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The Stories of Barolo and Champagne

December 24, 2012 
 

Today's Featured Sections Include: 

 

1. Holiday Spotlight: Before Champagne

2. Only at IWM: Champagne with Special Meaning and Taste

3. Time Sensitive Offer: The Grande Marques of Champagne

3. Wine Events: Intro to Barolo, Barbaresco, Brunello and Super Tuscans with Will Di Nunzio
4. 2012 Holiday Gift Guide: IWM Holiday Gift Guide (PDF download) 


Before there was Champagne in Italy, the common year end tradition was to give a bottle of Barolo as the prestigious holiday gift.  In fact, it was this practice that enabled many Barolo estates we now know today to prosper and get though difficult economic times.  The iconic Conterno family (of Giacomo Conterno and Aldo Conterno estates) benefitted with large Christmas orders from the likes Fiat and Pirelli that were based in Piedmont.  Another Barolo tradition was to give the remains of a Barolo bottle, that was shared during the course of a dinner or evening, to the special guest.  The idea being the left over Barolo got better with time, so the honored guest benefitted from a Barolo with slow aeration.  This Holiday season, and before the midnight toast, share a Barolo and a piece of history, and give your honored guests the remains of Italy's most respected wine, "The Wine of Kings, and King of Wines."

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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
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 1947 750ml
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 1947 750ml
Price: $2,049.00

Despite being more than 70 years old, the ’47 Barolo Monfortino Riserva feels remarkably youthful, retaining its elegant smoky minerals, tarry earth, classic rose petals, and remnants of its pure Nebbiolo fruits. Tannins are almost fully resolved, but this ’47 Monfortino has kept its vivid acidity, ethereal mouthfeel, and surprising power. Simply superb! Giacomo Conterno crafts its Barolo Monfortino exclusively in vintages of the highest caliber; between the years of 1920 and 2009, Barolo Monfortino made only 47 out of a possible 89 appearances, averaging fewer than 600 cases in each vintage. Barolo Monfortino Riserva is unquestionably a standard-bearer in Barolo, and it consistently shows the deft hand of its maker in its mind-blowing complexity, nuance, power and ineffable beauty. more info
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 1955 750ml
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 1955 750ml
Price: $2,049.00

The 1955 Barolo Monfortino Riserva embodies its vintage, which is one of the great classic years of the mid-twentieth century. Dried rose petals, subtle spice, touches of game and dusty earth, and kisses of brown sugar and soy frame the pure red fruits in this astonishingly ageless Monfortino. Graceful and silky, this Monfortino hangs in the mouth with an ethereal feel, even as it glides to a complex, surprising finish that balances power with delicacy. Giacomo Conterno crafts its Barolo Monfortino exclusively in vintages of the highest caliber; between the years of 1920 and 2009, Barolo Monfortino made only 47 out of a possible 89 appearances, averaging fewer than 600 cases in each vintage. Barolo Monfortino Riserva is unquestionably a standard-bearer in Barolo, and it consistently shows the deft hand of its maker in its mind-blowing complexity, nuance, power and ineffable beauty. more info