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New Chavy-Chouet 2016 Debuts! Le Pergole Torte Vintage Dozen! And Antinori's Aglicanico!
April 24, 2018
A Note from Sergio

Domaine Chavy-Chouet doesn't appear much on Robert Parker or the Wine Spectator, Burghound or Vinous, but this under-the-radar estate makes consistently beautiful, genuine Burgundy. Run by Romaric and Hubert Chavy-Chouet, this family-owned-and-operated estate is a huge client favorite at IWM, crafting some of Burgundy's best values from its multiple parcels scattered across the regions of Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, St.Aubin, Volnay and Pommard. Authentic, exacting, singular and delicious, Chavy-Chouet's white Burgundies are the kind of wines IWM loves to champion--even better, these wines way over-perform their relatively modest price points.

Whenever Chavy-Chouet's wines hit our shelves, they sell out, and today, I'm delighted to announce the debut of two of Chavy-Chouet's outstanding 2016 wines, its Meursault Narvaux and Puligny-Montrachet Enseignères. Challenging but ending in fairytale high quality wines, 2016 is a terrific year for white Burgundy, and this Chavy-Chouet duo shows the vintage's tense, mineral side in its Meursault Narvaux and the year's concentrated, nervy side in its Puligny-Montrachet Enseignères. Priced at less than $65 a bottle, both of these wines will make white wine lovers and Burgheads very, very happy--and they'll likely make some new converts to the cult of Chavy-Chouet along the way.

Having put Burgundy in the spotlight, it's only right to feature deeply Italian wines in this eLetter's two remaining offers, so today I'm very pleased to offer a twelve-vintage retrospective of Montevertine's iconic Le Pergole Torte. Before Sergio Manetti made his wines, it would have been hard to envision Sangiovese's Burgundian side, but Le Pergole Torte showcases the refinement, the aristocratic lines, and the nuance of Sangiovese. There are a dozen vintages below, and they are spectacular. Finally, I scored some more of Antinori's lush, layered Aglicanico, 2012 Bocca di Lupo Castel del Monte, from the family's Tormaresca estate in Puglia. Don't miss it!


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence: Must-Have Chavy-Chouet Duo from Benchmark 2016
2. Only At IWM: Montevertine Le Pergole Torte 1993-2014
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Antinori's Lush, Layered Spin on Aglianico
4. Wine Events: Upcoming April Wine Tasting Events

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Montevertine Le Pergole Torte 2008 750ml
Montevertine Le Pergole Torte 2008 750ml
Price: $269.00

While Le Pergole Torte is usually a wine that needs extensive cellar aging, the ’08 bottling presents the open-knit, aromatic and approachable side of this iconic Sangiovese bottling. Offering its Raddo terroir in its nose of berries, earth and herbs, this wine offers a balanced, elegant palate of sweet crushed cherries and frutti di bosco, earthy notes and warm spices. Arguably the finest expression of Sangiovese, Le Pergole Torte is a darling among not only connoisseurs of that grape but wine-lovers around the world. Montevertine’s flagship wine gives Sangiovese its due, placing it alongside Burgundy’s Pinot Noir in terms of age-ability, finesse and nuance. Montevertine crafts around 1,500 cases made of this classically styled, traditionally crafted mono-varietal Sangiovese Super Tuscan each vintage. more info
Montevertine Le Pergole Torte 1996 750ml
Montevertine Le Pergole Torte 1996 750ml
Price: $379.00

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Montevertine Le Pergole Torte 2000 750ml
Montevertine Le Pergole Torte 2000 750ml
Price: $379.00

Firm, mouth-filling tannins, pure Sangiovese fruit, and a personality that bridges power with elegance, the ’00 Le Pergole Torte offers a sublime experience in this iconic Super Tuscan. Aromatics of cherries, berries, earth, spice, underbrush, cigar wrapper and spice burst from the glass; echoed on the seamless palate, this wine integrates its notes into a seamless whole that crescendo to a thrilling, lingering finish. Le Pergole Torte has its roots deep in Toscana, and its vinification protocol owes a little to international methods. Vinified first in cement, the wine first ages in cask and then in barriques before being transferred, unfiltered, into bottles for at least six months before release. It’s not too strong a statement to make that Le Pergole Torte sets the gold standard for elite Sangiovese. more info