Mature Benchmark Gaja Brunello, Benchmark Chavy-Chouet, and IWM's Singles Flash Sale

May 18, 2017
A Note from Sergio

Today, I'm proud to bring back a wine that's perfect to drink right now, Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta 2007 Brunello Sugarille. Most people don't wait long enough to drink their Brunelli, and in their impatience, they miss the nuance, the mellowness, and the feeling of all these different elements coming together as one. It's a big loss. Not only is this wine ready to drink, but it also comes from a man who needs no introduction, Angelo Gaja. Angelo has owned his Montalcino property for about two decades, and his Brunelli just get better and better--especially when they're from a benchmark year like 2007. Now a decade old, this '07 Brunello Sugarille is a mesmerizing wine, and you don't want to pass it up.

Along with this terrific Brunello, I'm delighted to give you another chance to get Chavy-Chouet's outrageous '15 Puligny-Montrachet Enseignères. It's hard to believe that this benchmark white Burgundy is less than $65 a bottle. Finally, it's time for the flash sale on single bottles! These wines are lovely and lonesome, but coming from our temperature-controlled cellar, they're going to be perfect on your table and in your glass. Enjoy a bottle of wine with someone you love!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Perfect 10-Year-Old Gaja Brunello Sugarille
2. Only At IWM:
Must-Have 2015 Chavy-Chouet Puligny-Montrachet Enseignères
3. Time Sensitive Offer: IWM's Super Singles Flash Sale!
4. Wine Events: Upcoming May Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito

When time passes and a wine matures, that wine requires us to revisit it, and today's Spotlight section revisits a wine that is truly fulfilling its promise: Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille. It's always hard for a vintage following a benchmark year, but 2007 succeeded admirably, presenting a radiant, open-knit complement to the linear, classic Brunello vintage of 2006. While many '07 Brunelli were enjoyable soon after release, some, like Angelo Gaja's cru Sugarille, needed a little more time. A decade has passed, and today, Gaja's '07 Brunello Sugarille is drinking wonderfully, yet it has years, maybe even decades, of life left in it.

As you might expect, Gaja's Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello has garnered attention since its inaugural 1995 vintage. Beyond being a world-class winemaker, Gaja is a master of reinvention. By the early '90s, Gaja had revolutionized Barbaresco and Piemonte with his use of modern techniques and grapes customary for the French wine world but not to Piemonte, and he was looking to expand. Toscana's Brunello di Montalcino zone held the allure and the historical wine culture that Gaja desired. In 1994 Gaja entered into a partnership with vineyard owner Roberto Bellini and began rebuilding Pieve di Santa Restituta (the original estate neighbors the famed Case Basse di Gianfranco Soldera). In 1995, Gaja assumed full creative control of the estate, and in 2006, Gaja expanded the estate.

The showpiece of Gaja's Pieve Santa Restituta holdings is undoubtedly its 12-acre Sugarille vineyard. Historical records show that this Sugarille plot has been growing grapes since 1541, and it's easy to understand why vine-growers have gravitated toward this land. This southwestern-facing parcel sports clayey soils that are studded with white rocks, a combination that gives excellent drainage while stressing the vines, making their roots dig deep to find nutrients in the soil. Wafted with breezes from the Tyrrhenian Sea, Sugarille's Sangiovese Grosso grapes are the perfect raw materials with which to craft long-aging, balanced, entrancing Brunelli, and Gaja's wine is exactly this.

A powerful, brooding embodiment of its benchmark vintage, this '07 Brunello Sugarille bursts with succulent red and black fruits, smoky earth, licorice, exotic spices, and warm saddle leather. This wine balances its sheer power with its purity, rolling across the palate to a lingering, textured finish that's studded with chewy tannins and redolent of smoky minerals. Lovers of Gaja's finessed yet robust cru "Barbaresco" trio will love the peppery, complex and aromatic '07 Brunello Sugarille, while Sangiovese Grosso fans will love this wine's telltale Montalcino terroir and brocade-like texture. It's Brunello as only Angelo Gaja can make it, and it is gorgeous!

(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese Grosso)
$159.00 Regular Price
$149.00 Half-Case Price/btl

*Pre-Arrival, Autumn

It's the insider's wine from the insider's producer and we're presenting it at the BEST PRICE in the country: Chavy-Chouet 2015 Puligny-Montrachet Enseignères. An IWM favorite estate, Domaine Chavy-Chouet sits on almost thirty acres comprising 70 parcels and spanning 15 appellations in Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, Saint-Aubin, Volnay and Pommard. Rugged and jaunty, sixth-generation winemaker Hubert Chavy-Chouet has deep roots in Meursault. Hubert sold his grapes for decades, but in the '90s he decided to bottle his own wines, devoting himself to making exceptionally pure wines from his 27-acre estate. Hubert turned over the running of the estate to his son Romaric in 2010, who has not merely ensured the domaine's dynasty of rich, detailed wines but has raised the quality every year. We always love the estate's consistently great Enseignères, but in 2015, this wine is especially intense, powerful and delicious!

Why Buy This Wine:

- Chavy-Chouet Puligny-Montrachet Enseignères has always been an insider's wine because it lies directly beneath the grand cru Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet and shares much of the same power, richness and style at a fraction of the price.

- While Burgundy's 2015 growing season held vignerons, industry people and connoisseurs in suspense, it ended very happily for all, and this '15 Puligny-Montrachet Enseignères is a beautiful evocation of its benchmark year.

- Succulent orchard fruits dance with crushed river rocks, citrus zest, pressed white flowers, and a kiss of vanilla in this expressive, luscious '15 Puligny-Montrachet Enseignères.

- For all of its richness, this wine wraps its ripe fruit around a vibrant acidic core, and its mineral spine keeps it nimble on the palate; you'll want to revisit this Puligny-Montrachet again and again.

- A delicious wine to enjoy over the medium term, this '15 Puligny-Montrachet will drink for years; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours at the BEST PRICE in the States!

(France, Burgundy - Chardonnay)
$64.99 Regular Price
$59.79 Case Price/btl

*Pre-Arrival, Summer

One is the loneliest number that you'll ever know--unless it's a single bottle of wine, and you share it with a friend! IWM believes that wine brings people together, and today's Singles Flash Sale is bound to unite you with someone you love. We're delighted to present more than 200 bottles of wine, all at special pricing. Searching our temperature-controlled cellars for in-stock single bottles of wine, we've amassed a list of sumptuous Amarone, superb Super Tuscans, beautiful Brunello and Barolo, as well as Burgundy, Champagne, Rioja, and Bordeaux. There are wines from Argentina, Austria, and California, and there are bottles of rosé, sparkling, and dessert wines, as well as vintage wines and new releases. The more you buy, the more you save--get 10% off a half-case and 15% off a mixed case. However you choose them, take advantage of this Singles Flash Sale in the next 24 hours, because after that you're on your own.

Why Buy This Wine:

- Today's Single Flash Sale offers bottles that give you one singular sensation: the joy of drinking perfectly kept, pristine bottles of wine such as old-vine Bodega Chacra Pinot Noir, Bryant Family Cabernet, and cult Alvaro Palacios!

- White wine lovers can choose bottles from Antinori's Castello della Sala, cult Miani, Sicilia's COS, and Cantina Terlano, as well as Christian Moreau Chablis, Domaine Latour-Giraud Meursault, Château Fuissé Pouilly Fuissé, and more!

- Rare vintage Biondi-Santi Brunellos, the hard-to-find gems of Edoardo Valentini, Super Tuscans from Fontodi or Tua Rita, Barolo from Rocche dei Manzoni and Rinaldi, and so much more--this Singles Flash Sale offers much to Italian wine aficionados!

- French wine-lovers also have much to choose from, including bottles from Domaine Ponsot, Château Lagrange, Domaine Faiveley, Louis Jadot, and Henri Boillot--and so many more!

- Original pricing ranges from less than $20 to more than $10,000, so this Singles Flash Sale has something to offer all wine enthusiasts, from newbies to collectors.

- IWM's Singles Flash Sale lets you mix a half case or more to get singular savings, but act quickly--wines this great won't stay in our temperature-controlled cellars for long!

Vintage Size Price/btl 6pk Price/btl Case Price/btl
Ca Del Bosco Cuvée Annamaria Clementi
2001 0.75 $175.00 $157.20 $148.75
Fischer Zweigelt Rosé
2011 0.75 $23.45 $21.11 $19.93
Movia Pinot Nero
2009 0.75 $49.99 $44.99 $42.49
Quinto Chionetti San Luigi Dolcetto di Dogliani
2011 0.75 $23.99 $21.59 $20.39
Talenti Brunello di Montalcino Pian di Conte Ris
2010 0.75 $119.00 $107.10 $101.15

This offer will expire in 24 hours on May 19th at 5:00pm EST.


Friday, May 19 | 7:00-10:00 pm |
New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting Dinner

Ticket Price: $249.00

Guest Host: Albiera Antinori
, President - Antinori Wine Estates
IWM Host: Francesco Vigorito, Vice President of Sales

IWM has called Antinori one of our signature producers since we opened the doors more than fifteen years ago, and our clients have loved Antinori's wines just as long (if not longer). Join us as we host Albiera Antinori, winemaker and brand ambassador from the Antinori family of wines, for a special winemaker dinner celebrating Guado al Tasso, Antinori's famed Bolgheri estate. Albiera will be on hand to give the esteemed estate's history and provide insight into a special selection of Guado al Tasso wines that will be paired with five courses handmade by IWM's own Chef Michael Marcelli and his in-house kitchen. Cohosted by IWM's Francesco Vigorito, this evening with Albiera will give you an insider's view into the family behind Guado al Tasso, one of IWM's favorite estates. A unique, extraordinary opportunity to experience Italian winemaking history with the winemaker herself, this intimate Antinori event is available only at IWM, the world's leading authority in Italian wine.

Featured Wines and Menu

Welcome / Antipasti

Antinori Montenisa Brut NV
Guado al Tasso Scalabrone Rosato 2015

Spigola nera
Black Sea Bass with Miner's Lettuce & N'duja
Guado al Tasso Vermentino 2015

Rigatoni alla bolognese
Rigatoni with Pork, Lamb & Tomato
Guado al Tasso Il Bruciato 2014
Guado al Tasso Cont'Ugo 2013

Controfiletto con cicoria dei prati
Dry Aged Prime Sirloin with Dandelion Greens & Guanciale
Guado al Tasso 2004
Guado al Tasso 2008
Guado al Tasso 2012

Parmigiano with Honey
Guado al Tasso Matarocchio Toscana IGT 2011

*Wine list and menu may be subject to change.

Saturday, May 20 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $79.00

IWM Host: Michael Adler

There is no wine that embodies the pleasure of summertime better than rosé. Like summertime's flowers and ripe produce, rosé wines bloom in a dizzying array of pale pinks, fleshy salmons, bright cherries, and cheery melons. Summertime rosés aren't meant to sit in the dark cellar--they demand to be enjoyed now. Rosés come from all corners of the wine world, and they appear in a wide variety of styles, from soft and sweet to steely and bright. Join IWM as we celebrate the optimistic, sunny side of summertime wines with this tasting dedicated to rosé. Taste beloved rosé wines from Italy and France, along with some surprise wines, all accompanied by regional meats and cheeses. Come to know this genre even better with the help of knowledgeable IWM sommeliers and make your summer blush with joy!

Featured Wines:

Lucien Crochet Sancerre Rosé 2016
Château de Pibarnon Bandol Rosé 2016
Château Pradeaux Bandol Rosé 2016
Cantalupo Rosato Il Mimo 2016
Graci Etna Rosato 2016
Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé NV
Guado al Tasso Bolgheri Scalabrone Rosato 2015
Antinori Montenisa Rosé

*Wine list may be subject to change.

Saturday, June 17 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Walk-Around Wine and Food Tasting

Ticket Price: $79.00
Special Two-Ticket Price: $135.00

The best way to know wine is to drink it--a lot of it! But as enjoyable as it is, just drinking wine isn't enough to educate your palate. You need to drink it within the context of other wines, to enjoy it in the company of knowledgeable people, and to experience it in a relaxed, vibrant environment. IWM invites you to our Mini-Grand tasting that will broaden your palate with specially chosen wines from Italy, France and more! This mini grand tasting of global wines features wines from our best-loved countries, our favorite producers, and our most important regions. It's a rare opportunity to experience a wide array of wines in one location, surrounded by like-minded wine-lovers. Let IWM's team of sommeliers will fill your glass with wine and your mind with knowledge as you walk around sampling wines from some of the finest producers on the face of the planet. Complemented by an assortment of antipasti and pastas prepared by our in-house culinary team, and sweetened by preferential pricing on the featured wines, this tasting is a treat. Come to IWM's Mini-Grand Tasting and travel the world of wine, without ever leaving glamorous New York City.

*Wine list and menu to be announced.

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

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