André Clouet Celebrates with Style! Vintage Le Pergole Torte! Vintage Sassicaia!
November 24, 2015 
A Note from Sergio

I love Champagne. In the world of sparkling wines, Champagne stands alone. Its ability to conjure elegance, magic and sophistication make it special. Its beauty, its individuality, its capacity to transmit terroir and vintage, and its effortless ways with difficult dishes make it unique. You can never go wrong with good Champagne; more than being the wine to open when you want to celebrate, a great bottle of Champagne makes food taste delicious, conversation sparkle, and your night magical.

Today, I'm delighted to shine a spotlight on one singular bottle, André Clouet Cuvée 1911. This Champagne house is different, and this wine is unusual. Its maker blends together a magical selection of vintages to make a wine that brings out the best. It's definitely a wine where its whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and the most recent release is spectacular. Most serious Champagne lovers go for vintage bottles, but this cuvée is one that should be in their cellars and on their lips. It's rich, textured, and complex, and it cries out for seafood, duck or roasted chicken.

Along with this wine that makes celebrations out of meals, I'm very happy to offer two vintage Super-Tuscan wines from two of the greatest producers: Montevertine and Tenuta San Guido. Both of these '80s bottles,'88 Le Pergole Torte and '82 Sassicaia, are ready to go right now, and both will make your dinner guests--and you--very, very happy. Most people drink their Super-Tuscan wines too early. Mature and gorgeous, these vintage bottles show you why patience is a virtue.


Today's Featured Sections Include:
1. Spotlight on Excellence: IWM Signature Champagne, André Clouet Cuvée 1911
2. Only At IWM: 
Double Magnums of Vintage Le Pergole Torte
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Pristine, Perfect Thirty-Year-Old Sassicaia!
4. Our Experts Suggest: 
Sangiovese Grosso for the Holidays!
5. Wine Events: Upcoming November Wine Tasting Events

My Best, 


Sergio Esposito


André Clouet is one of the few Champagnes IWM stands by. André Clouet has taken to heart the tenet of Laurent-Perrier, whose famed Cuvée Grand Siecle was, from the 1950s until succumbing to fashion in the 1990s, always a magical blend of vintages. Jean-François Clouet resurrected Laurent-Perrier's idea with his André Clouet Cuvée 1911, and did so with stunning success. André Clouet 1911 is a spellbinding blend of multiple vintages of grand cru Pinot Noir from Bouzy, both ethereally elegant and exotically rich. Today, we're proud to present André Clouet Cuvée 1911, one of IWM's signature Champagnes.

Just under 20 acres in the grand crus of Bouzy and Ambonnay, André Clouet is a small family-owned-and-operated estate with a reputation for crafting serious, beautiful grower Champagnes. The Clouet family has long history in the region--in fact, current owner-operator Jean-François Clouet still lives in the house built by his ancestors, and he ages the estate's wines in the seventeenth-century cellar under the house. Clouet crafts a range of vintage and non-vintage Champagne bottlings, including the spellbinding 1911, which adheres to the Champagne tradition of blending multiple vintages to create a balanced, powerful wine.

Bursting with tropical and citrus fruits, toasted brioche, crushed roses, a kiss of spice and a sophisticated core of saline minerality, this Champagne marries power with finesse thanks to its mousse-like texture that's backed with bracing acidity. For its Cuvée 1911, Clouet blends the vintages of 2002, 2004, 2004, and 2005 together to create an extraordinary, structured, and balanced wine that marries traits of both classic and ripe years. Cuvée 1911 commemorates the year riots broke out in the Champagne region as the local farmers rebelled against the larger houses, as well as the number of bottles Andre Clouet makes each bottling.

This is serious, full-bodied Champagne that makes you rethink the category--it's a sparkler to enjoy in a Burgundy glass because it drinks more like a great wine than a simple sparkler. A weighty package that delivers power with finesse, a mousse-like texture, and bracing acidity, Clouet's Cuvée 1911 is a wine for the entire meal, yet it still sparkles with the sophistication, elegance and air of celebration that only fine Champagne can provide. Ideal for your holiday season, André Clouet Cuvée 1911 is in stock and ready to ship; contact your portfolio manager to secure this exquisite Champagne at very competitive pricing.

(France, Champagne - Pinot Noir)
$99.99 Regular Price
$79.99 Case Price/btl

This offer will expire in 48 hours on November 26th at 5:00 pm EST.


A few weeks ago, we were very proud to offer a 12-liter format of 1988 Montevertine Le Pergole Torte. However, we realize that a bottle this big may be too much--even if a wine this great deserves a large format. Today, we're happy to offer this beautiful, elegant bottling in a much more manageable size: a double magnum. Sergio Manetti's passion redefined the Super-Tuscan revolution when he shifted the focus to his love, Tuscan Sangiovese. Manetti debuted his mono-varietal Sangiovese Le Pergole Torte in 1977, and the rest, as they say, is history. Manetti died in 2000, but he left a legacy in his wines and in the estate he left in his son Martin's hands. Big, history-changing wines deserve big, beautiful bottles, and today, we're proud to present double magnums of perfectly mature, perfectly stored Le Pergole Torte from the overlooked 1988 vintage, presented at the BEST PRICE in the States.
Why Buy This Wine:
- Alongside Soldera Brunello di Montalcino Riserva and Fontodi Flaccianello, Le Pergole Torte is one of the greatest expressions of Sangiovese, capturing a Burgundian finessed profile of the noble varietal with the ability to age upwards of thirty years in a classic vintage.

- Working with the late, great enologist Giulio Gambelli to make collectable fine wines, Sergio Manetti transformed the international wine world's understanding of Toscana's most emblematic grape, Sangiovese; this rare bottling dates from Manetti's lifetime.
- The best way to understand this mono-varietal Super Tuscan is with ten to twenty years of maturity, when the tannins have softened, and maturity has revealed its spectrum of nuances: black cherry, autumn leaves, leather, cocoa, coffee, tobacco, and cedar.  

- Remarkably fresh and juicy, this '88 layers its bright red and plummy black fruits on a foundation of crushed flower petals, sun-warmed earth, cloves, cigar wrapper, and oolong tea; tertiary notes of truffle, tar, and dried fruits are just beginning to show in this large-format bottling. 

- Elegant and pure, this '88 wraps the palate in an embrace that balances its sophisticated, fine-grained tannins with its zesty acidity, and it builds to a lingering, almost infinite finish.

- Offered with pristine provenance and perfect maturity, these double magnums offer a lower air-to-wine ratio, slowing its maturity; only IWM has this '88 Le Pergole Torte, and we urge you to contact your portfolio manager to secure yours.

(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese)
$1,699.00 Regular Price
$1,444.15 Special Price/btl

This offer will expire in 24 hours on November 25th at 5:00 pm EST.


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 may be the most coveted Bordeaux-style blend produced in Italy; 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
$548.00 3-Pack Price/btl 

This offer will expire in 48 hours on November 26th at 5:00 pm EST.


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: Talenti 2008 Brunello di Montalcino
(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese Grosso)
$59.99 Regular Price
$55.19 Case Price/btl
For the Cellar: Valdicava 2012 Rosso di Montalcino
(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese Grosso)
$44.99 Regular Price
$41.39 Case Price/btl

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



IWM invites you to join us for a special Black Friday wine tasting in our Studio Del Gusto. From 1:00pm until 5:00 p.m. Friday, November 27, 2015, our portfolio managers will be pouring some of our favorite wines for some of our favorite clients, people like you! Take a break from your holiday shopping and enjoy a glass of Brunello, Barolo, Champagne, Rioja-or one of over twenty wines from IWM's best-loved, most iconic producers! Burgundies, Bordeaux, and Super-Tuscan wines will help you get into the holiday spirit, and this tasting, accompanied by meats and cheeses and presented by IWM's Portfolio Managers, will help your holiday shopping with special in-house discounts on your best-loved bottles.

First-Come, First-Served Basis. All reservations must be confirmed by IWM. Some Restrictions Apply.

Friday, November 27
From 1pm-5pm

Italian Wine Merchants Showroom 
108 East 16th Street, New York, NY


Wine List and Special Pricing To Be Announced.

Contact your Portfolio Manager at (212) 473-2323 to reserve your spot(s) on the Guest List.

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

Ticket Price: $75.00

Outside of Italy, one of IWM's most beloved winemaking regions is Spain. After all, the two countries have much in common: a reliance on indigenous grape varieties, an adherence to traditional winemaking methods, iconoclastic makers, and a will to make wine that enhances the taste of food. Though enemies on the soccer pitch, this match-up between Italy and Spain will showcase the many ways the two countries complement one another. This tasting, accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, will begin with a Prosecco and a Cava to toast the event with style. Then we'll match Italian whites with Spanish whites, and Italian reds with Spanish reds, highlighting terroir, typicity, and tradition with each glass. Hosted by a knowledgeable IWM sommelier, this tasting will both celebrate Italy and Spain's wines and help you understand their wines better through comparison. It's a Saturday devoted to international cooperation--and wine. What's not to love?
Featured Wine List:
Raventós i Blanc Conca del Riu Anoia Brut Rosé de Nit 2012  
Cupano Rosso di Montalcino (1.5L) 2004 
La Rioja Alta Ardanza Reserva 2005 
Montevertine Rosso 2012 
CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva 2007 
CVNE Contino Rioja Reserva (1.5L) 2005 
Pianpolvere Soprano Barolo 2006 
Le Macchiole Bolgheri Rosso 2013 
*Wine list may be subject to change. 

Friday, December 4 | 7:00-10:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting Dinner

Ticket Price: $495.00

The white diamonds of the earth meet Champagne, Barolo, and other world-class wines at IWM's most highly anticipated tasting event, our yearly white truffle luncheon. If you love Alba's most sustainable delicacy, the tartufo bianco, you won't want to miss this event that pairs truffles with wines from some of the great masters of Italy and France. Truffles flown from Piemonte will serve as the centerpiece of this sit-down dinner event as our in-house kitchen staff, led by Chef Mike Marcelli, crafts world-class dishes featuring white truffles, porcini, quail and other classic fall Italian fare. IWM's sommeliers will pour iconic Champagne, legendary Barolo, beautiful Barbaresco--and more. It's the most wonderful time of the year--truffle season. Celebrate it in style with IWM.

*Wine list to be announced. 

Saturday, December 5 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $65.00

It's Tuesday night--what should you pour with your pizza or pop with your burger? Sometimes it's not the big, statement-making wines that can give you pause; it's those you open on any given night. Join IWM as our knowledgeable sommeliers guide you through go-to wine basics, showcasing a fine flock of wines that won't strain your budget or break your bank-but will reward your palate with shockingly good taste. Italians drink wine with just about every dinner meal. Why shouldn't you? Let IWM show you how to nail everyday wine, red and white, the Italian way.
*Wine list to be announced. 

Saturday, December 12 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $95.00

Like love and marriage or Lennon and McCartney, some things just go together perfectly. Wine and cheese is one of those ineffable couples Join us as we celebrate one of the most natural pairings in the wine-and-food world with eight wonderful global wines and eight beautiful Italian cheeses. IWM's wine educators will pour great wines from around the globe--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 such great cheeses as Pecorino Gregoriano, Caciocavallo, Pezzata Rossa, and Pecorino Fiorello. Tantalize your taste buds and expand your pairing expertise at this delicious Saturday event, available only at the world's leading authority in Italian wines, IWM.
*Wine list to be announced. 

Saturday, December 19 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $95.00

Let the holidays ring on with this tasting event featuring Champagne, sparkling wines from France and Spain, and a few beloved still wines that are IWM favorites. Accompanied by regional meats and cheeses and led by IWM sommelliers, this Saturday tasting invokes the spirit of the holidays, while treating you to some of the best wines IWM has to offer. Indulge in delicious wine, sparkling conversation, delectable treats, and all the warmth of this singular season with us at IWM. Drink in the present--and share this event with someone you love!
*Wine list to be announced. 

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