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Stunning Didier Dagueneau 2012 Poully-Fumé, Vintage Sassicaia, and Classic Corton-Chardonnay
 
July 1, 2015 
A Note from Sergio

Didier Dagueneau was an extraordinary man. He ran sled dog races. He raced motorcycles. He flew ultralight airplanes. And he revamped winemaking in the Loire Valley, raising the area's quality with a single-minded pursuit of bringing the best out of the Sauvignon Blanc grape. He was a controversial and outspoken winemaker with no formal winemaking experience, setting himself apart with radical techniques that included ridiculously low yields, the tireless effort of Tris--or picking the fruit by hand through several passes in the vineyard--and growing his grapes with a maniacal devotion to biodynamic acrigulture. His Pouilly-Fumé Pur Sang and Pouilly-Fumé Silex rank among the great whites of the world.

When Dagueneau died in a 2008 ultralight plane accident, he'd already ensured his legacy, not only by pushing himself to make the best wines he could in his appellation but also by training his son Benjamin and his daughter Charlotte to follow in his footsteps. Today, I'm very pleased to present four 2012 bottlings of Didier Dagueneau. If you've never tasted Dagueneau's wines before, these four Pouilly-Fumé bottlings will shake up your understanding of the grape, and if you have, you are in for a treat with this vintage. They are intense, gorgeous Sauvignon Blanc wines--they're mind-blowing.

Along with these 2012 Loire Valley wines, I'm proud to present a 33-year-old bottle of Sassicaia, something you can't get from any other wine merchant in the United States. Of course it arrives with perfect, straight-line provenance, just as you'd expect. Finally, I'm very happy to offer some of the last of Bonneau du Martray's exceptional '09 Corton-Charlemagne. It's in magnum, perfect to cellar for awhile or to pour at your summertime gatherings.

Enjoy!

 
Today's Featured Sections Include:

  

1. Spotlight on Excellence: Four Stunning Didier Dagueneau 2012 Pouilly-Fumé
2. Only At IWM: 
1982 Sassicaia--Mature, Elegant and Classic
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Velvety, Extraordinary Bonneau du Martray '09 Corton-Charlemagne
4. Our Experts Suggest: 
Dal Forno's Transformative Wines
5. Wine Events: Upcoming New York & Aspen Wine Tastings: July 2015
  

My Best, 

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Sergio Esposito
Owner/Founder


SPOTLIGHT ON EXCELLENCE


If there was anyone who respected the full potential of Sauvignon Blanc, it was the late, great Didier Daqueneau. "Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most complex and subtle grapes," he once said in an interview, "but it's very hard to extract that complexity." Known for his disheveled mane of hair, Dagueneau was a breed apart from other Loire Valley producers, and he found a way to make complex, age-worthy, thrilling Sauvignon Blanc. Today, we're very pleased to present four 2012 bottlings of Didier Dagueneau Pouilly-Fumé. In stock and ready to ship, these four bottles represent the very best of what the Loire Valley, the 2012 vintage, and the Sauvignon Blanc grape have to offer.

An explorer and adventurer, Dagueneau took that same passion and curiosity for life and injected it into his wines. With no formal wine training, he challenged the way wine, specifically Sauvignon Blanc, was made in Pouilly-Fumé with rigorous pruning for exceptionally low yields, hand harvesting of all fruits and vineyard-specific bottling and barrel fermentation. He released his first vintage in 1982, with only three acres of vineyard in the town of Saint Andelain; today, the Dagueneau domaine stretches across 27 acres. Didier passed away in an aircraft accident in September 2008, but his legacy lives on in his groundbreaking Sauvignon Blanc and in the winemaking prowess of his son, Louis Benjamin, who assumed control in '08 when he was just 26 years old.

2012 was a challenging vintage in the Loire Valley, and it took Benjamin's full skill set to turn his small crop of '12 grapes into these extraordinary bottlings. As his father Didier had taught him to do, Benjamin relied on nature to provide healthy grapes from his hand-harvested, biodynamically maintained vineyards, and nature did not let this vigneron down. The four '12 bottlings we offer today are concentrated, expressive, and evocative, and they illustrate why Didier Dageuneau is to the Loire Valley what Alvaro Palacios is to Priorat, Josko Gravner is to Friuli, or Ales Kristancic is to Brda: a visionary producer who changed the way the world understands his home region.

Whether you select the exotic cru Pouilly-Fumé Buisson Renard, the stylish and sophisticated Pouilly-Fumé Pur Sang, the textured and vibrant Pouilly-Fumé Silex, or the complex and seductive entry-level Pouilly-Fumé, your very good taste will be rewarded. Layered, nuanced expressions of the Sauvignon Blanc grape, these Dagueneau Pouilly-Fumés wind their citrus, stone and tropical fruits around a serious mineral core, while their lush texture belies their steely energy. Our allocations await you in our temperature-controlled cellar, but they are limited. Contact your portfolio manager to secure your intense, thrilling Didier Dagueneau '12 Pouilly-Fumé before these bottles are all gone.
 

 

Didier Dagueneau 2012 Pouilly-Fumé Buisson Renard

(France, Loire Valley - Sauvignon Blanc)

$119.99 Regular Price

$110.39 Case Price/btl


Didier Dagueneau 2012 Pouilly-Fumé Pur Sang

(France, Loire Valley - Sauvignon Blanc)

$109.99 Regular Price

$101.19 Case Price/btl


Didier Dagueneau 2012 Pouilly-Fumé Silex

(France, Loire Valley - Sauvignon Blanc)

$149.99 Regular Price

$137.99 Case Price/btl


Didier Dagueneau 2012 Pouilly-Fumé

(France, Loire Valley - Sauvignon Blanc)

$79.99 Regular Price

$73.59 Case Price/btl



ONLY AT IWM
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As most IWM clients know, Sassicaia--a masterful cuvée of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc--is single-handedly responsible for launching the Super-Tuscan movement, and it remains one of the most sought-after wines in the world. Marchese Nicolò Incisa della Rocchetta continues the tradition at the Tenuta San Guido estate with the spirit and dedication that drove his late father, Mario. More than a wine whose pedigree, elegance and synchronicity of site and grape varietal changed the world of wine forever, Sassicaia is a wine that always lives up to its intense reputation. While undeniably rich in history, Sassicaia is consistently intense, complex and aristocratic, a wine whose sinuous balance of berries, herbs and smoke entrances, seduces, and renders connoisseurs helpless. Today, we're delighted to present an IWM exclusive, the 1982 Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia, a wine you simply can't find at other US merchants.

Why Buy This Wine:

- Sassicaia, a legendary wine that's single-handedly responsible for launching the Super-Tuscan movement, may be the most coveted Bordeaux-style blend ever produced; the regard for this wine is so great that it was awarded its own DOC status by the same classification system that initially shunned it, a first for Italian wine.

- IWM believes the best way to enjoy Sassicaia is with some age; an evolved bottling of Sassicaia allows for tertiary development and showcases this legendary Super Tuscan's nuances with elegance and style.

- Upon release, this '82 Sassicaia burst with laser-precise yet juicy red and black fruit, mocha, spice, earth and floral aromatics; round yet structured, it caressed the mouth with balanced, chewy tannins.

- Now with more than thirty years of age, this mature wine has added delightful tertiary notes to the mix--cedar mingles with dusty earth, graphite and licorice in a plummy, velvety and elegant wine.

- IWM is the only US merchant who can offer this '82 Sassicaia, and these bottles arrive with pristine, straight-line provenance and perfect maturity.

- While these bottles of thirty-plus-year-old Sassicaia are in stock and ready to ship, they are limited; please contact your portfolio manager to secure yours.

 

 

Tenuta San Guido 1982 Sassicaia

(Italy, Toscana - Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc)
$598.00 Regular Price


TIME SENSITIVE OFFER
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BEST PRICE IN THE US! 
One of the most revered producers of Corton Charlemagne, Bonneau du Martray has certainly earned its reputation over the past two centuries, especially during the past decade of vintages, which have signaled an incredible revival. The family-owned-and-operated Bonneau makes just two wines, splitting its production between approximately 95% Corton-Charlemagne and the remainder Corton Rouge, both Grand Crus and both collectable. Bonneau du Martray's Corton vineyards lie in the original section of the hill of Corton, where the very finest vines are located, and in its Corton-Charlemagne, the domaine blends across three separate parcels of Chardonnay on the hill to create a wine that's powerful yet nuanced, aromatic yet flinty, and rich yet elegant. Today, we're delighted to present the silky, exotic Bonneau du Martray 2009 Corton-Charlemagne in magnum! Enjoyable now, the large format bottling of this luscious '09 means it will become yet more beautiful in the years to come.

Why Buy This Wine:

- Under the management of Jean-Charles le Bault de la Morinière and his winemaking team, this estate has been on a mission to make the estate the greatest in the appellation; the wine we offer today embodies the team's success.

- Corton-Charlemagne is one of the finest wines in the world, and Bonneau du Martray must be considered one of the top three estates producing this sensational wine.

- In the past century, the appellation of Corton-Charlemagne has grown, and Bonneau's 23-acres of vineyards, the largest single Grand Cru holding of any Burgundy producer, sit in the prime pocket of the territory.

- Fresh yet exotic, this bright gold '09 Corton-Charlemagne offers a developing, restrained bouquet of fresh green apples, citrus-spiced pears, and intense minerality, and its very focused palate fills the mouth with a tremendous texture and complexity.

- Showing a fresh, ripe and elegant nose, the bold structure of this '09 will mellow to create an incredibly pleasurable drinking experience.

- IWM is pleased to present these magnum bottles of '09 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne at the BEST PRICE in the US; please contact your portfolio manager to secure yours.


Bonneau du Martray 2009 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (1.5L)
(France, Burgundy - Chardonnay)
$359.99 Regular Price
$287.99 Special Price/btl 

This offer will expire in 48 hours on July 3rd at 5:00 pm EST.


OUR EXPERTS SUGGEST
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After working as a private banker, John joined IWM in 2009. Becoming an IWM senior portfolio manager has deepened John's wine knowledge and developed a true passion for wine, and he now runs the IWM showroom and Saturday tasting series. A Colombian native, John considers himself a New Yorker.

 

Drinking Today: Dal Forno Romano 2009 Valpolicella Superiore
(Italy, Veneto - Corvina, Corvinone, Croatina, Oseleta, Rondinella, Molinara)
$109.99 Regular Price
 
For the Cellar: Dal Forno Romano 2009 Amarone della Valpolicella
(Italy, Veneto - Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara)
$399.00 Regular Price

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



WINE EVENTS
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A Taste of Sake

Saturday, July 11 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY

A Sit-Down Tasting

 

Ticket Price: $85.00

 

IWM Host: Crystal Edgar

You might know of sake from enjoying Japanese restaurants and drinking it with your sushi or sashimi. You might know about sake because you've spent time in Japan, and you reveled in the local fare. Or you might know about Sake because it's one of the hippest wines, and it's exploding in American wine culture. But how much about sake do you really know? Join IWM at this very special sake tasting, and learn about sake's double fermentation, its two basic designations and its many permutations, and how protocol influences sake as much, or possibly more, than other wines. IWM's wine educators will pour nine different sakes, with bottles that are sparkling, textured, dry, aromatic, complex, or elegant--all complemented by regional snacks. This sake tasting is an IWM first, and it's going to be thrilling.

 

Featured Wine List & Tasting Menu:

   

Umenoyado, Bunny Natural Sparkling Sake

Umenoyado, Evoluzione Junmai

Umenoyado, Evoluzione Junmai Gingo

Midorikawa Shuzo, Junmai (NV)

Kirinzan Shuzo, Junmai Gingo (NV)

Umenoyado, Evoluzione Junmai Daiginjo

Kiminoi Shuzo, Yamahai Junmai Daiginjo Emperor's Well (NV)

Umenoyado, Evoluzione Junmai Nigori

Umenoyado, Aragoshi Umeshu

 

Antipasti (Otsumami) 

Karrage(Japanese Fried Chicken, Ginger and Mirin)

Tsukemono (Pickled Vegetables)

Gyoza (Pork Dumpling, Scallion and Shiitake)

Edamame (Steamed Soybeans, Matcha Sea Salt)

Kumomoto (West Coast Oysters & Uni)

Kushiyaki (Assorted Grilled Skewers, Black Sesame)

 

*Wine list may be subject to change.

 


 

The Super Tuscan Revolution & Beyond

Saturday, July 18 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY

A Sit-Down Tasting

 

Ticket Price: $75.00


IWM Host: Will Di Nunzio

Every story has a beginning, a middle and an end, and the story of the Super-Tuscan revolution is no different. This special wine event will give wine-lovers like you an opportunity to immerse yourself in the fairytale beauty of Super-Tuscan wines, to experience the wines that help to explain why the revolution had to come, and to envision what this region has in store for the future. We've selected some of our favorite Super-Tuscan producers, like the biodynamic Poderie Le Boncie and Castello dei Rampolla and the Bolgheri beauty Le Macchiole. And we've included wines from Angela Gaja's outpost in Toscana as well as Brunello from Cupano, so that you can understand the influence of Super-Tuscan methodology in Italy. Let IWM's knowledgable wine experts be your narrator for this delicious event, and finish it with a happily-ever-after meeting of great wine-lovers just like yourself. The best thing about this story? It's all true, and it's only available from IWM.
 
*Wine list to be announced.

 


 

The Hunt for Red August

Saturday, August 1 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY

A Sit-Down Tasting

 

Ticket Price: $75.00


We love rosés, whites and sparkling wines, but IWM's true passion is for red wines. Whether a Big Red, a collector red, a lithe and nimble red, or a delicious red, we can't get enough red, red wine. Join us as we celebrate the dog days of summer with a tasting dedicated to red wines. From French Pinot Noir to Super Tuscans, this tasting will feature red wines that are ideal for August enjoyment, those hot days and cool nights that lead us to fall's harvest bounty. Guided by knowledgeable IWM sommeliers, this glorious tasting, complemented by meats and cheeses, is devoted to exploring the lushness, the power, and the unexpected finesse of red wines from some of our favorite producers. It's big, it's beautiful, and it's only available at IWM, the world's leading authority in Italian wine.
 
*Wine list to be announced.

 


 

Ferragosto Wine & Cheese Pairing

Saturday, August 15 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY

A Sit-Down Tasting

 

Ticket Price: $89.00


IWM Guest Host: Fromager Bob Marcelli

When Italians celebrate Ferragosto on August 15, just about the whole country shuts down as families enjoy a day at the beach or in the mountains. Join us as we celebrate this quintessential Italian summer holiday with one of the most natural pairings in the wine-and-food world: delicious Italian wines and beautiful Italian cheeses. IWM's wine educators will pour great wines from some of our favorite producers, all while pairing each wine with an exceptional, perfectly complementary cheese. Even more exciting, we'll be joined by Bob Marcelli from Marcelli Formaggi in Abbruzzo, Italy, who will tell the story behind cheeses like Pecorino Gregoriano, Caciocavallo, Pezzata Rossa, and Pecorino Fiorello. Tantalize your taste buds and expand your pairing expertise at this delicious Saturday event. It's like a holiday Italy--but without the jet lag.
 
*Wine list to be announced.

 


 

Back To School: ABC's of Italian Wine

Saturday, August 29 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY

A Sit-Down Tasting

 

Ticket Price: $75.00


Every story has a beginning, a middle and an end, and the story of the Super-Tuscan revolution is no different. This special wine event will give wine-lovers like you an opportunity to immerse yourself in the fairytale beauty of Super-Tuscan wines, to experience the wines that help to explain why the revolution had to come, and to envision what this region has in store for the future. We've selected some of our favorite Super-Tuscan producers, like the biodynamic Poderie Le Boncie and Castello dei Rampolla and the Bolgheri beauty Le Macchiole. And we've included wines from Angela Gaja's outpost in Toscana as well as Brunello from Cupano, so that you can understand the influence of Super-Tuscan methodology in Italy. Let IWM's knowledgable wine experts be your narrator for this delicious event, and finish it with a happily-ever-after meeting of great wine-lovers just like yourself. The best thing about this story? It's all true, and it's only available from IWM.
 
*Wine list to be announced.

 


 


Friday, July 3 | 5:00 pm | Aspen, CO

A Sit-Down Tasting

 

Ticket Price: $225.00


Independence Day weekend is the right time to celebrate American wines and American winemaking. IWM Aspen will raise our glasses in a salute to the red, white and blue with a quartet of American wines. Our knowledgeable sommelier will be pouring wines from all-star estates Opus, Gogi (the winemaking venture of Kurt Russell) and Williams Selyem, and as you enjoy these American beauties, you'll learn more about winemaking here in the US, what makes California different, and how these wines reflect their Old World origins. Save the sparklers for July 4th, and enjoy these American wines on Friday, July 3rd!

Featured Wine List:

Opus One 2011
Gogi Angel Baby Pinot Noir 2011
Williams Selyem Pinot Noir 2010
Gogi Goldie Chardonnay 2012
 
*Wine list may be subject to change.

 


 


Friday, July 10 | 5:00 pm | Aspen, CO

A Sit-Down Tasting

 

Ticket Price: $100.00


France does it. Italy loves it. Spain has a passion for it. Rosé and sparkling wines are a universal joy, and there's no time like the springtime to pop open bottles of Champagne, Prosecco, Cava, rosé and rosatos. Join us for this special tasting and sample some of our very favorite Bandol rosés, Italian Rosato, and many others, all presented with complementary regional meats and cheeses. It's an event tailor made for those who love the finer things in life--and want to celebrate them with gusto.
 
*Wine list to be announced.

 


 


Friday, July 17 | 5:00 pm | Aspen, CO

A Sit-Down Tasting

 

Ticket Price: $100.00


Most people think white wine when they think of summertime, and while it's true that the classic pairing of a cool glass of white wine and summer heat feels natural, warm weather is no time to put away your reds! This tasting explores the beauty of red wines in warm weather, the wines that complement a sizzling steak hot from the grill, barbecued pork or chicken, or cheeseburgers just the way you like them. IWM Aspen's wine expert will pour wines from some of our favorite red wine producers--Raffaele Palma on the Amalfi Coast, Bodegra Chacra in Patagonia, Biondi-Santi in Toscana, and Quinto Chionetti in Piemonte--to convince you that summertime is right for red, and so are you!

Featured Wine List:

Raffaele Palma Montecorvo 2011
Bodega Chacra Pinot Noir Rio Negro Cincuenta y Cinco 2011
Biondi-Santi Il Greppo Rosso di Montalcino 2010 
Quinto Chionetti San Luigi Dolcetto di Dogliani 2010
 
*Wine list may be subject to change.

 


 


Friday, July 24 | 5:00 pm | Aspen, CO

A Sit-Down Tasting

 

Ticket Price: $210.00


There's no better way to spend a Friday night in July than enjoying a distinguished lineup of delicious white Burgundy. Let a knowledgeable IWM Aspen expert pour wines from William Fevre, Château de Maltroy, Jean-Philippe Fichet, and Latour-Giraud--all while imparting insider information that will educate you in the nuances of the grape and the region. Enjoying a selection of top domaines and appellations, you'll experience major white Burgundy-producing villages in the Cote d'Or as well as Chablis, and you'll explore the unique characteristics of terroir, vintage, appellation, and winemaker style. Join us for a celebration of what makes white Burgundy so special, and get ready for delicious drinking all summer long!

Featured Wine List:

William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses 2012
Maltroye Chassagne Morgeot Blanc W 2012
Jean-Philippe Fichet Meursault Tesson 2012
Latour Giraud Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Champs Canet 2012
Maltroye Chassagne Morgeot Blanc Vieilles Vignes 2012
 
*Wine list may be subject to change.

 


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