New 2014 Latour-Giraud Meursault! Historic Cru Barbera! Benchmark Valdicava Magnums!

August 25, 2016
A Note from Sergio

Today, I'm delighted to step outside my home turf of Italy to feature the 2014 releases from Burgundy's Domaine Latour-Giraud. Jean-Pierre Latour faced plenty of challenges in 2014; rain, hail, cold, heat--nature threw the book at Burgundy in general and Meursault in specific. But Jean-Pierre did what he needed to do in the vineyards to ensure the best possible harvest. When that time came, he discovered that although his yields were down by almost half the grapes were insanely beautiful: high in phenolic compounds, and ripe but still acidic. In short, they were perfect.

The six 2014 Latour-Giraud Meursaults we offer today are fantastic. Each one holds its own personality, its own reflection of the high quality, low production vintage, and each one, from the Bourgogne Blanc all the way up to the Meursault Perrières, speaks to the skills of its maker. IWM is very excited about these wines, and once you try them, you will be too.

Along with this great white Burgundy release, I'm delighted to offer two beautiful Italian reds, Prunotto 2013 Pian Romualdo Barbera d'Alba and Valdicava 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano. The first is a cru Barbera from a historic Piemonte estate that's part of the Antinori family of wines. It's under $30, and it is delicious. The second is a benchmark Brunello Riserva from a cult winemaker in magnum format--trust me when I say that you Brunello aficionados will fiercely love this wine.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Six Must-Have Meursault from Latour-Giraud
2. Only At IWM:
Cru Barbera from Antinori's Historic Piemonte Vineyard
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Benchmark Valdicava Brunello Riserva in Magnum
4. Wine Events: Upcoming August / September / October Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito


Today, we're delighted to announce the release of five Domaine Latour-Giraud Meursaults from the intensely concentrated, very low production year of 2014--and to sweeten the offer, we're also presenting the domaine's Bourgogne Blanc, a stellar entry-level white Burgundy made of declassified Meursault fruit. Best of all, we're presenting these wines--the '14 Bourgogne Blanc, Meursault Cuvée Charles Maxime, Meursault Les Narvaux, Meursault Genevrières, Meursault Charmes, and Meursault Perrières--at very competitive pricing. We always love the wines of Latour-Giraud, but these 2014 bottlings are something very, very special.

Although Domaine Latour-Giraud has been an estate for many generations, and although its Burgundies garner accolades from both critics and connoisseurs, it's an estate that has flown very much under the radar. Jean-Pierre Latour, owner of Latour-Giraud since the '90s, makes his wines with a fervent, meticulous eye to detail. Since assuming control of the estate, he has revamped the protocol both in the vineyard and in the cellar, changes that have amounted to a delicious revolution. The result is wines that get better every year--powerful white Burgundies with brilliant mouth-watering acidity held upon a glorious core of minerality.

While Latour-Giraud's Meursault offer tremendous intensity, concentration and texture in any vintage, in 2014, a year when the vineyards yielded half of their normal harvest, these wines are yet more packed with dry extract. Jean-Pierre acknowledged that while 2014 presented myriad climatic challenges--including hail in June and challenging weather in July--the harvest was nearly perfect, presenting him with ideal, concentrated berries that made wines that offer exciting tension and an impeccable balance of freshness and ripeness. These '14 Meursault will do more than impress; they will astound, suffusing the palate with sappy fruits, yet maintaining freshness with almost electric acidity.

It's this domaine's work ethic that makes all the difference. Latour-Giraud is so dedicated to quality that its entry-level Meursault Cuvée Charles Maxime derives from seven different Lieux-Dits in Meursault, three of which are almost always produced under their own name: Les Vireuils, Clos du Cromin, and Limozin. However, Jean-Pierre chooses to blend these great vineyards and others to produce a "house" Meursault to honor their heritage, one that rivals if not surpasses the best "Village" wines from any estate in Meursault. Burgheads will be gratified to know that Latour Giraud gives Coche Dury and Lafon a run for their money, and it does so at a fraction of the price.

Whether you choose the impeccably balanced Cuvée Charles Maxime, the pure and fresh Les Narvaux, the succulent Charmes 1er Cru, the classic Genevrières, or the concentrated Perrières, you're securing an extraordinary bottle of Meursault--even the Latour-Giraud Bourgogne Blanc is superb. As you might expect from the kind of winemaking practices Jean-Pierre Latour takes, these wines are always in very small allocations, and in 2014, these allocations are even yet more limited. We urge you to contact your portfolio manager to secure yours.

Wine Vintage Size Base Price/btl Case Price/btl
2014 0.75 $39.99 $36.79
2014 0.75 $72.99 $67.15
2014 0.75 $89.99 $82.79
2014 0.75 $124.99 $114.99
2014 0.75 $124.99 $114.99
2014 0.75 $134.99 $124.19


Although started in 1904, when Alfred Prunotto helped to found a Serralunga wine collective, Prunotto was formally established in 1922. Thirty years later, Alfred turned his winery over to enologist Beppe Colla, who ran it until the '90s, relying on the estate's unique terroir to launch his single-vineyard Barolo and Barbaresco wines, using Burgundy's model to create the regions' "grand crus." Antinori joined forces with Prunotto in 1989, and a year later, Albiera Antinori took control of the project. In 1994, Antinori assumed full control of Prunotto, continuing in the tradition of crafting fine, authentic Piemonte wines, including its cult Barolo. Today, we're delighted to offer the estate's 2013 Pian Romualdo Barbera d'Alba at the BEST PRICE in the States; Barbera has long been called the "People's Grape," but this aristocratic bottling elevates its status with its aristocratic elegance. It's a terrific way to enjoy the renowned Pian Romulado terroir for less than $30 a bottle!

Why Buy This Wine:

- The child of a cool, slightly damp growing season, this '13 Pian Romualdo Barbera d'Alba layers its juicy red and black fruits over toasted nuts, crushed flowers, dark chocolate, and mineral-rich earth.

- So vibrant that it practically shimmers across the palate, this low production Barbera is a rare bottling of the "People's Grape" that is definitely age-worthy.

- Tightly wound and very focused, this wine wraps its pure fruits around a core of nervy acidity and firm minerality; while this bottling could use some time in the cellar, it'll age beautifully.

- Deriving from Barbera grown in the Pian Romualdo plot, the grapes for this wine enjoy temperature-controlled fermentation, and the wine ages for a year in oak casks, followed by four months in bottle before release.

- IWM is pleased to present this bottling from the Antinori family's Prunotto estate in Piemonte at the BEST PRICE in the country; contact your portfolio manager to secure this beautifully cellar-worthy Barbera d'Alba.

(Italy, Piemonte - Barbera)
$29.99 Regular Price
$27.59 Case Price/btl


A lot has been made of the five-star 2010 vintage of Brunello di Montalcino--and for good reason. The Brunello Consorzio likened 2010 to the classic benchmark 2006, saying they were "two of the best vintages ever." Although producers in other parts of Toscana struggled with challenging weather, Montalcino's 2010 vintage was textbook perfect: a cold, snowy winter led to a cool, nicely damp spring, and warm summer months ended in an ideal harvest. Valdicava, located in Montosoli, one of the coldest Brunello subzones, meticulously crafts a beautiful, aristocratic Brunello in any year, but in 2010, it's a classic bottling that will drink for decades. Today, we're delighted to present magnums of Valdicava 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano, a must-have wine for Brunello enthusiasts--especially since estate owner Vincenzo Abbruzzese decided against bottling any Brunello in 2011. Age-worthy, structured, and aromatic, this Brunello Riserva embodies it benchmark vintage with power and nuance.

Why Buy This Wine:

- Vincenzo Abbruzzese, owner and operator of Valdicava, works passionately, growing his grapes without pesticides, coaxing very high quality, very low yielding berries from his vines, which he then vinifies very traditionally with minimal use of barriques and almost entirely in large neutral oak botti.

- Deriving from a plot in the center of the Valdicava Valley, Valdicava Madonna del Piano is one of the first cru Brunello bottlings, and its marriage of nuance an power has made devotees around the world.

- While Brunello enthusiasts have many great wines to enjoy from the benchmark 2010 vintage, Valdicava's Brunello Riserva is extraordinary.

- Pure red fruits mingle with brooding notes of warm saddle leather, cigar wrapper, brown spices, balsamic, and grilled herbs in this complex, detailed '10 bottling.

- A lustrous, long-lived and powerful wine, its pure red fruits mingle with brooding notes in this complex, detailed '10 bottling.

- This wine is at once massive and finessed, crossing the palate in a rush of velvety, chewy tannins as it builds to a long, lingering finish.

- IWM is delighted to present time-sensitive pricing on these magnums of benchmark Valdicava Brunello Riserva; contact a portfolio manager to secure yours from our limited allocation.

Valdicava 2010 Brunello Di Montalcino Madonna del Piano Riserva (1.5L)
(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese Grosso)
$649.00 Regular Price
$599.00 3-Pack Price/btl

This offer will expire in 48 hours on August 27th at 5:00 pm EST.


Saturday, August 27 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $85.00

IWM Host: John Camacho Vidal

When Americans fall in love with Italian wines, they almost always fall in love with Chianti Classico first. Juicy, bright, thrumming with terroir, and utterly delicious, food-friendly Chianti Classico is a logical point of seduction for Italian wine newbies--but what makes it so very special? Join IWM as we explore Chianti Classico and take you down the many trails that this iconic Tuscan wine can take you. This tasting, complemented by regional meats and cheeses and led by a knowledgeable IWM sommelier, will center on Chianti Classico and the grape that makes it: Sangiovese. But Chianti Classico will only be a launching pad for further adventures as we journey to the far reaches of Sangiovese, enjoying Brunello, Rosso di Montalcino, and other Sangiovese delights. Italian wine is a delicious adventure, and it's waiting for you!

Featured Wines:

Castell'in Villa Chianti Classico 2011
Fontodi Chianti Classico 2013
Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Tignanello 2012
Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2010
Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Le Volte 2013
Poderi Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione 2013
Valdicava Rosso di Montalcino 2013
Collemattoni Brunello di Montalcino 2010

*Wine list may be subject to change.

A Sit-Down Dinner Tasting

Ticket Price: $199.00
Early Bird Price $189.00 (Expires Aug. 23 at 5pm EST)

Guest Host: Alessia Antinori

IWM Host: Crystal Edgar
Director & VP of Sales

It's a wine event that is decades in the making, featuring a wine that commemorates a historic collaboration between an aristocratic family and a Renaissance artist. Join IWM as we host Alessia Antinori, winemaker and daughter of Marchese Piero Antinori, for a special five-course dinner featuring the extraordinary wines of Antinori, including select vintages of Tignanello, Cervaro della Sala, Badia a Passignano and more--including the special edition Della Robbia Villa Antinori 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva, a wine created to honor Giovanni della Robbia's ceramic mural the "Resurrection of Christ," a piece now housed at the Brooklyn Museum. IWM's own Chef Michael Marcelli and his in-house kitchen staff will craft five glorious courses, and guests will enjoy Alessia's comments on the wines, their history, and this historic art as they dine. It's a unique, extraordinary opportunity to experience Italian winemaking history with the winemaker herself, and it's only available at IWM, the world's leading authority in Italian wine.

Featured Menu & Wines:

Welcome / Antipasti
Montenisa Brut NV
Montenisa Rosé NV

Trancio di Tonno alle Spezie
Grilled Yellowfin Tuna with Fennel & Sungold Tomato
Cervaro della Sala 2013
Pinot Nero della Sala 2013

Strichetti al Agnello
Rough-cut Fresh Pasta with Braised Lamb Shoulder, Celery Root & Tomato
Della Robbia Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

Meat I
Cotoletta alla Viennese con Funghi al Funghetto
Veal Chop with Roasted Wild Mushrooms & Rosemary
Badia a Passignano 2009
Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Tenuta Tignanello 2013

Meat II
Bistecca alla Fiorentina
48-day Dry Aged Porterhouse with Seasonal Contorni
Tignanello 2012
Tignanello 2013

Muffato della Sala 2008

*Wine list may be subject to change.

Friday, September 16 | 7:00-10:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Dinner Tasting

Ticket Price: $229.00
Early Bird Price $209.00 (Expires Sept. 9 at 5pm EST)

Guest Host: Jeanne-Marie de Champs
Owner of Domaines et Saveurs Collection in Burgundy

IWM Hosts:
Will Di Nunzio
Crystal Edgar
Director & VP of Sales

Burgundy lovers are a breed apart. They're people who love the challenge of deep immersion in just two grape varietals, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and every new vintage deepens their passion. These wine lovers revel in Burgundy's 33 grand cru and 585 premier cru vineyards, and they love discovering village-level wines that defy easy understanding. If you're one of these Burgundy connoisseurs, IWM's Burgundy Lovers' Wine Dinner celebrates all that you love about the region, the wines, and the joy of Burgundy! Led by IWM's Crystal Edgar and Jeanne-Marie de Champs, owner of the Domaines et Saveurs Collection in Burgundy, this dinner will deepen your appreciation of Burgundy as you enjoy five flavorful courses created by IWM's own Chef Michael Marcelli and his in-house kitchen staff. It's a night that's tailor-made for Burgheads--and the people they love who love great wine, terrific food, and lively conversation.

Featured Menu & Wines:

Paul Pernot Bourgogne Aligote 2014

Roasted Langoustine with Hazelnut Butter & Shallot
Country Pâté
Paul Pernot Puligny-Montrachet 2014
François Gay Aloxe-Corton 2014

Smoked Chicken Liver Triangoli with Lobster Mushroom & Black Truffle
Château de la Maltroye Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos du Château Blanc 2014
Château de la Maltroye Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Vigne Blanche 1er Cru 2014

Fromage Blanc Gnocchi, Lobster Beurre Noisette
Château de la Maltroye Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru La Romanée 2014
Château de la Maltroye Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos du Château Rouge 2014

Venison Loin Steak with Bouzy Pears, Young Juniper & Black Truffle
Domaine Leclerc Gevrey-Chambertin Combe Aux Moines 1er Cru 2012
Domaine Gallois Gevrey-Chambertin Les Petites Cazetiers 1er Cru 2013
Mommessin Clos de Tart Grand Cru 2011

*Wine list may be subject to change.

Saturday, September 10 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $85.00

It's not a soccer match. It's an opportunity for you to compare the wines of France and Italy side by side, the makings of an entirely delightful Saturday afternoon. At this tasting, we'll be matching French and Italian wines that are easy on the palate and gentle on the wallet! Bringing together second-tier wines at iconic estates, little-known artisanal gems, or more obscure grape varietals, this tasting will explore a range of reds and whites from Italy and France--and it'll give you a broad range of wines to enjoy on Tuesday pizza nights, wow your dinner guests, or have on hand for when the wine moment strikes. Led by a knowledgeable IWM sommelier and accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, this tasting is ideal for wine-lovers of all kinds, from newbies to connoisseurs!

*Wine list to be announced.

Saturday, September 17 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $95.00

The first few crisp days of fall jolt us out of summer's beauty and remind us of autumn's glories--the return of soups, stews, squash and heavier fare. Fall may beckon and winter may hover on the horizon, but we're also not ready to relinquish summer just yet. Join us at our special tasting to the transitional of fall, a wine season that moves you from summer's whites to winter's reds with style. IWM's knowledgeable wine educator will pour whites, reds--even a surprise rosato! Choosing from Italian and French wines and accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, this special Saturday tasting will help you celebrate the coming season, even as you wrest the best from the end of summer!

*Wine list to be announced.

Saturday, September 24 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Ticket Price: $125.00

Nebbiolo and Sangiovese are Italy's most emblematic grapes. The first grape is the pride and joy of Piemonte, the essence of Barolo and Barbaresco, and the foundation of tannic age-worthy wines; the second is most often found in Toscana, the focal point of Chianti Classico and many Super Tuscans, and the building block for fresh wines of varying longevity. Join IWM as our knowledgeable wine expert leads you through these two building blocks of Italian wines, and learn about soil composition, terroir, regional traditions, and stylistic differences, all while adding to your appreciation of Italian wines. It's like a wine tour through the heart and the head of Italy, all without leaving glamorous Union Square.

*Wine list to be announced.

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

Ticket Price: $125.00

The temperature's dropping and we're reaching for heartier fare. As roasts, game, stews, and casseroles begin to appear on our tables, it's time to find big, bold reds that will make these rich, dark dishes sing. It's time, in short, for some of IWM's favorite brooding, complex wines. Join IWM at this tasting dedicated to wines that won't be overshadowed by cold weather's robust foods. Our knowledgeable sommelier will pour delicious bottles hailing from Italy's North--think well-known Barolo, Barbaresco and Brunello--as well as its South--think cult favorites like Montevetrano, Terra di Lavoro or Taurasi. Accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, this tasting will rev your palate and broaden your pairing horizons. Winter is coming, but these wines will warm you from the inside out!

*Wine list to be announced.

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

Ticket Price: $155.00

The delicious flavors of autumn come together in this special IWM luncheon, featuring new menu items from IWM's Chef Mike Marcelli and our favorite fall weather wines. This special tasting puts dishes made by IWM's in-house kitchen staff front and center and showcases all of fall's finest tastes, from comforting squashes to nourishing meats. Of course, each of the handcrafted courses isn't complete without perfect wine pairings--and a knowledgeable IWM sommelier on hand to explain the wine's history, typicity and traditions. Welcome fall with an open mouth, a warm heart, and a full stomach at IWM's Fall Harvest Lunch. It's the most delicious way to enjoy a Saturday afternoon in autumn!

*Wine list to be announced.

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

Ticket Price: $115.00

Italy and France may be rivals on the soccer pitch, but they're perfect complements at your table and in your wine glass. Join us as we explore some of the wines you should be drinking this spring, this summer and on into fall! Led by a knowledgeable IWM sommelier, this wine tasting event, complemented by regional meats and cheeses, will guide you through some of France's best loved white Burgundies, exploring their differences, nuances, and terroir; then we'll double down on your palate education by selecting Italian reds that work in concert with these French whites. Selecting from some of our favorite Italian producers, grapes, regions and styles, these red wines will give you pairing ideas for years to come!

*Wine list to be announced.

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

Ticket Price: $75.00

In the US, they're called "orange wines," in Europe "skin-contact wines." Whichever terminology you use, they are all the fashion, which is a little ironic considering that this style of caramel colored wine made from white grapes date back thousands of years, originating in Armenia and Georgia. In many ways, the tale of orange wines goes hand-in-hand with the tale of natural wines; it's rare to find an orange wine made by a producer who doesn't abide by non-interventionist protocol, and indeed, the important producers of these wines in Italy hold a firm belief in non-interventionist agriculture and non-interventionist winemaking. Join IWM as we explore the wild, unique, unusual world of orange wines at this special tasting, accompanied by regional meats and cheeses. It's the perfect way to celebrate fall, welcome Halloween, and expand your palate with those white wines that "taste like a red."

*Wine list to be announced.

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