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Festive André Clouet Cuvée 1911, Historic Fiorano White, and Alain Burguet Beauty
December 21, 2016
A Note from Sergio

Today, I'm delighted to shine a spotlight on a beautiful bottle of Champagne, André Clouet Cuvée 1911. This Champagne house is different, and this wine is unusual. Its maker uses the traditional method of blending multiple vintages together to make a magical wine that brings out the best. Powerful and finessed, Clouet's Cuvée 1911 is definitely a Champagne whose whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and the most recent release is spectacular. Most serious Champagne lovers go for vintage bottles, but this cuvée is one that should be in their cellars and on their lips. It's rich, textured, and complex, and it cries out for seafood, duck or roasted chicken--but mostly it cries out for your glass!

The holidays are all about celebrating the people you love with wines you love, so I'm rounding out today's offer with a pair of exceptional bottles: Fiorano 1995 No. 32 Bianco and Alain Burguet 2013 Vosne-Romanée Les Rouges du Dessus. Although these two wines are very different, they each show IWM's commitment to searching for, securing and keeping fine wines in perfect condition until they arrive on your table. Fiorano Bianco is an ideal bottle to open when you want to make--or experience--history. You literally cannot find wines like Fiorano's anymore. And the Alain Burguet Burgundy might need a few more years before it's ideal, but no one will blame you if you can't wait. It's just that good.

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Celebrate with this IWM Signature Grower Champagne
2. Only At IWM:
Fiorano's Singular Bianco, a Piece of Italian Winemaking History
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Spicy, Vibrant Alain Burguet Vosne-Romanée
4. Wine Events: Upcoming January Wine Tasting Events

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Sergio Esposito
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Andre Clouet Champagne Cuvee 1911 NV
Andre Clouet Champagne Cuvee 1911 NV 750ml
Price: $99.99

Bursting with tropical and citrus fruits, toasted brioche, crushed roses, a kiss of spice and a sophisticated core of saline minerality, this Champagne marries power with finesse thanks to its mousse-like texture that’s backed with bracing acidity. This is a serious Champagne that begs to be sipped from a Burgundy glass, yet it’s so food-friendly that you can enjoy it from the meal’s beginning to its end. Cuvée 1911 respects an old Champagne tradition of blending multiple vintages that few houses practice these days; for this Champagne, Clouet blends multiple vintages; its current release uses a blend of half 2008 vintage with the remainder a solera blend of old reserve wines. Cuvée 1911 commemorates the year riots broke out in the Champagne region as the local farmers rebelled against the larger houses, as well as the number of bottles André Clouet makes each bottling. This mono-varietal Pinot Noir Champagne is a blend of the estate’s best reserve wines dating from 2001; the wine ages sur lie in bottle for about seven years before it receives a low 6-grams per liter dosage. more info
Fiorano No. 32 Bianco 1995 750ml
Fiorano No. 32 Bianco 1995 750ml
Price: $124.00

Racy and nervy, the No. 32 Bianco frames its succulent and dried orchard and stone fruits with potpourri, smoky minerals, and a “cidery” quality that’s reminiscent of Gravner’s amphora-aged amber wines. Textured and piquant, this ’95 Fiorano Bianco fills the mouth with a chewy tannin-like feel, making it a rare white that drinks very much like a red. This mature white wine defies what we think we know about Italian whites, offering a tremendous drinking experience for wine connoisseurs; despite three decades of maturity, this powerful, stable white opens with hours of aeration to show a kaleidoscopic palate. Fiorano Bianco, crafted from organically grown Malvasia di Candia, is an unusual, rare white that stands the test of time and offers a picture of meticulous, organic winemaking as it was practiced decades ago. more info