New 2014 Releases from Château de la Maltroye! Cupano's "Baby Brunello" and Collector Jadot!

May 5, 2016
A Note from Sergio

Although Italian wine is our passion, IWM has been selling Burgundy for more than five years. I almost always put Italian wines and Italian producers in the Spotlight section of this eLetter, the segment devoted to the day's most exciting and most in-demand wines, because my heart and my life will always put Italy and Italian winemakers first. Therefore, when I choose to spotlight wines from outside of Italy, you know they're special. Today, I'm very pleased to bring you ten stellar new 2014 releases from Château de la Maltroye, and even those of you who are not Burgheads will want to take notice.

Château de la Maltroye is exactly the kind of family-owned-and-operated estate that I love to champion. In Jean-Pierre Cornut, Maltroye has a winemaker so dedicated that even selecting the staves of his barrels is part of a day's work; he makes meticulously crafted wines that sing with terrior, and every vintage tells us something different about Maltroye's lands. 2014 was a tricky vintage in Burgundy, throwing a lot of wet, cool weather and even hail at winemakers. It was a growing year that separated the excellent winemakers from those who are less skilled, and Cornut's team rose to the challenge. These 2014 wines, both red and white, drink with effortless beauty. Best of all, Cornut keeps the pricing reasonable, and these wines won't break the bank.

I've selected a couple of atypical wines to bracket these new 2014 Maltroye releases: Cupano's excellent organic Rosso di Montalcino from the benchmark 2010 vintage, and Louis Jadot's Corton-Charlemagne from 2012. The former is an IWM favorite producer, and the second a winemaker that's known even people who don't love wine. Both of these bottles are spectacular.

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
 Pure, Transparent 2014 Wines from Château de la Maltroye
2. Only At IWM: 
Benchmark "Baby Brunello" from Cupano
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Louis Jadot's Historic Collector 2012 Corton-Charlemagne
4. Our Experts Suggest: 
Bruno Giacosa Wines to Make You Fall in Love--Again!
5. Wine Events: Upcoming May Wine Tasting Events

My Best, 

Sergio Esposito


An often overlooked Burgundy estate, Château de la Maltroye is large for a family estate, sprawling across 40 acres. It's not particularly old for a Burgundy house; the estate dates back only to the eighteenth century, and its current owners, the Cornut family, have owned it since the mid-1950s. However, since the late 1990s when Jean-Pierre Cornut took the estate's helm, Château de la Maltroye has been on a distinct upward trajectory, and the most recent 2014 vintage suggests that the sky is the limit.

Today, we're delighted to present ten beautiful Burgundies from Château de la Maltroye's recent 2014 releases. Three red and seven white, these wines span price points from just under $30 a bottle for its compelling Bourgogne Rouge to just under $300 for its exquisite Bâtard-Montrachet. Regardless of whether you're a longtime Burghead or a wine-lover just beginning to explore France's most rewarding wine region, Château de la Maltroye has wines that will fit your palate, cellar and lifestyle. However, our allocations are limited and our very competitive pricing means that these wines won't last long in our cellars.

The white Maltroye Burgundies we offer today show unparalleled concentration and ripe stone fruit palates, beautifully balanced by their mouth-watering acidity and their minerality. The quality of these wines is due in no small part to the assiduous work of their winemaker, Jean-Pierre Cornut. For example, his wines are renowned for their judicious use of oak, but what's really important is that Jean-Pierre not only uses only the finest oak, he chooses each individual stave of wood that he uses in his barrels. The resulting white wines are just gorgeous--but so too are the red Burgundies from the estate. 

Much has been made over the '14 Burgundies, especially the whites. While the spring blossomed warm and early, and while the summer saw challenges in the form of rain, the sunny harvest gave astute producers like Château de la Maltroye's Jean-Pierre an excellent crop of very healthy berries. If you are a Burgundy connoisseur who favors precision over power and nuance over fatness, then you will love the 2014 wines of Château de la Maltroye. Château de la Maltroye crafts wines of great beauty and no small bit of wit, and this selection is thrilling. Contact your portfolio manager to secure yours before we sell through our limited allocations.


The wine world has been making a lot of fuss about the 2010 vintage in Montalcino, and for good reason: beyond being a benchmark vintage, it's a year that recalibrates the entire set of expectations for Brunello. But as great as this Brunello vintage is, it's still too early to enjoy it. Enter Rosso di Montalcino, the younger sibling to Brunello. We've often said that a really good Rosso di Montalcino performs a lot like a "baby Brunello," but that's rarely truer than in the exceptional 2010 Rosso from cult estate Cupano. Cupano is owned and operated by Ornella Tondini, an Italian, and Lionello Cousin, a Frenchman, who use organic viticulture and natural winemaking to craft their beautiful, terroir-driven wines. Succulent, explosive and complex, this '10 Rosso is a true "baby Brunello" that evokes the careful international style of its makers and their extraordinary attention to detail; it's an ideal wine to drink right now because sometimes impatience is golden.

Why Buy This Wine:

- Like its big-ticket sibling, Brunello, a Cupano Rosso di Montalcino is Sangiovese Grosso grown organically and vinified with care; it's an ideal wine to drink as your benchmark 2010 Brunellos age!

- This '10 Rosso cannot be contained; it's a succulent, aromatic explosion of juicy red and fruits, sweet baking spices, sun-warmed earth, elegant minerality, and cherry liqueur. 

- Caressing yet fresh, this is a complex, delicious wine that bewitches and beguiles its drinker; Cupano's Brunello and its Rosso mature in barriques, but the Rosso spends only one year to Brunello's two, making a wine that's approachable early.

- Mentored by Burgundy's fanatical Henri Jayer, Lionello Cousin takes a deeply personal approach in the vineyards; the estate's Rosso di Montalcino, made from younger vines in the same methods as its Brunello, illustrates the care in its bright fruit and approachable body.

- Cupano's Rosso di Montalcino bottling consistently speaks volumes about its unique terroir, organic fruit and careful winemaking, but this '10 bottling is something to treasure--and enjoy--right now!

- Presented at the BEST PRICE in the country, this 2010 Rosso di Montalcino is a true "baby Brunello," a lovely evocation of this benchmark vintage, and an excellent introduction to the estate's style; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours.

(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese Grosso)
$44.99 Regular Price
$41.39 Case Price/btl

*Pre-Arrival, June 2016


With holdings of 380 acres in Burgundy, Louis Jadot is a large estate, yet the estate shows the kind of commitment to terroir, to quality, and to tradition that IWM looks for in its artisanal producers. Founded by its namesake in 1859, Louis Jadot remained largely within the family until the 1980s, when the Gagey family assumed managerial control. For three decades Jacques Lardière led Jadot's tremendous success, and today Frédéric Barnier continues to make magnificent wines of unparalleled consistency. Today, we're delighted to offer Jadot's Domaine des Heritiers 2012 Corton-Charlemagne at very competitive pricing. Deriving from the original Côte de Beaune parcels that Louis Jadot bought when he founded the estate, this lieux-dit was then the only parcel allowed to call itself Corton-Charlemagne, and to this day it holds the position of being the very best. Intense, powerful and collectable, this '12 Corton Charlemagne is breathtaking.
Why Buy This Wine:
- With its southern exposure, Louis Jadot's parcel of Corton-Charlemagne holdings reign supreme in the appellation; this bottling represents one of the revered estate's oldest parcels--in fact, it was one of the first two pieces of land the estate purchased in 1856.
- Deriving from some of the most prized parcels on Corton hill, this Corton-Charlemagne selects from plots on both sides of the hill for a balanced, harmonious expression.
- Packed with telltale notes of crushed stone and juicy citrus, the nose of this '12 Corton-Charlemagne bursts with green apple, melon, and pear fruit that's framed with spicy ginger and fresh-cut herbs.
- This wine balances its silky approach with its powerful mid-palate and mouth watering-acidity, making for a mouth-feel that is almost electric; this is a gorgeous effort with breathtaking tension between its ripeness and its precision. 
- Historic, extraordinary, and vibrant, this '12 beauty will age for years and years to come; we urge you to resist temptation--if you can!

- Presented with special time-sensitive pricing that is the BEST PRICE in the States, Jadot Domaine des Heritiers '12 Corton-Charlemagne is an ideal wine for serious enthusiasts of white Burgundy; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours.

Jadot Domaine des Heritiers 2012 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru
(France, Burgundy - Chardonnay)
$199.00 Regular Price
$179.00 Half-Case Price/btl 

This offer will expire in 24 hours May 6th at 5:00 pm EST.


As an IWM Portfolio Manager, Garrett Kowalsky has married his love of wine with his background in finance and economics. A lover of many of the world's wine-growing regions, Garrett acknowledges that Burgundy and Barolo hold a special place in his heart.
Drinking Today: Casa Vinicola Bruno Giacosa 2013 Barbera d'Alba
(Italy, Piemonte - Barbera)
$32.99 Regular Price
$30.35 Case Price/btl
For the Cellar: Bruno Giacosa 2008 Barolo Le Rocche Falletto Riserva
(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo)
$449.00 Regular Price

For complete descriptions of the wines and an explanation of why Garrett selected these wines, please visit our expert's post at Inside IWM.


Saturday, May 14 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $124.99 
Italy and France may be rivals on the soccer pitch, but they're perfect complements at your table and in your wine glass. Join us as we explore some of the wines you should be drinking this spring, this summer and on into fall! Led by a knowledgeable IWM sommelier, this wine tasting event, complemented by regional meats and cheeses, will guide you through some of France's best loved white Burgundies, exploring their differences, nuances, and terroir; then we'll double down on your palate education by selecting Italian reds that work in concert with these French whites. Selecting from some of our favorite Italian producers, grapes, regions and styles, these red wines will give you pairing ideas for years to come!

*Wine list to be announced.

Saturday, May 21 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Hosted by: IWM Vice President, Crystal Edgar

Ticket Price: $99.99 
You might know of sake from enjoying Japanese restaurants and drinking it with your sushi or sashimi. You might also know sake from spending time in Japan and reveling in the local fare. Or you might know about the special beverages because they have become increasingly hip, exploding in American wine culture. But how much about sake do you really know? Join IWM at this very special tasting and learn about how this special beverage is made, its many designations and variations, and how protocol influences sake as much, or possibly more, than other wines. IWM's guest sake expert Haruke Black will pour eight different sakes, with bottles that are textured, dry, aromatic, complex, or elegant--all complemented by regional snacks. This sake tasting is going to be thrilling.

Featured Wine List:

Shochu Cocktail
Aoki Shuzo, Yuki Otoko Junmai (NV) 
Hamakawa Shoten, Bijofu Junmai The Gentleman (NV) 
Gochoda Shuzo, Azumaichi Junmai 
Isojiman Shuzo, Isojiman Junmai Ginjo 
Yamachu Honke Shuzo, Gikyo Junmai Ginjo 
Niizawa Shuzo, Hakurakusei Junmai Daiginjo (NV) 
Sakata Shuzo, Jokigen Junmai Daiginjo Kimoto (NV) 
Fukumitsuya, Kuroobi Do-Do
Chichibu Whiskey  
*Wine list may be subject to change.

Saturday, May 28 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $94.99 
Summer is just around the corner, and with Labor Day on the horizon, it's not too soon to stock your cellar with the wines you'll want to enjoy all summer long. Italy's warm weather, coastal regions, and easy living make for natural summertime pairings. A knowledgeable IWM sommelier will guide you through some of our very favorite warm weather wines, help you learn what pairs with summertime's trickier dishes, and show you how Italy's Amalfi Coast, Tuscan hills, and off-the-beaten path wines make your summertime even more delicious. Pouring from a selection of red and white wines, this tasting event, complemented with regional meats and cheeses, will set you up in style to enjoy summer's heat--while keeping your cool.

*Wine list to be announced.

For more information, please visit our website Wine Events Page.