Today's Featured Offer:
Stunning 2012 Latour-Gir
aud, Great Comte Armand Pommard, and New Gaja Rossj Bass!

September 18, 2014 
A Note from Sergio

Today, I'm delighted to step outside my home turf of Italy to feature the 2012 releases from Burgundy's Château Latour-Giraud. Jean-Pierre Latour faced plenty of challenges in 2012; rain, hail, cold, heat--nature threw the book at Burgundy in general and Meursault in specific. But Jean-Pierre did what he needed to do in the vineyards to ensure the best possible harvest. When that time came, he discovered that although his yields were down 40 percent, the grapes were insanely beautiful: high in phenolic compounds, and ripe but still acidic. In short, they were perfect.

The five 2012 Latour-Giraud Meursaults we offer today are fantastic. Each one holds its own personality, its own reflection of the high quality, low production vintage, and each speaks to the skills of its maker. IWM is very excited about these wines, and once you try them, you will be too.

Along with this great white Burgundy release, I'm delighted to offer a beautiful red, Comte Armand Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux 2011, and a Piemontese white inspired by Burgundy, Angelo Gaja's Rossj Bass. You can't go wrong with either of these wines, and I look forward to hearing how much you enjoy them.


Today's Featured Sections Include:


1. Spotlight on Excellence: Intense, Concentrated and Stunning 2012 Latour-Giraud Meursault
2. Time Sensitive Offer: Must-Have Comte Armand Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux 2011
3. Our Experts Suggest: Aldo Conterno, Red and White!
4. Only At IWM: Glorious 2013 Gaja Rossj Bass
5. Wine Events: 
Amazing Wines of Amalfi & Campania: An Exclusive Wine Lunch

My Best, 



Sergio Esposito


Today, we're delighted to announce the release of five of Domaine Latour-Giraud's Meursault from the intensely concentrated, very low production year of 2012. Best of all, we're presenting these five wines--the '12 Meursault Cuvée Charles Maxime, Meursault Les Narvaux, Meursault Genevrières 1er Cru, Meursault Charmes 1er Cru, and Meursault 1er Cru Perrières--at very competitive pricing. In fact, most of these wines sport the BEST PRICE in the States!

Although Domaine Latour-Giraud has been an estate for many generations, and although its Burgundies garner accolades from both critics and connoisseurs, it's an estate that has flown very much under the radar. Jean-Pierre Latour, owner of Latour-Giraud since the '90s, makes his wines with a fervent, meticulous eye to detail. Since assuming control of the estate, he has revamped the protocol both in the vineyard and in the cellar, changes that have amounted to a delicious revolution. The result is wines that get better every year--powerful white Burgundies with brilliant mouth-watering acidity held upon a glorious core of minerality. 

While Latour-Giraud's Meursault offer tremendous intensity, concentration and texture in any vintage, in 2012, a year when the vineyards yielded less than half of their normal harvest, these wines are yet more packed with dry extract. Jean-Pierre acknowledged that while 2012 presented myriad climatic challenges, the harvest was nearly perfect, presenting him with ideal, concentrated berries that made wines that offer an impeccable balance of freshness and ripeness. These '12 Meursault will do more than impress; they will astound. Latour-Giraud's '12 Meursault pack in the palate-drenching fruits, yet they also dance across the palate in a refreshing manner because of their near perfect acidity. 

It's this domaine's work ethic that makes all the difference. Latour-Giraud is so dedicated to quality that its entry-level Meursault Cuvée Charles Maxime derives from seven different Lieux-Dits in Meursault, three of which are almost always produced under their own name: Les Vireuils, Clos du Cromin, and Limozin. However, Jean-Pierre chooses to blend these great vineyards and others to produce a "house" Meursault to honor their heritage, one that rivals if not surpasses the best "Village" wines from any estate in Meursault. Burgheads will be gratified to know that Latour Giraud gives Coche Dury and Lafon a run for their money, and it does so at a fraction of the price. 

Whether you choose the impeccably balanced Cuvée Charles Maxime, the pure and fresh Les Narvaux, the succulent Charmes 1er Cru, the classic Genevrières, or the concentrated Perrières, you're securing an extraordinary bottle of Meursault. As you might expect from the kind of winemaking practices Jean-Pierre Latour takes, these wines are always in very small allocations, and in 2012, these allocations are even yet more limited. We urge you to contact your portfolio manager to secure yours.
$59.99 Regular Price
$55.19 Case Price/btl

Domaine Latour Giraud 2012 Meursault Genevrières 1er Cru
$99.99 Regular Price
$91.99 Case Price/btl

Domaine Latour Giraud 2012 Meursault 1er Cru Perrières
$109.99 Regular Price
$101.19 Case Price/btl

Domaine Latour Giraud 2012 Meursault Les Narvaux
$68.99 Regular Price
$63.47 Case Price/btl

Domaine Latour Giraud 2012 Meursault Charmes 1er Cru
$94.99 Regular Price
$87.39 Case Price/btl

(France, Burgundy - Chardonnay)


One family has owned Pommard's Comte Armand since 1826, something quite rare in Burgundy. Although the estate's vines succumbed to the great phylloxera epidemic of the late nineteenth century, the domaine replanted in 1930, when its holdings were limited to just its great 13-acre 1er Cru monopole Clos de Epeneaux. Under the leadership of Pascal Marchand, the domaine nearly doubled its acreage and expanded into Volnay, Meursault and Auxey-Duresses. In 1999, winemaking wunderkind Benjamin Leroux took over winemaking duties, and in the past couple of decades, Leroux has transformed the estate. Committed to biodynamic principles, Leroux took the estate first organic and, now, biodynamic, farming and bottling as close to lunar cycles as is pragmatic. The results speak for themselves--these wines are arguably the very best in the long, august history of this important domaine. Today, we're delighted to present the intense, velvety Comte Armand 2011 Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux at extremely competitive pricing. 

Why Buy This Wine:

- Since winemaking powerhouse Benjamin Leroux took control of this estate in 1999 at the tender age of 23, Comte Armand's wines have only grown more intense, more delicious, and more explosive.
- The Clos des Epeneaux 1er Cru, Comte Armand's "tete du cuvée," a blend of grapes grown on vines ranging from 25 to 80 years old from different vineyard plots within the historic monopole, can be easily confused for a Grand Cru in most vintages--for example, this one.
- The nose presents a profusion of red, blue and black fruit and a telltale Pommard earthiness in this muscular, low production '11 Pommard Clos des Epeneaux; these notes resound on the powerful yet velvety palate.
- Offering a concentrated core of succulent fruits, a dusting of spice, a thrum of earth and a long, lingering finish, this '11 Clos des Epeneaux is a must-have Pommard.
- In stock and ready to ship, this gorgeous wine, while tempting now, will age spectacularly; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours.


Comte Armand 2011 Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux

(France, Burgundy - Pinot Noir) 

$189.99 Regular Price 
$142.49 Special Price/btl


This offer is available 48 hrs and will expire on September 20th at 5:00 pm EST.


Francesco Vigorito fell in love with a 1998 Ornellaia at his high school graduation. After living in Florence, Italy, and getting his Sommelier Certification with the Court of Master Sommeliers in the UK, Francesco came to IWM as a Portfolio Manager.

Drinking Today: Poderi Aldo Conterno 2009 Langhe Chardonnay Bussiador

(Italy, Piemonte - Chardonnay)
$50.00 Regular Price 
$46.00 Case Price/btl


(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo)
$79.99 Regular Price 
$73.59 Case Price/btl


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



Masterful, idiosyncratic and divisive, Angelo Gaja brought Barbaresco to the world's attention, but this Piemonte producer crafts an array of world-class wines, including the white we're spotlighting today, Rossj-Bass. While rooted in the tradition of the Langhe, Angelo Gaja recognizes the region's inherent flexibility that allows it to bend to Nebbiolo-based reds, Chardonnay-based whites and even international grapes. Though Gaja's penchant for innovation has its detractors, Angelo has triumphed, for Gaja's wines are among the world's most acclaimed and sought-after bottlings in the world, whether reds or whites. While Gaja's more famous white is his renowned Chardonnay Gaia & Rey, his Rossj Bass, Chardonnay with a kiss of Sauvignon Blanc, is a delicious, complex, and approachable bottling that could only come from the hands of Gaja. Today, we're delighted to announce the release of the aromatic, juicy and rich 2013 Rossj-Bass, a perennial IWM favorite presented at the BEST PRICE in the States.

Why Buy This Wine:

- A blend of mostly Chardonnay kissed with Sauvignon Blanc, Rossj-Bass comes from the Rossj vineyard as well as several other estate-owned vineyards that range along Piemonte's swirling hills blending to create a delicately perfumed wine with an enchanting golden color, surprising depth and mouth-watering acidity.
- Rossj Bass named after one of Angelo's daughters, Rossana, and the Piedmontese word for "low," bass, a nod to the vineyard's position; it ferments in temperature-controlled stainless steel and then ages for six to seven months in barriques.
- Gaja '13 Rossj Bass offers white flower aromatics, orchard fruits, nuts and honey; the medium-bodied dry palate echoes these notes and adds spice to the mix; juicy acidity and a pleasantly rich mouth-feel complete the experience.
- IWM is delighted to present this 2013 Gaja release at the BEST PRICE in the country; please contact your portfolio manager to secure yours.


Gaja 2013 Chardonnay Rossj Bass*

(Italy, Piemonte - Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc)

$79.99 Regular Price
$73.59 Case Price/btl

*Pre-Arrival, Spring 2015


Saturday, September 20, 2014, 1-3 pm

Hosted by: Robin Kelley O'Connor
European Wine Specialist & Director of Education

Almost everyone comes to love Italian wines through the wines of Italy's North--Nebbiolos from Piemonte, Sangiovese from Toscana, Pinot Grigio from Liguria, or Amarone from the Veneto. This special wine-tasting lunch takes a dip into Italy's South, Campania and the Amalfi Coast, to be exact, to explore the wild, powerful and elegant terrain of a winemaking region that's near and dear to our hearts. Led by IWM Wine Specialist and Director of Wine Education Robin Kelley O'Connor, this special four-course lunch will take you on a journey across Campania. You'll enjoy wines from cult favorites like Galardi and De Concilliis, and we'll introduce you to the wines of Raffaele Palma, the rising star of the Amalfi Coast. Along the way, you'll dine on delicious dishes prepared by our own in-house kitchen, make new friends, and discover new appreciation for the overlooked region of Campania. From Fiano to Piedirosso, and all that lies in between, Campanian wines will amaze you; join us and learn why we love the wines of Italy's South!

Featured Menu & Wine List:*

1st Course-Antipasti:
Salumi & Formaggi (Prociutto di Parma and Chef's Selection of Artisanal Cheeses)
Crostini Alla Provatura (Provatura & Anchovy Crostino)
Heirloom Tomatoes and Mozzarella Di Bufala Campania
Insalata Dei Nervetti (Veal Tendon Salad) 
Pasta Cresciuta (Mixed Fried...Ex: Tomatoes, Whole Herbs, Sardines)
Scagliuozzoli (Cornmeal Fritters)

De Conciliis Selim Spumante Brut NV 

De Conciliis Donnaluna Fiano 2012 

2nd Course:
Risotto ai Gamberetti con Fiori di Zucca, Fave e Mais
Rock Shrimp Risotto with Roasted Corn, Fava Beans and Squash Blossoms

Raffaele Palma Puntacroce 2011

Raffaele Palma Salicerchi 2011

3rd Course:
Galletto al Mattone con farro e funghi chanterelle affumicati
Grilled Rooster "Under the Brick" with Farro and Smoked Chanterelle

Raffaele Palma Montecorvo 2011
Galardi Terra di Lavoro 2010 
De Conciliis Naima 2006 

4th Course:

*Wine list subject to change.

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