Sassicaia's Little Brother! Seghesio's "Baby Barolo"! And All of Meursault On Sale!

July 27, 2017
A Note from Sergio

The hot buzz-phrase among winemakers is something about wine being made in the vineyard. This is something that the winemakers of Sassicaia have been saying for years--because for years, it has been the absolute truth. "Good grapes make good wine," Sebastiano Rosa said once when I visited, waving his hand almost dismissively at the rows of casks. "Everything's done in the vineyards." The shining steel and glass almost seemed to disappear with his words; all I could see was the dusky purple of healthy grapes, the green of leaves, and the glint of rocky soil. I could imagine estate founder Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta saying the same words. Trusting the greatness of its grapes has underpinned the whole Tenuta San Guido enterprise since the beginning.

The subtext of producers saying that their wine is made in the vineyards means that when the weather is great, the vinegrowers have it easy, and when the weather isn't great, the vinegrowers are very, very busy. In 2015 in Bolgheri, the weather was pretty great, so Sebastiano Rosa and his team had fun making Tenuta San Guido's Guidalberto in that vintage--and it shows! This wine feels playful as you drink it, energetic and sunny. But by calling the wine "playful" I'm not saying it's not an outstanding wine; rather, I'm saying that you can feel its personality, the one shaped by the warm weather and the perfect rainfall on the vines' leaves. The '15 Guidalberto is a happy child of a happy vintage, and you will love it.

Along with this recent Guidalberto release, there's one superb, affordable Nebbiolo from Renzo Seghesio, the estate's delicious 2012 Ruri Langhe Nebbiolo. 2012 was a warm Piemonte vintage, and this wine almost hugs you from the glass, and this wine is so good, you'll want to hug it back. Finally, you'll find all of Meursault on sale. A classic Meursault can feel thick, like honey or even olive oil, yet the wine typically has a medium body. People often describe it using words like "creamy" and making analogies to hazelnuts and vanilla, but it's a wine that's also marked by a wonderful stony minerality. If you're a wine-lover who likes a wine that contradicts itself, you probably love Meursault. There are more than thirty bottles of Meursault in today's eLetter, so get out there and explore them!


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Succulent, Vibrant 2015 Guidalberto Release
2. Only At IWM:
Renzo Seghesio's Affordable, Accessible "Baby Barolo"
3. Time Sensitive Offer: All of IWM's Beautiful Meursault Wines at Special Pricing
4. Wine Events: Upcoming July / August Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito

IWM Founder Sergio Esposito has often said that if Guidalberto came from any estate other than Tenuta San Guido, the legendary makers of Sassicaia, it would be a flagship wine. The 2015 Guidalberto certainly testifies to this claim. A wonderfully enjoyable wine over the medium term, the '15 Guidalberto combines freshness with succulence, marrying jaunty acidity with ripe fruit, and accenting both qualities with polished, fine-grained tannins. Today, we're delighted to present the '15 Guidalberto, a wine we call "Sassicaia's little brother," at competitive pricing, and this recent vintage is so delicious that you might want to buy it by the case.

Marked by helpful precipitation and temperate weather, 2015 was pretty easy going. The season began warm, turned cold during spring, and then grew warmer into July. The weather heading into harvest was "outstanding," with great temperature variations, leading to perfectly ripe, healthy and balanced grapes. Tenuta San Guido says the harvest saw "excellent quality" and "perfectly ripened" grapes that were "pretty cool and crisp," which made for a structured but accessible Guidalberto with soft, elegant tannins. If you like Super Tuscans that hold your palate in thrilling tension, you'll love the '15 Guidalberto; it's a terrific evocation of its stellar growing year.

Guidalberto, the second wine of Sassicaia's maker Tenuta San Guido, hews close to its big-ticket sibling, but its composition has changed over the years. Debuting in 2000 as a blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a kiss of Sangiovese, Guidalberto began its evolution with the 2005 vintage, and by the following year, it became the 60/40 Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blend we know and love. While Sassicaia may have been inspired by Bordeaux blends, Guidalberto is often the preferred wine for many Bordeaux lovers; there's no arguing taste, especially when the taste is this outstanding.

Bursting with notes of succulent cherries, rich plums, warm cocoa, underbrush and earthy spices, the '15 Guidalberto seems to dance out of the glass. Fine-grained, round tannins snuggle the palate, and the wine's core of savory minerals finds its complement in a sweet inner perfume. Building to a chewy, sustained finish, this '15 Guidalberto is a sheer delight. You'll be tempted to enjoy this new Guidalberto release right out of the gate--and we won't fault you if you do--but be sure to lay down a few bottles. As delicious as this wine is right now, it'll be even better with a few years of maturity. Guidalberto is a consistent hit with IWM's clients, and we expect to fly through our allocations of this new 2015 release!

(Italy, Toscana - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot)
$49.99 Regular Price
$45.99 Case Price/btl

IWM can't get enough of this Langhe Nebbiolo wine from Renzo Seghesio, one of our favorite artisanal Barolisti. Known around the office as a "baby Barolo," Seghesio's Langhe Nebbiolo performs like an approachable, nimble Barolo at a fraction of its big sibling's price. For more than a century, the Seghesio estate has been crafting its wines in the famed Monforte d'Alba; only the estate's tiny production numbers have kept it a relative secret. Though Renzo Seghesio may be new to you, it's a long established, small-production house, and today, we're delighted to present the estate's 2012 Ruri Langhe Nebbiolo, a wine that lets you immediately enjoy Nebbiolo both early and often. Seghesio Barolo can go for more than twice the price of its Ruri Langhe Nebbiolo, so this '12 Nebbiolo, priced at just over $36, the BEST PRICE in the country, offers an extraordinary value and makes the perfect introduction to the estate, to Nebbiolo and to Barolo.

Why Buy This Wine:

- Made from grapes grown on the estate's more youthful vines, Seghesio's Ruri Langhe Nebbiolo offers telltale Nebbiolo aromatics, flavors and tannins but at a fraction of the price and with immediate gratification.

- Priced at under $37 a bottle, this Ruri Langhe Nebbiolo provides a beautiful introduction to the Renzo Seghesio estate--but it also lets Barolo fans enjoy an earlier drinking, more affordable version of the wine.

- The product of a warm vintage, this '12 Ruri Langhe Nebbiolo bursts with red cherry, dried roses, violets, mild baking spices, marjoram, and a hint of smokiness.

- Silky and smooth, this wine unfolds on the palate to reveal cherry candy, leather and spices; it finishes with grippy tannins that can only come from Nebbiolo.

- IWM is pleased to present this Seghesio "baby Barolo" at the BEST PRICE in the country; contact your portfolio manager to secure this wine that's drinking beautifully right now.

(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo)
$36.99 Regular Price
$29.00 Case Price/btl

This offer will expire in 24 hours on July 28th at 11:59pm EST.

Vibrant and rich, laser-focused and delineated, or fresh and precise, Meursault offers a delicious gateway for the exploration of other appellations and a fine foundation for a lifelong love of white Burgundy, arguably the world's greatest white wine. While many Burgheads gravitate to the aristocracy of Puligny-Montrachet, the beauty of Meursault is that, lacking grand crus, its focus rests on the winemaking, and the result is pure, quality wines that offer approachability. And while the region lacks grand crus, Meursault's holy trinity of premier cru vineyards--Les Perrières, Les Genevrières, and Les Charmes--is capable of producing wines that offer the complexity and beauty you expect from a great white Burgundy, without the hefty price tag. Today, we've hand-selected almost 30 of our favorite Meursault wines, and we're offering them to you at special, time-sensitive pricing. Bursting with great in-stock Meursault, this flash sale gives white wine enthusiasts much to love, both now and years down the road!

Why Buy This Wine:

- The stereotype is that Meursault is a rich and opulent wine, but the region's low water table, limestone marl soil, and vines' deep roots help to give its finest expressions a distinct note of crushed stone and earth coupled with vibrant citrus fruit.

- Meursault Les Perrières is best known for long-aging, lean wines with copious dry extract and a penetrating core of minerality; Les Charmes makes for silky, round and harmonious wines with intense flavors; and Les Genevrières displays the glycerin appeal and approachability of Charmes combined with the minerality of Les Perrières.

- Today's offer brings together some of our very favorite Meursault producers, including Latour-Giraud's concentrated, cult expressions; Girardin's intense and precise wines; Henri Boillot and Chavy-Chouet's insider wines--and so many more!

- While this list ranges as far back as the 2006 vintage, most of the wines come from the fresh 2011 vintage, the fairytale 2012, the concentrated 2013, and the approachable 2014 (with a couple select bottles of benchmark 2015)!

- Ranging in price from just under $55 (Domaine Matrot's thrilling and unexpected Meursault Rouge) to almost $2,000 (Coche Dury's collector Les Perrières), this list has something for everyone, from newbie to connoisseur.

- IWM is pleased to present this list of great Meursault at very special, time-sensitive pricing, but don't wait to contact your portfolio manager--Meursault may drink all year long, but this special pricing will last only one day!

Vintage Size Price/btl 6pk Price/btl Qty
Chavy-Chouet Meursault Narvaux
2015 0.75 $64.99 $59.79 12+
Coche Dury Meursault Perrières
2009 0.75 $1,995.00 $1,835.40 3
Domaine Henri Boillot Meursault Poruzots 1er Cru
2013 0.75 $85.00 $78.20 2
Domaine Henri Boillot Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières
2013 0.75 $129.99 $119.59 2
Domaine Latour-Giraud Meursault Cuvée Charles Maxime
2015 0.75 $74.99 $68.99 12+
Domaine Latour-Giraud Meursault Genevrières Cuvée Pierres
2015 0.75 $134.99 $124.19 5
Domaine Latour-Giraud Meursault Genevrières 1er Cru
2011 0.75 $119.99 $110.39 1
Domaine Latour-Giraud Meursault Genevrières 1er Cru
2015 0.75 $124.99 $114.99 12+
Domaine Latour-Giraud Meursault Les Narvaux
2011 0.75 $87.50 $80.50 1
Domaine Latour-Giraud Meursault Les Narvaux
2012 0.75 $68.99 $63.47 2
Domaine Latour-Giraud Meursault Les Narvaux
2013 0.75 $74.99 $68.99 1
Domaine Latour-Giraud Meursault Les Narvaux
2014 0.75 $89.99 $82.79 2
Domaine Latour-Giraud Meursault Les Narvaux
2015 0.75 $89.99 $82.79 5
Domaine Latour-Giraud Meursault Poruzots 1er Cru
2013 0.75 $84.99 $78.19 3
Domaine Leflaive Meursault Sous le Dos Ane 1er Cru
2012 0.75 $199.99 $183.99 3
François Gaunoux Meursault 1er Cru La Goutte d'Or
2010 1.5 $199.99 $183.99 4
Henri Darnat Meursault Les Cras Clos Richemont
2006 0.75 $110.00 $101.20 6
Jean-Michel Gaunoux Meursault 1er Cru Goutte d'Or
2009 0.75 $74.99 $68.99 2
Jean-Philippe Fichet Meursault Blanc
2015 0.75 $82.99 $76.35 2
Joseph Drouhin Meursault Genevrières 1er Cru
2014 0.75 $119.00 $109.48 3
Louis Jadot Meursault Les Perrières 1er Cru
2012 0.75 $124.99 $114.99 3
Patrick Javillier Meursault Cuvée Tête de Murger
2012 0.75 $125.00 $115.00 2
PY Colin Morey Meursault A.C. 1er Cru Les Charmes
2012 0.75 $125.40 $115.37 4
Vincent Girardin Meursault Charmes 1er Cru
2014 0.75 $94.99 $87.39 2
Vincent Girardin Meursault Genevrières 1er Cru
2012 0.75 $109.00 $100.28 1
Vincent Girardin Meursault Genevrières 1er Cru
2014 0.75 $99.99 $91.99 1
Vincent Girardin Meursault Les Blagny 1er Cru
2014 0.75 $84.99 $78.19 2
Vincent Girardin Meursault Les Narvaux 1er Cru
2014 0.75 $59.99 $55.19 2
Vincent Girardin Meursault Les Perrières 1er Cru
2014 0.75 $109.00 $100.28 1

This offer will expire in 24 hours on July 28th at 11:59pm EST.


Saturday, July 29 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $89.00
Summer Special: $79.00 (Exp. Thursday, July 27)

IWM Host: Michael Adler

Celebrate summertime with the very best crisp, elegant and refreshing wines from across Europe. Selecting wines from Italy, France, Spain and Germany, our own Michael Adler will pour a range of wines, from simple sparklers to classic, crisp whites to energetic reds. If you've ever wondered what to pour with your summertime fare, this sit-down tasting, accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, will make the most of your summer wine enjoyment. This tasting will give you a tour of European wines, all while helping you make the most of your summer pool parties, beach gatherings, and road trips. Join us and experience the best of Europe's refreshing wines--it's like a vacation across the Atlantic, without leaving glamorous Union Square.

Featured Wines:

Graci Etna Rosato 2016
Didier Dagueneau Pouilly-Fume Silex 2011
Chavy-Chouet Meursault Narvaux 2015
Domaine Latour-Giraud Meursault-Genevrières 1er Cru 2015
Geantet-Pansiot Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes 2014
Fontodi Filetta di Lamole Chianti Classico 2014
Cerbaiona Rosso di Montalcino 2014
La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva '904' 2007
Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 2012

*Wine list may be subject to change.

Tuesday, August 1 | 7:00-10:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting Dinner

Ticket Price: $159.00

IWM Host: Will Di Nunzio

IWM's Wine-Lover Dinner Series celebrates delicious dishes with wines that make them sing. This special Wine-Lover Dinner focuses on the beginning of the meal, which is often overlooked by Americans but upon which Italians linger. Chef Michael Marcelli and his in-house team will prepare five special antipasti courses, and our own Will Di Nunzio will pair spectacular wines to showcase the dishes' many flavors. This family-style sit-down event presents a unique opportunity to revel in Italy's many ways to kick off a meal, from regional meats and cheeses to succulent vegetables to piquant tidbits from the sea. It's a beginning that you'll wish would never end--and it's only available at IWM!

Featured Wines & Antipasti:

Welcome - Antipasti
Smoked Ricotta, sheep, Abruzzo, IT
Rupert, cow, Vermont, USA
Caprino Stagionato, goat, Abruzzo, IT
Duda Gouda, sheep, Wisconsin, USA
Noble Road, cow, Pennsylvania, USA
Bocconcini di Bufala
De Conciliis Donnaluna Fiano 2014
COS Cerasuolo Delle Fontane 2010
Cerbaiona Rosso di Montalcino 2014

Course I
Wild Fluke Crudo with Green Tomato & Verjus
Bigeye Crudo, Cured Olive & Olio Fresco
Wild Seppia with Smoked Red Onion & Breadcrumbs
Louis Roederer Cristal 2006
William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Valmur 2013

Course II
Fresh Corn Croquettes with Senise Pepper & Gouda
Romanesco Sotto Olio, Grilled Rustic Bread & Anchovy
Prosciutto di Parma, 18-month
Sweet Soppressata
Paolo Bea Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro 2008
Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano di Neive 2007

Course III
Pizza Bianca, Bresaola & Rucola
Bone Marrow, Breadcrumb & Caper
Livio Sassetti Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1997
Livio Sassetti Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2010

Fontodi Vin Santo (375ml) 2001

*Wines may be subject to change.

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