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Bartolo Mascarello’s Artist Label Magnums! And 15 Specially Priced Domaine Ponsot Wines!
August 5, 2019
A Note from Sergio

As he neared the end of his life, Bartolo Mascarello, one of Italy's great traditional winemakers, had to rely on a wheelchair. Bartolo's daughter, Maria Teresa, took over the estate's winemaking in the vineyards and in the cantina, and Bartolo spent more his time in his office. Bartolo always loved the act of busily, thoughtfully creating, and he channeled that energy into painting wine labels. Bartolo would affix these special hand-painted labels to friends' bottles, but he painted many more labels than he ended up gluing, and after Bartolo passed away, Maria Teresa found several hundred of Bartolo's labels. She scanned them, and now she places the copies on a tiny number of bottles each vintage.

Today, I'm very proud to present four Bartolo Mascarello Barolo vintages, each one collectable, not only for the wine in the bottle but also for its label, because all of these magnums come adorned with one of the labels that Bartolo created, and Maria Teresa resurrected. I nurture a passion for traditional wines, and I love iconoclastic winemakers, artists who tell a story with their wines. Bartolo was an uncompromising, visionary, restless creator whose wines speak with his voice, and these magnum bottles do it both with their contents and with their labels. In her winemaking, Maria Teresa built upon her father's legacy, and the quartet of Mascarello magnums in today's offer will live for decades in your cellar--and forever in their unique, beautiful labels.

Along with these four Mascarello magnums, I'm delighted to offer special pricing on 15 Domaine Ponsot Burgundies from 2011 and 2012. Burgheads will want to dive into this sale!

Enjoy!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Only at IWM: Bartolo Mascarello's Magnums with Hand-Painted Labels!
2. Time Sensitive Offer: Special Pricing on 15 Wines from Iconic Domaine Ponsot!
3. Wine Events: Upcoming August Wine Tasting Events

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Sergio Esposito
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Domaine Ponsot Morey-St-Denis 1er Cuvee Alouettes 2012 1.5L
Domaine Ponsot Morey-St-Denis 1er Cuvee Alouettes 2012 1.5L
Price: $540.00

Impressive, pure fruit and beautiful structure marry with impeccable balance in this compelling, stellar Ponsot ’12 Cuvée Alouettes. Offering layers of minerality that are laced with fruit and earth, the precise and intense ’12 bottling uncurls to a finish that seems to go on forever. This wine derives from the estate’s almost 2.5-acre Alouettes parcel; the organically tended grapes typically ferment with stems in open oak vats for 10 to 20 days; the wine ages in used oak barrels for about two years before bottling. It’s one of the best values for quality of such caliber from Ponsot and a must-have for real Burgundy connoisseurs. more info
Domaine Ponsot Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2011 750ml
Domaine Ponsot Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2011 750ml
Price: $759.00

Brooding and earthy, this ’11 Clos de Vougeot wraps its red and blue fruits in warm saddle leather, underbrush, potpourri and game. Intense yet delineated, this wine scatters copious dry extract and polished, dense tannins across the palate as it builds to a powerful, lingering finish. Deriving from a scant one-acre parcel of vines, the grapes ferment in temperature-controlled tanks and the wine ages for two years in used oak barrels; Ponsot bottles with minimal sulfur, if any at all, which means that this domaine’s wines require careful storage and handling. more info
Domaine Ponsot Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru 2011 1.5L
Domaine Ponsot Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru 2011 1.5L
Price: $849.00

Weighty, intense, and concentrated, this ’11 Chapelle-Chambertin explodes with succulent red and black fruits, dusty minerals, sun-warmed earth, crushed flower petals, and fresh-cut herbs. Savory minerals underpin the wine’s sweet fruit, driving it with focus and energy across the palate as it builds to a complex finish replete with sturdy tannins. Deriving from a 1.7-acre parcel, the grapes ferment in temperature-controlled tanks and the wine ages for two years in used oak barrels; Ponsot bottles with minimal sulfur, if any at all, which means that this domaine’s wines require careful storage and handling. more info
Domaine Ponsot Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2011 750ml
Domaine Ponsot Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2011 750ml
Price: $849.00

Framing its pure, sweet Pinot Noir fruit with a bower of flowers, earth, baking spices, and a kiss of sauvage, the aromatics of this must-have ’11 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru from Domaine Ponsot offer a heady promise. This promise is fulfilled with the intense, deep and energetic palate that adds fresh-cut herbs and a delightful inner perfume to the experience.  Supple yet serious tannins suggest this wine has years ahead of it. Deriving from a plot planted in 1947, the grapes for this wine macerate for two weeks in oak vats, fermenting with only wild yeasts; the wine ages in used oak and is bottled without fining, filtration or added sulfur. This extremely age-worthy wine can be enjoyed now with thorough decantation, but it will easily drink for another three decades, possibly longer. more info
Domaine Ponsot Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2012 750ml
Domaine Ponsot Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2012 750ml
Price: $1,100.00

Opulent, ripe and gorgeous, the ’12 Clos de la Roche from Domaine Ponsot impresses for its ability to complement its generous lines with focus and energy, for its sheer depth of flavors, and for its silky feel and sturdy structure. The nose explodes with a profusion of red and blue fruits, warm baking spices, balsamic herbs, pepper and earth, and the palate grips the mouth with velvety tannins and an outrageous mouth-feel. This is a stellar effort that should not be overlooked by serious Burgundy connoisseurs. Deriving from a plot planted in 1947, the grapes for this wine macerate for two weeks in oak vats, fermenting with only wild yeasts; the wine ages in used oak and is bottled without fining, filtration or added sulfur. This extremely age-worthy wine can be enjoyed now with thorough decantation, but it will easily drink for another three decades, possibly longer. more info
Bartolo Mascarello Barolo (Hand Painted Label) 2006 1.5L
Bartolo Mascarello Barolo (Hand Painted Label) 2006 1.5L
Price: $1,199.00

If Barolo is the “king of wine and the wine of kings,” Bartolo Mascarello’s 2006 offering is an aristocrat indeed; it’s refined, elegant, fragrant, restrained, harmonious and traditional. Silky, debonair, and balanced, the ‘06 Barolo is the result of a long, hot summer, and it shows bunches of dark red fruit supported by an ethereal nose. Crafted as a traditional cuvée, Mascarello sources its Nebbiolo from just over twelve acres planted in the historic vineyards of Cannubi, Rué, and San Lorenzo in the commune of Barolo and Rocche in the commune of La Morra. While Barolos deriving from these areas tend to offer great aromatics and elegance, few also have the structure and longevity of a Mascarello Barolo.  Exquisite and heady, this Barolo has the structure to drink for upwards of two or three decades. Fewer than 1,200 cases crafted a year, and only a fraction are adorned with this special hand-painted label. more info
Bartolo Mascarello Barolo (Hand Painted Label) 2007 1.5L
Bartolo Mascarello Barolo (Hand Painted Label) 2007 1.5L
Price: $1,199.00

Bartolo Mascarello is perhaps most aptly summed up with his anthem, “No Barrique, No Berlusconi.” The seductive ’07 offers a juiciness that’s unusual for Mascarello, but its linear structure, nuance and extended finish show the skilled, loving hands of its maker. Since Bartolo’s death in 2005, the estate has been in the hands of his daughter, Maria-Teresa, who continues the old-school traditions of aging in large botti, blending across vineyards, and making Barolo for the ages. A Bartolo Mascarello Barolo is a classic expression: lithe and graceful in its youth yet growing more massy as it ages, perfumed with roses and violets, extraordinarily finessed and ethereal, and replete with that Barolo magical mix of frutti di bosco, tar, and terroir. Fewer than 1,200 cases crafted a year, and only a fraction are adorned with this special hand-painted label. more info
Bartolo Mascarello Barolo (Hand Painted Label) 2005 1.5L
Bartolo Mascarello Barolo (Hand Painted Label) 2005 1.5L
Price: $1,725.00

A magical magnum, this ‘05 Mascarello Barolo holds a bewitching yet restrained mélange of raspberries, chocolate, spices, aniseed, and crushed roses and violets. This Mascarello Barolo has clean lines, purity, and translucence that belie its powerful, energetic palate that unfolds in layers of textured silk. Crafted as a traditional cuvée, Mascarello sources its Nebbiolo from just over twelve acres planted in the historic vineyards of Cannubi, Rué, and San Lorenzo in the commune of Barolo and Rocche in the commune of La Morra. While Barolos deriving from these areas tend to offer great aromatics and elegance, few also have the structure and longevity of a Mascarello Barolo. Fewer than 1,200 cases crafted a year, and only a fraction are adorned with this special hand-painted label. more info
Domaine Ponsot Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2011 1.5L
Domaine Ponsot Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2011 1.5L
Price: $1,799.00

One of the Burgundy’s great wines from one of the world’s great winemakers and one of recent history’s most interesting and challenging vintages, Domaine Ponsot’s 2011 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru is a stunner. Framing its pure, sweet Pinot Noir fruit with crushed violet petals, warm earth, baking spices, and a kiss of animale underbrush, the aromatics of this compelling, tension-filled wine offer a captivating mixture of seduction and restraint. Sweet fruits echo on the intense and energetic palate that adds fresh-pressed wild herbs and a decadent, supple texture; fine-grained yet serious tannins, an opulent texture, and elegant acidity meld seamlessly on the wine’s kaleidoscopic, resonant finish. Just entering its drinking window, this blockbuster Clos de La Roche has years ahead of it. Deriving from an 8.4-acre plot planted in 1947, the grapes for this wine macerate for two weeks in oak vats, fermenting with only wild yeasts; the wine ages in used oak and is bottled without fining, filtration or added sulfur. This extremely age-worthy wine can be enjoyed now with thorough decantation, but it will easily drink for another three decades, possibly longer. more info
Bartolo Mascarello Barolo (Hand Painted Label) 2004 1.5L
Bartolo Mascarello Barolo (Hand Painted Label) 2004 1.5L
Price: $1,889.00

The penultimate vintage from the hands of Bartolo Mascarello, this ’04 Barolo is a testament to this towering traditional winemaker. At once ethereal and powerful, this wine marries nuance with intensity in its layers of perfectly delineated juicy fruit, crushed violets and roses, licorice, sun-warmed earth, cypress and herbs. This is a captivating, sophisticated bottle that holds your palate in thrall until its gripping, balanced and lingering finish. Crafted as a traditional cuvée, Mascarello sources its Nebbiolo from just over twelve acres planted in the historic vineyards of Cannubi, Rué, and San Lorenzo in the commune of Barolo and Rocche in the commune of La Morra. While Barolos deriving from these areas tend to offer great aromatics and elegance, few also have the structure and longevity of a Mascarello Barolo. Fewer than 1,200 cases crafted a year, and only a fraction are adorned with this special hand-painted label. more info