Today's Featured Offer:
Stunning 2010 Vietti Barolo, Palate-Staining Le Corton, and RKO's St-Émilion Picks
April 17, 2014
A Note from Sergio
the past few weeks, we've begun to roll out the highly anticipated
2010 Barolo. We started with wines from Scavino and Clerico, both
icons, both names well known and much loved by IWM's clients. How do
you follow up offers like those? You offer the wines of Vietti. You
might not have heard of Vietti--this producer doesn't have the high
profile of either Scavino or Clerico--but the small estate is mighty,
both with wine critics and wine connoisseurs, and its wines are
Today I'm proud to debut three 2010 wines from
Vietti, a traditional cuvee Barolo and two cru Barolos, all of them
outrageous. Not only are these three wines spectacular, but also they
range in price points; the cuvee is less than $70! The two crus, one
Brunate and one Lazzarito, are more expensive, but then they are
collector wines that are very rare, very hard to find and very
thrilling. Vietti Barolo generally need some tender loving care in a
cellar before they're ready to drink, but they will floor you--they will
also sell out. Our allocations are slender, and those in the know will
snap them up.
with this Vietti debut, an IWM first, I'm delighted to announce
another first: our own Bordeaux expert, Robin Kelley O'Connor, is
continuing on his historic set of offers with a specially curated list
of St-Émilion. Our clients have been thoroughly enjoying RKO's first
three rounds of Bordeaux wines, and I expect all of you will feel the
same about this one. Finally, I'm delighted to shine a spotlight on
Bouchard Père & Fils 2009 Le Corton Grand Cru, an intense, rich,
layered wine that's ready to drink right now--or cellar it for a few
years. Either way, it's a knockout.
Today's Featured Sections Include:
1. Spotlight on Excellence: Three Must-Have Vietti 2010 Barolo
2. Time Sensitive Offer: Intense, Elegant Bouchard Père & Fils 2009 Le Corton Grand Cru
3. Only At IWM: RKO Selects the Best of St Émilion
4. Wine Events: Modern vs. Traditional Barolo
SPOTLIGHT ON EXCELLENCE
(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo)
began our 2010 Barolo debut with Paolo Scavino and Domenico Clerico.
Today, we're very proud to follow up those offers with three wines from
Barolo icon Vietti. On the whole, 2010 Barolo is getting a lot of
attention--not only is it a spectacular, classic vintage but also
Barolo is fast becoming the collector wine for connoisseurs who are
looking beyond the pricy Bordeaux and Burgundy markets. That said, few
producers are getting love from critics quite like Vietti is. In short,
we expect the three wines we offer today--the '10 Vietti Barolo
Brunate, Vietti Lazzarito, and Vietti Brunello Castiglione--to sell out
2010 is a year for enthusiasts who love a classic Barolo. Though
the growing season challenged Piemonte's winemakers, the region's
producers are likening the '10 growing season to those of the '80s and
'90s, a time of consistently cooler, wetter, more stressed vintages.
Coolness and wetness through summer lowered the crop output, but as
harvest time approached, the weather turned sunny and dry, allowing for
the late-ripening Nebbiolo to reach its full potential.
We're proud to present three of Vietti's 2010 wines, each one
spectacular in its own singular way. Barolo Castiglione is Vietti's
cuvee, a masterful blend of select grapes from vineyards in Falletto,
Monforte, Barolo and Novello, and in '10 this wine, priced under $70,
redefines value in its silky mouth-feel, ripe and juicy fruit, balanced
spice and earth, and velvety tannins. If there's a wine to drink
earlier while waiting for your Vietti crus to age, it's this one.
Simply put, the Vietti Barolo Castiglione sets the bar high for under
Vietti winery began four generations ago, but
Alfredo Currado brought the estate to the notice of the wine world in
the mid-twentieth century. The visionary Alfredo was the first Barolo
maker to release his wines to an American audience; he was among the
first to bottle cru Barolo. IWM offers two of these famed cru Barolos
today, the intense, masculine and finessed '10 Brunate and the
explosive, elegant '10 Lazzarito. Both of these crus are famous: the
former is arguably the most important vineyard in La Morra, while the
latter takes that honor in Serralunga. While both of these wines
privilege Barolo's dark side, they make excellent complements to one
another. Where Lazzarito is all about dark fruit, Brunate is all about
earth and smoke; where Brunate is all about intensity, Lazzarito is all
about elegance. Together, these two cru Barolos present a
comprehensive, long-aging, and altogether extraordinary picture of the
Our allocations of Vietti are always fast
selling, in no small part because the producer makes so little: Vietti
produces just 500 cases of its Lazzarito and just 350 cases of its
Brunate, for example. With a vintage as highly touted as 2010, and with
Vietti receiving some passionate love from the critics, we expect our
limited allocation of these bottlings to fly out the door. Contact your
portfolio manager to secure yours.
*Pre-Arrival, Winter 2014
TIME SENSITIVE OFFER
Located in the heart of Beaune, Bouchard Père & Fils is one of
Burgundy's oldest wine merchant houses, founded in 1731. This domaine
produces more than 100 different wines including twelve classified as
Grand Crus, and an astounding 74 different Premier Crus. Philippe Prost,
known as the Conductor Of the Bouchard Cellars, arrived in the late
1970s, but only when the Henriot group purchased the estate in 1995 was
Prost able to give his talents and vision free rein. Philippe is an
absolute perfectionist, known for his meticulous attention to detail,
who produces wines of balance, finesse, texture and elegance. Today,
we're delighted to present the powerful, impressive Bouchard Père &
Fils 2009 Corton Le Corton, the domaine's most famous and exclusive
wine, at special time-sensitive pricing.
Why Buy This Wine:
still run by a ninth generation of the Bouchard family, the domaine was
purchased by Joseph Henriot of Henriot Champagne in 1995; since then,
Bouchard Père & Fils has been on a consistent upward trajectory,
cementing its reputation as one of Burgundy's most iconic producers.
Bouchard Père & Fils Corton Le Corton derives from the most prized
of the Corton lieux dix and stands as a standard-bearer for the Côte de Beaune's illustrious Grand Cru.
- Although Le Corton can be one of the longest lived Côte d'Or
wines, the '09 vintage provided all the components for wines that both
have a wonderful ability to age and an approachability that makes the
wines extremely appealing only five years after the vintage.
Le Corton's high altitude and high mineral soils give its wines the
kind of amazing detail, aromatic complexity and purity only seen in the
very best Grand Cru wines.
- Ruby red in the glass, this
vibrant, powerful '09 has a nose of juicy berries, fresh-cut herbs,
minerals and Le Corton's telltale smokiness; these notes are echoed on
the palate, where they're joined by spice, sous du bois and earth.
While this wine's palate-staining fruit and sheer richness will
delight the senses, its silky texture and sweet, caressing tannins will
pull you back to the glass.
- IWM is delighted to
present the palate-staining, elegant and classic Bouchard Père &
Fils '09 Corton Le Corton at special time-sensitive pricing; please
contact your portfolio manager to secure yours.
(France, Burgundy - Pinot Noir)
*Pre-Arrival, Fall 2014
This offer is available for 48 hrs and will expire on April 19th at 5:00 pm EST.
ONLY AT IWM
Today, we're proud to present an IWM first: a carefully curated list of fully mature Saint-Émilion
Premier Grand Cru Classé and Grand Cru Classé. Some of the most
exciting wines be produced in all of Bordeaux, Saint-Emilion is anchored
in a medieval village. This astoundingly beautiful appellation has one
of the longest wine-growing histories of anywhere in the world--for
example, the Jurade de Saint-Émilion, a growers' association, dates
back to 1199. Today the Jurade-de-Saint-Émilion is alive and well and greatly influences the quality movement in the appellation. Saint-Émilion
created its own classification in 1954, becoming official in 1955. The
classification breaks down into two categories: Saint-Émilion Premier Grand Cru Classé, which has two components A and B, and Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé. The classification it is reviewed and revised approximately every ten years. IWM's list of Saint-Émilion,
curated by Robin Kelley O'Connor, is quite extensive, and allocations
are limited; ask one of our portfolio managers to help you select the
best wines for your cellar, palate and lifestyle.
Why Buy This Wine:
magic can best be explained from three factors: its vineyards of a
limestone bed mixed with other soils of clay, gravel and sand; the
perfect combination of grapes has been planted in the right locations
depending on the soil type, predominately Merlot, followed by Cabernet
Franc and some Cabernet Sauvingnon; and the greatest marriage of Merlot
and Cabernet Franc found in the wine world.
- The typical Saint-Émilion
blend is approximately 60-80% Merlot, 20-40% Cabernet Franc, with 3-5%
Cabernet Sauvignon, depending on the location of the vineyards.
privileges style, finesse and breeding, and the region's producers
have a time-honored tradition of making great wines through centuries
and centuries of dedicated work and innovation.
- The gout de Saint-Émilion is a unique expression of terroir, highlighting flavors that can only be the biproduct of ancient soils and vines.
The highlights of today's offer include Château Angelus Premier Grand
Cru Classé A, Château Beau-Séjour Bécot Premier Grand Cru Classé B,
Château Figeac Premier Grand Cru Classé B, Clos des Jacobins Grand Cru
Classé, Château Dassault Grand Cru Classé, and Château La Dominique
Grand Cru Classé.
- Today's historical offer presents
wines with the kind of pristine provenance you've come to expect from
IWM, with many of the wines coming directly from the estate.
- Please ask your portfolio manager for help in selecting the Saint-Émilion wines that suit your cellar, palate, and lifestyle.
Click here to download a full PDF of Wine List.
Click here to download a full PDF of Wine List.
Saturday, April 19, 2014, 1:00-3:00pm
A Sit-Down Tasting
Hosted by: Robin Kelley O'Connor
as all aficionados know, is often split into two camps: modern and
traditional. Most Barolo lovers recognize that these distinctions have
to do with how the winemakers make their wines, what protocols they
follow, and whether they use botti or barrique. But while a vague idea
of what these words mean in technical terms, the real knowledge comes
not on the page, but in the glass. Join us for a special sit-down
tasting, accompanied by meats and cheeses, and learn as accompanied
by cured Italian meats and a selection of the Chef’s hand picked artisanal
cheeses, and learn as Robin Kelley O’Connor, Certified Wine Educator and
resident expert, leads you through a spectrum of Barolo, traditional to
modern, while explaining the connection between the two schools of
Barolo making and the wine in the glass. From the traditional side,
we'll be pouring Rinaldi, Mascarello, Seghesio and Scarzello; from the
modern, we'll be pouring Aldo Conterno, Sandrone, and Clerico. Taste
wines from seven different producers, learn how winemakers' choices
affect their wines, and get real "mouth-on" experience in understanding
the great modern/traditional schism. Knowledge is power, but in this
case, knowledge is also incredibly delicious.