learn More
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    As low as $379.00
  20. 2009 Dom Ruinart Brut Blanc de Blancs
    2009 Dom Ruinart Brut Blanc de Blancs
    ..." Learn More
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    As low as $275.00
  21. 2009 domaine de chevalier blanc Bordeaux White
    2009 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc
    99
    JD
    Pure magic, the 2009 Domaine De Chevalier Blanc shows how special as well as how ageworthy these whites from the Graves region of Bordeaux can be. Revealing a medium gold color as ..." Learn More
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    As low as $225.00
  22. 2009 ducru beaucaillou Bordeaux Red
    2009 Ducru Beaucaillou
    100
    JD
    Probably one of my most consistent 100 pointers, I've been lucky enough to taste through close to a case of this beauty and it's never failed to just utterly blow me away. Still pu..." Learn More
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    3L
    As low as $399.00
  23. 2009 grand puy lacoste Bordeaux Red
    2009 Grand Puy Lacoste
    96
    DEC
    A full 80% Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend of 2009, giving it an unmistakably Pauillac character in terms of its dense tannins, and its pencil lead, slate character. Power and fine..." Learn More
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    As low as $135.00
  24. 2009 guigal cote rotie la landonne Cote Rotie
    2009 Guigal Cote Rotie La Landonne
    100
    JD
    I’ve been lucky to have drunk close to a case of the 2009 Côte Rôtie La Landonne, and if there’s a more perfect Syrah out there, I don’t know of it. R..." Learn More
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    As low as $629.00
  25. 2009 guigal cote rotie la turque Cote Rotie
    2009 Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque
    100
    JD
    Possibly my favorite vintage ever for the Northern Rhône (2010 and 2015 are both in the running), the 2009 Côte Rôtie La Turque is a mammoth of wine that offers e..." Learn More
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    As low as $625.00
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