Must-Have '13 Aldo Conterno Barolo, Surprising "Baby Barolo," and Insider Burgundy!

May 23, 2018
A Note from Sergio

Nebbiolo is the defining grape of the Langhe. It's the grape that makes Barbaresco and Barolo the "queen" and the "king" of wines, and it's a grape capable of wines with a beauty so transcendent that it's almost mystical. Extremely terroir-driven and expressive, Nebbiolo changes drastically depending on where it grows and what winemaking techniques the producer uses. However flexible the grape, Nebbiolo wine is so distinctive that you know it the moment your nose smells it: wafting with tar and flowers, a slight medicinal note, a sweet roasted meat scent as it gets older--these attributes plus its deep fruit and tobacco finish set Nebbiolo apart.

Nebbiolo's astounding flexibility makes Piemonte's swirling hills with its infinite microclimates a perfect home. No two Nebbiolo wines are the same, so we have much to love. Today, I'm very proud to bring you two Nebbiolo wines for you to explore. First, there's Poderi Aldo Conterno's killer 2013 Barolo Bussia. With its wet weather, cool summer, and other issues, 2013 challenged Piemonte's barolisti, but the team at Aldo Conterno ended the growing year with perfectly ripe, gorgeous Nebbiolo, and the estate's "basic" bottling is a must-have wine. Second, the wines of Giovanni Rosso are new to my clients, but winemaker Davide Rosso is a name you want to know. Today's eLetter has Rosso's inaugural vintage of his very, very special 2015 Langhe Nebbiolo Ester Canale Vigna Rionda. You want to keep your eye on this wine and its maker!

Along with these two superlative Nebbiolo wines, I'm very happy to bring you one of IWM's favorite "insider" Burgundies, Chavy-Chouet's high-performing, seriously delicious 2016 Meursault Les Narvaux. A tough growing year that ended in fairytale high quality wines, 2016 is a terrific year for white Burgundy, and this Chavy-Chouet wine shows the vintage's tense, mineral side in its Meursault Narvaux. Priced at less than $65 a bottle, this wine will make white wine lovers and Burgheads very, very happy--and it'll likely make some new converts to the cult of Chavy-Chouet along the way.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence: Radiant, Expressive 2013 Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia
2. Only At IWM: Refined, Stellar "Baby Barolo" from Giovanni Rosso
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Chavy-Chouet's "Insider" Meursault Les Narvaux
4. Wine Events: Upcoming June Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito

Aldo Conterno was known as the "King of Barolo," and the wines made by this Piemonte winemaker, as well as those that hail from the estate that bears his name, are collector staples. Most famous is Aldo Conterno Granbussia, but the estate's three cru bottlings--Romirasco, Colonnello, and Cicala--as well as its cuvée Barolo Bussia are beloved by connoisseurs. In 1969, Aldo, who passed away in 2012, left his brother at his father's cellar (the legendary Giacomo Conterno estate) to pursue his own winemaking interests at Poderi Aldo Conterno in the "Favot" cellar. The estate now sits in the hands of his three sons, who trained at their father's side, and over the past decade, Aldo Conterno's wines have grown more traditional in style, more nuanced and even more finessed.

Today, we're very proud to present the benchmark 2013 Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia, the estate's traditional blended Barolo, and it is radiant, expressive and simply superb. Once simply called Aldo Conterno Barolo and now called Barolo Bussia, this entry-level Barolo from Aldo Conterno has earned a reputation for being a generous, open, genial wine; it's a perennial IWM client favorite. Deriving from 12 acres of plots in Bussia Soprano with vines aging between 35 and 40 years, Aldo Conterno's Barolo Bussia is anything but simple--it's a beautifully complex wine that tells a detailed story about its terroir and this estate's trademark style.

2013 gifted Barolo makers (and the wine's fans) with a cool, lingering growing season with ample hang time and perfectly ripened grapes; the resulting wines are finessed, sophisticated and thrilling evocations of their superb growing year. Succulent red and blue fruits, new saddle leather, cigar wrapper, violet petals, baking spices and loam waft from the glass of this spellbinding '13 Barolo Bussia. This wine shows impeccable balance, unfurling on the palate with energy and focus to reveal a seamless structure and silky texture--it's a Barolo that embodies its benchmark vintage in its polished tannins, sophisticated aromatics, and brilliance.

A standout bottling from a benchmark vintage made by a landmark estate, this '13 Barolo Bussia over-delivers on its $83 price point. You'll want to drink this wine right away, but time in the cellar will make it more harmonious and refined--we think that this '13 Barolo Bussia is a wine to secure by the case so you can enjoy it again and again. IWM is proud to present special, time-sensitive pricing on the must-have Aldo Conterno '13 Barolo Bussia, an exceptional release from this benchmark vintage; contact a portfolio manager to secure yours form our limited allocation.

Poderi Aldo Conterno 2013 Barolo Bussia*
(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo)
$82.99 Regular Price/btl
$76.35 Case Price/btl

*Pre-Arrival, June

"Wine should be a perfect copy of its terroir," says Davide Rosso, the owner-winemaker at Giovanni Rosso, a 40-acre, family-owned-and-operated estate in the heart of Serralunga d'Alba. Vinegrowers since the late nineteenth century, Giovanni Rosso began estate-bottling its wines in 1995, a good idea, since this small yet mighty estate's 11 parcels include holdings in the prime Barolo vineyards of La Serra, Vigna Rionda and Cerretta. In 2001, Davide, a trained enologist who studied at Burgundy legends Domaine Jean Grivot and Domaine Denis Mortel, took control of the estate, ushering it into the modern age. Wine insiders have long been calling Davide "ambitious," and now his ambition--and his very hard work--is paying off in terrific, value-conscious, and terroir-driven wines. Today, we're delighted to present the inaugural vintage of Davide's newly released, outstanding Giovanni Rosso 2015 Langhe Nebbiolo Ester Canale Vigna Rionda, at the BEST PRICE in the country.

Why Buy This Wine:

- In the past few years, estate-owner Davide Rosso has moved to sustainable agriculture, built a new cellar for more natural wine production, moved to relying on natural yeasts, and foregone fining and filtration--this Langhe Nebbiolo reflects Rosso's remarkable talents and forecasts a bright future for his estate.

- The famed Vigna Rionda plot, once the site of Bruno Giacosa's legendary Barolo Collina Rionda, has been in the family of Ester Canale, Davide Rosso's mother, since 1934; recently returned to the estate, Davide replanted about two-thirds of the vineyard, the source for this wine.

- A true "baby Barolo," this Langhe Nebbiolo derives from some of the most esteemed land in all of Barolo, and the 2015 is the wine's inaugural vintage.

- Crisp, refined red and blue fruits cavort against a backdrop of violet petals, sun-warmed herbs, baking spices, earth, salty licorice, and a touch of stone fruits in this captivating '15 Langhe Nebbiolo.

- Silky, fine-grained tannins coat the cheeks as electric acidity propels this wine to a lingering finish of saline minerals.

- Elegant and finessed, this Langhe Nebbiolo gives a tantalizing taste of the estate's cult Barolo Vigna Rionda--contact your portfolio manager to secure yours at the BEST PRICE in the country.

Giovanni Rosso 2015 Langhe Nebbiolo Ester Canale Rosso DOC*
(Italy, Piemonte - Nebbiolo)
$149.99 Regular Price/btl
$137.99 Half-Case Price/btl

*Pre-Arrival, June

We love to introduce our clients to lesser-known estates, and Burgundy's Domaine Chavy-Chouet is one that IWM loves to champion. It's also one you can't easily pass by--the domaine's wines are just that compelling. Relatively unknown to most Burgundy buyers, Chavy-Chouet makes some of IWM's best-selling Burgundies. This non-interventionist, natural estate works diligently for small controlled yields, meaning that the quality of fruit at Chavy-Chouet is impeccable, and the wines are consistently excellent. Owned and operated by the rugged Hubert Chavy for three decades, in 2010 his talented and low-key son Romaric took the helm. In these past few years, Romaric has taken Chavy-Couet ever higher, all while keeping the estate's prices relatively steady and relatively low. Today, we're delighted to offer special time-sensitive pricing on Chavy-Chouet's 2016 Meursault Narvaux Viellles Vignes, an old-vine Meursault that priced at just over $60 is more than a bargain--it's a steal!

Why Buy This Wine:

- Layers of intense orchard and stone fruits mingle with toasted nuts, white wildflowers, citrus zest, wet river rocks, and kisses of wood in this refined, sophisticated '16 Meursault Les Narvaux.

- Nervy yet concentrated, this wine glides across the palate with a muscular feel, building to a powerful and complex mineral-laden finish.

- Situated above the premier cru appellations of Genevrières and Poruzots, the soils of Narvaux are clayey, chalky and shallow, and its vines average seventy years of age; this proximity gives the wine the power and decadence of Genevrières and the flintiness of Poruzots.

- Challenging as 2016 was, it resulted in concentrated white Burgundies that complement their intensity with freshness, and this Chavy-Chouet Meursault is delicious--it's a perfect bookend to 2015's riper wines.

- One of the many Meursault vineyards that year after year makes a strong claim for premier cru status, this old-vine Meursault from Chavy-Chouet is a true insider's Burgundy--contact your portfolio manager to secure yours.

Chavy-Chouet 2016 Meursault Les Narvaux
(France, Burgundy - Chardonnay)
$64.99 Regular Price/btl
$59.79 Case Price/btl

This offer will expire in 48 hours on May 25th at 11:59pm EST.

Saturday, June 2 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Regular Ticket Price: $79.00/person
Early Bird Price: $69.00/person

IWM Host: Annie Replogle

There is no wine that embodies the pleasure of summertime better than rosé. Like summertime's flowers and ripe produce, rosé wines bloom in a dizzying array of pale pinks, fleshy salmons, bright cherries, and cheery melons. Summertime rosés aren't meant to sit in the dark cellar--they demand to be enjoyed now. Rosés come from all corners of the wine world, and they appear in a wide variety of styles, from soft and sweet to steely and bright. Join IWM as we celebrate the optimistic, sunny side of summertime wines with this tasting dedicated to rosé. Taste beloved rosé wines from Italy and France, along with some surprise wines, all accompanied by regional meats and cheeses. Come to know this genre even better with the help of knowledgeable IWM sommeliers and make your summer blush with joy!

*Wines to be announced.

Saturday, June 9 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Sit-Down Tasting

Regular Ticket Price: $99.00/person
Early Bird Price: $89.00/person

IWM Host: Francesco Vigorito, Vice President of Sales

Italy has more than 2,000 different indigenous grapes, the most of any country in the world (though Portugal may beg to differ). One way to make sense of this number of grapes--and the extraordinary number of delicious wines made from them--is to focus on one geographical area. Let our knowledgeable IWM sommelier lead you through a tour of most emblematic, delicious, and outrageous expressions from Italy's North. We'll be pouring wines from Valpolicella, Vallee d'Aosta, Friuli and more, and our knowledgeable sommelier will guide you in understanding the panorama of northern Italy's terroir, traditions, and grapes. Accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, this sit-down tasting offers aficionados or Italian wine newbies the most delicious education in authentic wine that you can get outside of Italy. Toe to tip, IWM is where Italian wine lovers come for fine Italian wine.

*Wines to be announced.

Saturday, June 16 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Walk-Around Tasting

Regular Ticket Price: $69.00/person
Early Bird Price: $59.00/person

IWM Host: Michael Adler

Like linen in summer, crisp, cool, refreshing whites will never go out of style. But how do you decide on the perfect white wine? IWM wants you to keep your cool this summer, both literally and figuratively; join us as we show you the ins, the outs, and the whens of summertime whites. Our knowledgeable sommeliers will pour some of our most favorite whites--from mineral-laden Chablis to flowery Fiano, creamy white Burgundies to steely Pinot Grigio, and bright Riviera whites to sturdy Meursaults, this tasting will give you a panoramic view of summertime's coolest white wines. Accompanied by regional meats and cheeses, this walk-around tasting will let you explore the wonderful world of summertime whites in IWM's rustic, elegant Studio del Gusto. It's the ideal way to toast midsummer with sophistication and class!

*Wines to be announced.

Saturday, June 23 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Walk-Around Tasting

Regular Ticket Price: $99.00/person
Early Bird Price: $49.00/person

Host: IWM Team

The best way to know wine is to drink it--a lot of it! But you need to drink it within the context of other wines, to enjoy it in the company of knowledgeable people, and to experience it in a relaxed, vibrant environment. IWM invites you to our Mini-Grand tasting that will broaden your palate with specially chosen wines from Italy, France and more! This mini grand tasting of global wines features wines from our best-loved countries, our favorite producers, and our most important regions. It's a rare opportunity to experience a wide array of wines in one location, surrounded by like-minded wine-lovers. Let IWM's team of sommeliers fill your glass with wine and your mind with knowledge as you walk around sampling wines from some of the finest producers on the face of the planet. Complemented by an assortment of antipasti and pastas prepared by our in-house culinary team, and sweetened by preferential pricing on the featured wines, this tasting is a treat. Come to IWM's Mini-Grand Tasting and travel the world of wine, without ever leaving glamorous New York City.

*Wines to be announced.

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