Today's Featured Offer:
Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet, Lignier-Michelot Bourgogne Rouge and Messorio Sale!

October 23, 2014 
A Note from Sergio

While I typically reserve the eLetter's "Spotlight" section for Italian wines, sometimes I have a wine from outside of Italy that is so compelling that I have to shine a bright light on it. Such is the case with today's offer of Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet 2011. The name of Domaine Leflaive won't be a stranger to our Burgundy lovers; it's one of the most famous estates in all of Burgundy, and it's arguably the most important estate crafting white Burgundies today.

Like my favorite Italian winemakers, Anne-Claude Leflaive is committed to making wines that articulate terroir in a clear, individualistic and delicious voice, and to staying true to her own ideals. Anne-Claude is an extraordinary vigneron, and her command over her wines' styles is inspiring. While we've featured many of Leflaive's Burgundies in the past, perhaps none have demanded special treatment the like wine I'm spotlighting today, Domaine Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet 2011. Drink it. You'll see why I'm bending my own rules to give this Burgundy a privileged place in this offer.

I'm delighted to put this Bâtard-Montrachet within the context of an exceptional Bourgogne Rouge from Lignier-Michelot and a beautiful bottling of Le Macchiole's Messorio from 2009. The first wine puts high quality-to-cost ratio in a delicious light. The second presents an elegant, finessed and complex Italian Merlot, and a constant IWM favorite wine.



Today's Featured Sections Include:


1. Spotlight on Excellence: Extraordinary Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet 2011
2. Time Sensitive Offer: Lignier-Michelot Redefines Value Wine
3. Our Experts Suggest: Under-the-Radar Burgundy Greats from Chandon de Briailles
4. Only At IWM: Finessed Le Macchiole 2009 Messorio--With Special Pricing!
5. Wine Events: 
White Truffle Lunch / Winemaker Dinner: Alessia Antinori Presents Fiorano

My Best, 



Sergio Esposito


Sliding into winter and the holiday season may feel like an unusual time to offer a Bâtard-Montrachet, but there are no seasonal restrictions for a weighty white Burgundy made by a deft hand. This is even more true when the Bâtard-Montrachet in question comes from Domaine Leflaive, an estate that produces white Burgundies that sit in a league of their own. Today, we're very proud to present a new allocation of Domaine Leflaive 2011 Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru, a collectible, classic bottling that will impress even the most discriminating palates.

Offering an explosive nose that needs to be experienced to be believed, this '11 Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet has layers and layers of aromas; mind-boggling scents of honey, pineapple, orange marmalade, and ripe apricot intertwine with crushed stone and hibiscus flowers. On the palate, it grips you with its almost oily opulent texture, liquid minerality, beautiful acidity and overall harmony. In stock and ready to ship, this '11 Bâtard-Montrachet is a mind-bending wine that is a joy to taste now, but it will age effortlessly and gracefully, adding detail and nuance with maturity, and will bring many years of enjoyment, should you have the patience to cellar it.

A biodynamic producer, Anne-Claude Leflaive, a third generation winemaker, produces extraordinary wines at the family estate, which dates back to 1717 when there were only 12 acres of vines. Anne-Claude's grandfather, Joseph, who came to Burgundy in 1905, formally established Domaine Leflaive when he returned to Puligny-Montrachet from St-Etienne. One of the pioneers of estate-bottled wines in the '30s and '40s, Joseph left the domaine to his two sons, Vincent and Jo. In 1990 Anne-Claude and her cousin Oliver assumed control of the estate. However, the Leflaive family felt Oliver's side business as a négociant was a distraction, and they decided to split ties with Oliver's management of the domaine. In 1994 the Anne-Claude took over sole managing control of the estate.

Concerned about the irreversible damage caused to soils by fertilizers and pesticides, Anne-Claude turned the estate fully biodynamic in 1997, and now Leflaive uses only diluted plant compounds to treat the vines and soil. Anne-Claude noticed that the vines became healthier over time, resulting in an obvious difference in the wines they produced.  "At Domaine Leflaive we make wines that are intended to age," says Anne-Claude. "We want finesse above all. If I want to define our style, it is one of purity, precision and a certain crystalline quality." Judging from the stellar 2011 we offer today, this vigneron has succeeded.

Today's offering of Domaine Leflaive 2011 Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru represents one of the standout representations of the vintage. Aromatic and expressive, the wine possesses considerable grip, dry extract, and complexity; simply put, it's an exquisite white Burgundy and one that deserves a place in the cellars of IWM's most discerning collector. Contact your portfolio manager to secure your bottlings.


(France, Burgundy - Chardonnay) 

$525 Regular Price



When you consider how successful this estate is at creating pure, opulent and emblematic expressions of its Morey St. Denis' terroir, Lignier Michelot's relative newcomer status might feel surprising. The estate only began bottling its own wines in 1992, the year Virgile Lignier joined his father Maurice at his estate; previous to this year, the estate sold its grapes to négociants. Virgile, who assumed control of Lignier Michelot in 2000, takes exacting pains in the estate's 21-acre vineyards, where he uses a noninterventionist approach as much as possible with the estate's vines, which mostly age upwards of forty years. Virgile's efforts show consistently in the wines of this estate; though they may fly under the radar of many collectors, the Burgundies of Lignier Michelot consistently offer a great value in their sappy fruit wrapped around a core of mineral and tannins; today, we're delighted to offer Lignier Michelot 2011 Bourgogne Rouge at the BEST PRICE in the country.


Why Buy This Wine:

- It doesn't matter whether the vineyard is Grand Cru, 1er Cru, Village, or Bourgogne--Domaine Lignier-Michelot treats all vines and fruit the same, using painstaking organic agriculture in the vineyards and careful vinification in the cellar.


- Virgile Lignier believes that wine is made in the vineyard, so his vineyard management is second to none with an emphasis on meticulous agriculture; organic now, the estate awaits its biodynamic certification.


- The classy, light crimson Domaine Lignier Michelot Bourgogne Rouge 2011 comes from vineyards with vines that average more than 40 years of age; it's chock full of character provided by the old vines, showing traits that can only come with vine age and maturity.


- The nose evokes spring flowers with lovely red fruit aromas like cherry and framboise, complemented by hints of spice. 


- On the palate, it is generous with a lovely texture, and the wine's red fruits glow with ripeness; this is a wine that will bring great pleasure for your everyday drinking right now.


- Only IWM can offer this spectacular biodynamic Bourgogne Rouge at under $32, the BEST PRICE in the States; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours.


Lignier Michelot 2011 Bourgogne Rouge
(France, Burgundy - Pinot Noir) 

$31.99 Regular Price 
$25.59 6-Pack Price/btl


This offer is available 48 hrs and will expire on October 25th at 5:00 pm EST.


As an IWM Portfolio Manager, Garrett Kowalsky has married his love of wine with his background in finance and economics. A lover of many of the world's wine-growing regions, Garrett acknowledges that Burgundy and Barolo hold a special place in his heart.

Drinking Today:
 Chandon de Briailles 2010 Corton Les Marechaudes Grand Cru 2010

(France, Burgundy - Pinot Noir)
$109.99 Regular Price 
$101.19 Case Price/btl


(France, Burgundy - Pinot Noir)
$47.50 Regular Price 
$43.70 Case Price/btl


For complete descriptions of the wines and an explanation of why Garrett selected these wines, please visit our expert's post at Inside IWM.



Only one of the major players in the Super-Tuscan movement was born in this tiny town: Eugenio Campolmi of Le Macchiole. Eugenio started the winery in 1983, using the experience he'd gained from working with the vines his father had grown to make the wine for his own restaurant. It was a leap of faith because there weren't that many people making a success of wine in Bolgheri--just Sassicaia, Antinori and Grattamacco. Le Macchiole struggled to find its identity until this native son realized that the best way to make his wine and his mark was to craft mono-varietal expressions. Since Eugenio's passing more than a decade ago, Le Macchiole rests in the hands of his wife, Cinzia Merli, a woman who understands her wines as her children. Today, IWM is proud to announce the return of the elegant, understated 2009 Le Macchiole Messorio, a Merlot that sits alongside neighboring Masseto as one of Italy's greats.


Why Buy This Wine:


- Along with nearby Masseto and Tua Rita's Redigaffi, Messorio is one of the standard bearers of Italian Merlot, and the '09 vintage plays up the wine's Bordeaux heritage in is aromatics, grace and herbal palate.


- Brooding fruit dances with smoke, earth, tar and wildflowers in this elegant, aromatic and nuanced evocation of -Messorio, always a collector favorite. 


- The child of a ripe vintage, the '09 Messorio is unusually approachable now, yet it's nonetheless complex, dense and fresh.


- While Le Macchiole has always been known for its mono-varietal bottlings, its Merlot Messorio has gained it international renown; more than the flagship wine of the estate, Messorio is the wine that carries most effortlessly the traits, characteristics and personality of Le Macchiole's unique land.


- Only IWM can offer you this Messorio with impeccable provenance and five years of perfect maturity; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours at the BEST PRICE in the country.


(Italy, Toscana - Merlot)

$189 Regular Price


Saturday, October 25, 2014, 1-3 pm

Regular Price $195.00

Price Including Tax $212.31

The white diamonds of the earth meet Champagne, Barolo, and other world-class wines at IWM's most highly anticipated tasting event, our yearly white truffle luncheon. If you love Alba's most sustainable delicacy, the tartufo bianco, you won't want to miss this event that pairs truffles with wines from some of the great masters of Italy and France. Truffles flown from Piemonte will serve as the centerpiece of this sit-down luncheon as our in-house kitchen staff crafts world-class dishes featuring white truffles, porcini, quail and other classic fall Italian fare. IWM's Robin Kelley O'Connor and John Camacho Vidal will be host sommeliers pouring Champagne from Alfred Gratien, Barolo from Bruno Giacosa, Barbaresco from San Giuliano, and wines from Latour Giraud and Paolo Bea. It's the most wonderful time of the year--truffle season. Celebrate it in style with IWM.



Menu and Featured Wines:


Assortment of Italian Cured Meats and Artisanal Cheeses, plus some white truffle-friendly items. Grilled pizza bianca with culatello and pear, Scottish Langoustines with celery root.

Alfred Gratien Rose Classique NV

Domaine Latour Giraud Meursault Cuvee Charles Maxime 2012



Wild porcini risotto with soft egg and aged parmigiano reggiano

Paolo Bea Bianco Santa Chiara 2011

Paolo Bea Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro 2007



Roast quail with sunchoke ciambotta and hazelnut oil

San Giuliano Barbaresco 2009

Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto di Serralunga 2009



White truffle panna cotta and assorted petits fours

Paolo Bea Sagrantino di Montefalco Passito 2003

Winemaker Dinner: Alessia Antinori Presents Fiorano

Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 7-10pm

Regular Price: $225
Price Including Tax $244.97


It's a wine event that is decades in the making, featuring wines so rare they're simply unavailable anywhere else! 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 Tenuta di Fiorano, an estate with a long, storied past and a history of making some of Italy's most important, most collectable wines. In 1995, Prince Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi, Alessia's grandfather, made his last vintage at Fiorano, pulling up all the vines except for a few rows of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and some white grape vines left on a caretaker's property. After inheriting a portion of the Prince's land following his death in 2005, Alessia took on the project of nursing these vines back to health, intent on making wine as her grandfather did--organically and with minimal intervention. This unique evening will present old vintages of Fiorano, both its fabled whites and its excruciatingly rare Rosso, as well as offer a taste of Alessia's new bottlings from the restored vineyards of Fiorano. 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.

More details to follow.


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