Under-the-Radar Sangiovese Super Tuscan, Granbussia Trio, and Collector Georges de Vogüé

July 20, 2017
A Note from Sergio

When people think of Sangiovese, they first think of Brunello or Chianti Classico, but Sangiovese is so much more. Sangiovese has been pushing its way through the rocky Italian soil since Etruscan times, and it has spawned loads of clones--Prugnolo, Sangioveto, and Sangiovese Grosso among them. While Sangiovese blankets the countryside from Umbria to Le Marche, its true home is Toscana, where it thrives on the rolling hills, calmed by continuous cool breezes. Even in ideal conditions, Sangiovese remains difficult. It's a finicky grape that grows in small, tight bunches that ripen unevenly. And while Sangiovese has zings with acidity and bursts with an earthy palate full of "frutti de bosco," it does not have a massive body, dark color and the jamminess that characterizes many international wines. Sangiovese wine does not, then, easily please the palate of people who like those wines.

Montevertine was the first producer of a high quality Sangiovese Super Tuscan with its Le Pergole Torte in 1981; Fontodi decided to make its Flaccianello a mono-varietal Sangiovese in 1985. These two wines helped to renovate the image of Sangiovese in the minds of wine connoisseurs, but, while famous, Le Pergole Torte and Flaccianello are not the only great Sangiovese collector wines. Many wine-lovers overlook Percarlo, the superb wine created by San Giusto a Rentennano in 1983, just after Montevertine and just before Fontodi. Today, I'm very proud to offer a spectacular vintage bottle of Percarlo, a perfectly mature 1999, a knockout benchmark year. If you've never had the opportunity to experience aged Sangiovese, you can't do much better than this wine. It's a wine that luxuriates in its opposites: sweet fruits and savory herbs, bristling acidity and chewy tannins, lively energy and mellow integration. It's terrific, and it's my pleasure to bring it to you.

Along with this vintage Sangiovese, I'm equally proud to say that I managed to score a trio of perfect, mature, and outrageous Barolo Granbussia Riserva bottles. It's very hard to get Aldo Conterno's Granbussia from back vintages, and the three wines I found for you are from 1996, 1990, and 1989, all benchmark years. Each one of these wines shows a different facet of the gem that is Granbussia, and all will drink for years to come. You really can't get better than this--unless maybe you're a Burghead, in which case you really want to jump on the new allocation of Comte Georges de Vogüé 2008 Musigny Vieilles Vignes below. This wine is painfully young, but give it a couple of years and it'll be an indisputable beauty.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Percarlo, the Best Vintage Super Tuscan You've Never Heard Of
2. Only At IWM:
Benchmark Granbussia from 1989, 1990 and 1996
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Collector Must-Have, Georges de Vogüé Old-Vine Musigny
4. Wine Events: Upcoming July / August Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito

Dating back to the ninth century when it was built as a monastery, San Giusto a Rentennano is the epitome of a historic estate. It served as a military fortress and it also was home to Baron Bettino Ricasoli, who created the original formula for Chianti in 1874. Purchased by the Cigala family in the mid-twentieth century, this 395-hectare estate nestled in the Siena foothills currently is held in the capable and humble hands of Luca Cigala, along with his siblings Francesco and Elisabetta. Organic since 2008, San Giusto a Rentennano crafts a full range of traditional Tuscan wines with grace, élan and beauty--including the Super-Tuscan La Ricolma, one of Italy's finest Merlots. However, San Guisto's transformational work with the Sangiovese grape, such as its Percarlo, a 100% Sangiovese Super Tuscan, really put the estate on the map.

Today, we're delighted to present perfect, pristine bottles of San Giusto A Rentennano 1999 Percarlo. Super-Tuscan enthusiasts are likely to be more familiar with mono-varietal Sangiovese Super Tuscans like Montevertine's Le Pergole Torte or Fontodi's Flaccianello, but while San Giusto's Percarlo might have slipped below the radar, it's a powerful wine that deserves their notice. Since the inaugural 1983 vintage of Percarlo, the estate has crafted it from the finest Sangiovese on the estate, using international protocol to imbue the wine with sophistication, and intending the flagship Super Tuscan for long aging. While hard to find, Percarlo strides the line between modern and traditional wines, offering a tremendous drinking experience for both Italian wine connoisseurs and newbies alike.

1999 offered Tuscan winemakers a high quality vintage that married power with finesse, and the '99 Percarlo we offer today exhibits those traits with flair. Upon release, the '99 Percarlo was a powerhouse; it had fistfuls of black cherries resting atop a base of smoke, leather and underbrush, and it bristled with kinetic acidity. Now with almost two decades of perfect maturity, this mono-varietal Sangiovese is coming into its own, and tertiary notes like leather, black tea, and tar complicate the wine's primary fruits and secondary earth and spices. Still vibrant, this wine uncoils on the palate to reveal a sweet inner perfume, saline minerality and polished, sophisticated tannins.

Delicious, dense, daring, this mature Sangiovese Super Tuscan makes the perfect complement to grilled steak or any dishes that clamor for a "Big Red." As we said yesterday when we offered a new allocation of 1988 Sassicaia, most Super-Tuscan fans drink their wines too early. Today's offer of '99 Percarlo, presented with the "IWM Difference," our assurance of straight-line provenance and ideal care throughout the wine's lifespan, gives you an opportunity to enjoy this wine with ideal maturity. This '99 Percarlo is an outstanding Sangiovese that will thrill fans of Fontodi or Montervertine, while showing a new facet to the great Tuscan grape. Don't hesitate to contact your portfolio manager to secure your '99 Percarlo--it's drinking gorgeously right now, and there's no gratification like immediate gratification!

(Italy, Toscana - Sangiovese)
$149.00 Regular Price
$139.00 Half-Case Price/btl

Barolo Riserva Granbussia is one of Italy's most collectable bottles, and today, IWM is pleased to present the 1996, 1990, and 1989 bottlings of this esteemed wine. Poderi Aldo Conterno is situated in Monforte d'Alba on the prized Bussia Soprano vineyard, in the heart of the Barolo region, where the Conterno family has been producing and aging the great Piemontese wines for more than five generations. Aldo left his legendary brother at his father's cellar (the Giacomo Conterno estate) in 1969 to pursue his own winemaking interests and reputation, creating the wines of Poderi Aldo Conterno in the "Favot" cellar. The brothers parted ways to create their own styles of Barolo, Giovanni producing the more traditional style of the two with Monfortino and Cascina Francia. Unquestionably iconic, always collectable, and consistently exceptional, Aldo Conterno Barolo Riserva Granbussia is a landmark of Italian winemaking, and these three vintage bottlings are remarkable wines.

Why Buy This Wine:

- Produced only in exceptional vintages, the very limited production Granbussia Riserva derives from grapes grown in the prime Bussia plots of 70% Romirasco and the remainder split between Cicala and Colonnello, three of Monforte's most highly reputed vineyards that produce the region's most long-lived wines.

- Called the "King of Barolo," Aldo Conterno passed away in 2012, and the three Barolo Granbussia vintages offered today are benchmark expressions that Aldo made during the height of his career.

- Aldo himself promised that the '96 Barolo Granbussia would last "30 years without any problem": and twenty years later, this kaleidoscopic, nuanced wine proves him right--it's a focused Granbussia bottling that's firing on all cylinders.

- 1990 gifted Barolo lovers with big, broad-shouldered wines of tremendous power and longevity; the '90 Barolo Granbussia is no exception, showing astonishing symmetry in its elements and terrific aromatics.

- As in 1990, the Barolos of 1989 are benchmark expressions, and this Granbussia bottling marries its muscular power with fresh acidity in an enthralling, complex experience.

- Only IWM can offer this trio of vintage Conterno Barolo Granbussia Riserva, but as you'd expect with these benchmark years, our allocations are limited; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours.

Granbussia Vintage Case
(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo)
$8,388.00 Regular Price
$7,250.00 Special Case Price

*Pre-Arrival, Late Autumn

Few Burgundy producers can trace their lineage back over five hundred years, but Claire de Causans and Marie de Ladoucette, the granddaughters of the late Comte Georges de Vogüé can. This is an old, great, and inventive estate, one that reckons among its holdings nearly three-quarters of the Musigny grand cru. In addition to this renowned vineyard plot, the estate's winemaker François Millet and viticulturist Eric Bourgogne work in tandem to make expressive, elegant and age-worthy Burgundies. Comte Georges de Vogüé very much takes nature as its cue, coaxing the best out of their meticulously grown grapes. This means that cellar regimen is always under flux, and it also means that the estate works tirelessly to garner the respect and the devotion of wine-lovers around the globe. Today, we're pleased to present special time-sensitive pricing on magnums of Comte Georges de Vogüé 2012 Musigny VV, a collector staple that is especially stellar in this vintage and from these large format bottles.

Why Buy This Wine:

- Quite possibly the pinnacle of Pinot Noir, Comte Georges de Vogüé Musigny Vieilles Vignes is a collector staple, and this vintage receives demand commensurate with its beauty and rarity.

- While Comte Georges de Vogüé isn't certified organic, viticulturist Eric Bourgogne grows the estate's grapes without chemical intervention, allowing for nature and terroir to direct the wine, wisdom evidenced by this 2012 Musigny VV bottling.

- Dark, sappy red and purple fruits hug brooding underbrush, lilting wildflowers, eucalyptus, and gravel in this intense, concentrated and textured '12 Musigny bottling.

- Sweet fruit and saline minerals oppose in delicious tension as this wine builds to a long, lingering, textured finish, creating an ideal Burgundy drinking experience for dedicated connoisseurs.

- This wine floods the palate with copious dry extract, but as concentrated as it is, it's nonetheless precise and nuanced; this Burgundy is superb, and it'll drink for years!

- IWM is pleased to present this collector Comte Georges de Vogüé favorite at special time-sensitive pricing; contact a portfolio manager to secure your magnums before we sell through our very limited allocation.

(France, Burgundy - Pinot Noir)
$579.00 Regular Price
$539.00 3-Pack Price/btl
$499.00 Half-Case Price/btl

This offer will expire in 48 hours on July 22nd 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. Tuesday, July 25)

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: $199.00
Special Two-Ticket Price including tax: $189.99/ticket

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!

*Wine list and menu to be announced.

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

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