Value Wines: 2015 Chavy-Chouet Trio, Singular Cru Amarone, and Barbaresco Riserva!

March 30, 2017
A Note from Sergio

Some days my team and I assemble these newsletters around a single producer; other days, we use a region, a holiday, or a type of wine as our focus. Today, we're using the idea of value wines, but what, exactly, is a value wine? Is it merely a low price? Is it the uniqueness of the wine or its rarity? Is it the ratio between its cost and your budget? Is it the price for this wine relative to other wines of the same genre? Is it the over-performance for a vintage or price? Is it finding a pristine, mature wine for the cost of a new release? Or is it a mysterious combination of these factors that imbues a wine with "value"?

Today's offer collects seven wines that I consider values, each in a different way. Chavy-Chouet is arguably the best vigneron in Volnay, and many of the wines that this domaine makes costs hundreds of dollars. The three 2015 white Burgundies below are all sneaky--they will remind you of grand cru or premier cru appellations, but they're not. They're humble village-level bottles, and they are gorgeous. Brigaldara's cru Amarone Case Vecie is over $100, which would seem to put it out of the "value" category. But when you consider how expensive, time consuming, and difficult it is to make an Amarone (as well as how outrageous this one tastes), the price seems very reasonable. Finally, you'll find three cru 2009 Barbaresco Riserva bottles from Produttori del Barbaresco, all perfectly aged, all extraordinary, and each under $60.

I've always held onto the simple principle that drove me to this line of work in the first place, and that is this: wine brings people together. Wine should be shared, and when that wine delivers more than you hoped for, it's a value. But for all this talk of value there is one thing to keep in mind: you can get a wine for a steal, but it only becomes valuable when you share it with people you love. Pour one of these wines for your friends and family, and get something that you can't put a price on--a peak experience.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Insider Burgundies from Chavy-Chouet
2. Only At IWM:
New Amarone Producer, Brigaldara's Artisanal Gem
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Three Under $60 "Sleeper" Barbaresco Riservas
4. Wine Events: Upcoming April Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito

A favorite of Burgheads in the know, 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. After selling his grapes for decades, Hubert decided he could do better, and since the '90s he has devoted himself to making exceptionally pure, unadulterated 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, saturated, and, detailed wines but has raised the quality every year.

Today, we're delighted to shine a spotlight on a trio of Chavy-Chouet's outstanding 2015 white Burgundies. Like most top Burgundies, Chavy-Chouet's wines evoke their appellations, especially in a challenging year like 2015, a year that was marked by a warm, dry summer, hailstorms, and one of the earliest harvests on record. Challenging as 2015 was, it resulted in concentrated white Burgundies that complement their intensity with freshness, and this trio from Chavy-Chouet is delicious. Let's begin with the estate's Bourgogne Blanc Les Femelottes. Crisp, succulent, and refreshing, the entry-level '15 Bourgogne Les Femelottes derives from a single vineyard that sits just outside Puligny-Montrachet, making this Bourgogne a tremendous value that often out-performs wines that cost twice as much!

Stepping it up a notch, Chavy-Chouet's Meursault Narvaux and Puligny-Montrachet Enseignères are a pair of true "insider's wines." Crisp and fresh, yet nutty and concentrated, this '15 Meursault Narvaux is a seductive study in opposites. This textured, entrancing wine comes from a plot located above the premier cru appellations of Genevrières and Poruzots, giving it a nutty, saline minerality. Although not a grand cru, Chavy-Chouet Puligny-Montrachet Enseignères 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 expressive and luscious, this '15 Puligny-Montrachet Enseignères wraps its ripe fruit around a vibrant acidic core, and its mineral spine keeps it nimble on the palate.

While Burgundy's 2015 growing season held vignerons, industry people and connoisseurs in suspense, it ended very happily for all, and this trio of '15 Chavy-Chouet white Burgundies are extraordinary embodiments of the best of their challenging vintage. You can search Burgundy up and down and find it nearly impossible to secure high quality village-level Puligny or Meursault for $60, much less cru wines from highly respected lieux-dits, making these Chavy-Chouet wines must-have bottles for true Burgundy enthusiasts. Insider wines from a standout vintage at this pricing--this Chavy-Chouet trio is a steal! Their only downside is their limited allocation, so don't hesitate to contact your portfolio manager to secure yours.

Chavy-Chouet 2015 Bourgogne Les Femelottes
(France, Burgundy - Chardonnay)
$29.99 Regular Price
$27.59 Case Price/btl

Chavy-Chouet 2015 Meursault Les Narvaux
(France, Burgundy - Chardonnay)
$64.99 Regular Price
$59.99 Case Price/btl

Chavy-Chouet 2015 Puligny-Montrachet Les Enseignères
(France, Burgundy - Chardonnay)
$64.99 Regular Price
$59.99 Case Price/btl

Meet your new Amarone producer, Brigaldara! Located on the slopes of the Marano Valley in the Valpolicella region of the Veneto, Brigaldara spreads across 125 acres of land, the source of its terroir-driven wines. Since 1929, this estate has been owned and operated by the Cesari family, who began making wine in the 1970's using their fifteenth-century villa's farmhouse as their cantina, fermenting the wines on the structure's top floor and aging them on the bottom floor. While the Brigaldara team chooses to age some of its wines in barrique, it's otherwise very traditional in crafting its authentic Amarone, Valpolicella, and Soave expressions. Brigaldara believes the wine is made in the vineyards, and its team works hard to time the harvest for optimal grape ripeness, and its wines are evocative, transparent expressions. IWM is pleased to present Brigaldara's concentrated and textured 2011 Amarone Case Vecie at the BEST PRICE in the country.

Why Buy This Wine:

- Created in a collaboration between estate owner Stefano Cesari and consulting winemaker Roberto Ferrarini, who worked at the legendary Quintarelli estate, Brigaldara's Amarone strides the line between traditional and international style and it's priced at just over $100 a bottle!

- Deriving from a high-altitude vineyard and produced in the appassimento method, Brigaldara cru Amarone Case Vecie uses late-ripening grapes that dry for four months before the wine's painstaking fermentation and aging.

- Intense and velvety, this classic Amarone layers its brambly berries and juicy cherries with warm cigar wrapper, baking spices, fresh loam, licorice, espresso and kisses of minerals.

- 2011 was a ripe vintage in Veneto, and this wine swaddles the palate with an opulent texture, but rich as it is, this Amarone is still vibrant, gliding across the palate with considerable power to a resonant, tannin-filled finish.

- Brigaldara's Amarone Case Vecie marries Italian tradition with international protocol to create a wine that's layered, age-worthy and still approachable--it's a steal at its relatively low price point.

- IWM is pleased to present the BEST PRICE in the country on this '11 Amarone Case Vecie; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours from our limited allocation!

(Italy, Veneto - Corvina, Rondinella, Corvinone)
$119.99 Regular Price
$95.99 Case Price/btl

*Pre-Arrival, April

2009 presented Piemonte's winegrowers with a plethora of challenges: an unusually warm spring, uneven budbreak and ripening, a torrid summer, and very irregular weather patterns. While most winemakers can make great wine in perfect conditions, great winemakers make great wine in challenging vintages, and Produttori del Barbaresco is a terrific wine producer. As its name implies, Produttori del Barbaresco is a collective of producers. Started at the turn of the nineteenth century, this collective began with just nine producers, but now its numbers have grown to 51 growers, who represent more than 250 acres in the Barbaresco district. A longtime favorite of Sergio Esposito, this collective makes some of the finest expressions of Barbaresco that you've likely yet to drink. Today, we're proud to present time-sensitive, special pricing on a trio of cru Barbaresco Riserva bottlings from the challenging 2009 vintage. At less than $60 a bottle, these wines are a bargain that verges on a steal!

Why Buy This Wine:

- The wines of Produttori del Barbaresco are some of Piemonte's great bargains; it's hard to find quality Barbaresco for $60 a bottle, and these Barbarbaresco Riserva wines punch far above their price points.

- Just now entering its drinking window, this '09 Barbaresco Montestefano explodes from the glass, but its chewy tannins, electric acidity and sturdy mineral core keep it nimble--and make it very age-worthy.

- An unabashedly seductive wine that blends sophistication with power, this '09 Barbaresco Ovello privileges its terroir, and while it was ready to drink upon release, a few extra years have served to tame its chewy tannins and integrate its elements.

- Rose petals, warm saddle leather, and cigar wrapper frame the sweet red fruits in the '09 Barbaresco Rio Sordo Riserva; it matches its polished tannins with vibrant acidity, while a sweet inner perfume complements its bass-line of savory notes.

- IWM's allocation of these perfectly aged, terrifically affordable '09 Barbaresco Riserva bottles is strictly limited; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours with special, time-sensitive pricing.

Produttori Del Barbaresco 2009 Barbaresco Montestefano Riserva*
(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo)
$59.99 Regular Price
$55.19 Case Price/btl

Produttori Del Barbaresco 2009 Barbaresco Ovello Riserva*
(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo)
$59.99 Regular Price
$55.19 Case Price/btl

(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo)
$59.99 Regular Price
$55.19 Case Price/btl

*Pre-Arrival, Summer

This offer will expire in 48 hours April 1st at 5:00pm EST.

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

Ticket Price: $99.00

IWM Host: Francesco Vigorito

Great grapes make great wines, and this tasting features two of the very best: Nebbiolo and Pinot Noir. While these two grape varietals grow other places, Nebbiolo is best known for its Piemonte roots, and Pinot Noir for Burgundy. To highlight the history and typicity of these noble grapes, we'll be pouring wines from both historic regions--and we may slip in some surprises as well. This special event, led by Francesco Vigorito and accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, will explore the magic that happens when a specific grape meets its ideal soil, microclimate, regional traditions and producers. Learn more about Nebbiolo and Pinot Noir as you come to appreciate the wines these two grapes have given us wine-lovers. Wine is a life-long love affair, and there's always room for more in your glass!

Featured Wines:

Brovia Barolo 2012
Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano di Neive 2007
Gaja Barbaresco 2000
Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le Coste 2012
Chandon de Briailles Corton Bressandes Grand Cru 2011
Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin Vieille Vignes 2014
La Pousse d'Or Chambolle-Musigny 2014
Nicolas Rossignol Pommard 1er Cru Chaponnières 2011

*Wine list may be subject to change.

Saturday, April 8 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $89.00

IWM Host: Stéphane Menard

The vernal equinox is March 20, and to celebrate the coming of spring, IWM is pleased to present a tasting devoted to this evanescent season. From ramps to lamb, spring abounds with tastes, scents and palates that are special; IWM's Stéphane Menard will lead you through an assortment of wines that are sure to complement this rosy season. Exploring a range from blush wines to crisp whites to full-throttle reds, this tasting is devoted to the coming warm months, the bounty of fresh produce, and the bright, fresh beauty that springtime brings. Complemented by regional meats and cheeses, this tasting is certain to bring a smile and a glimpse at the coming of summer!
*Wine list to be announced.

Saturday, April 15 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $109.00

IWM Host: Will Di Nunzio, President

This tasting brings wine to its simplest--and most iconic--parts. Just Barolo, Brunello, Barbaresco and Burgundy will be poured at this casual event; taste an array of beautiful bottles and learn why these regions make some of the most sought-after, popular and representative wines in the world. All mono-varietal wines, Barolo, Brunello, Barbaresco and Burgundy embody their respective terroirs, reflect their regions' traditions, and reflect producers' styles, and each of these wines rank high on wine-lovers' lists. Join us at this special sit-down tasting, accompanied by regional meats and cheeses and led by IWM's president, Will Di Nunzio, and get to know, to appreciate and to love these iconic wines just a little bit better.

*Wine list to be announced.

Saturday, April 22 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $129.00

IWM Host: Michael Adler

Everyone has their favorites, and this special tasting, hosted by IWM's Michael Adler, takes a trip through some of our favorite vintage wines. This event opens the metaphorical doors of IWM's literal temperature-controlled cellar to explore wines that IWM loves so much that we can't stop pouring them--for our clients or for ourselves! Featuring a special biodynamic sparkler from Movia, a rare aged Fiorano white, an amber wine from Josko Gravner, as well as beautiful reds from Prunotto, Canalicchio di Sopra, Voerzio and Le Macchiole, this tasting offers an explosion of flavor sensations. It's so great, we'll be pouring a beloved Rioja as well! Find out what drives the passions of IWM's portfolio managers at this tasting event, accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, and find some new wine loves to take home to your friends and family!

Featured Wines:

Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 1995
Fiorano No. 46 Sémillon 1992
Gravner Breg Anfora 2003
Le Macchiole Scrio 2005
López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia 2004 (1.5L)
Movia Puro Rosé 2002
Prunotto Pian Romualdo Barbera d'Alba 2006
Roberto Voerzio Barolo Cerequio 1999

*Wine list may be subject to change.

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

Ticket Price: $89.00

IWM Host: Stéphane Menard

Campania, Abruzzo, Sicilia, and Puglia--the South of Italy doesn't get as much notice as Italy's North, especially when it comes to winemaking. However overshadowed by their showy northern neighbors, Italy's southern regions are where Italian winemaking began, and they're the sites of undiscovered gems. Join us as we explore the history, traditions, producers, grapes and styles of Italy's southern winemaking regions. We'll pour wines from makers like Raffaele Palma, whose estate sits on the cliffs of the Amalfi Coast, and made from grapes like Aglianico, an indigenous varietal rescued from extinction. Whites, reds and rosés all hail from Italy's South, where you can find surprisingly affordable bottles that are as finessed, age-worthy and delicious as those from the North. Accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, this tasting gives you a tour of wines off the beaten path, where things are wild and thrilling.

*Wine list to be announced.

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