December 8, 2014
A Note from Sergio
The Biodynamic Association, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, defines biodynamics as "a spiritual-ethical-ecological approach to agriculture, food production and nutrition." This definition seems kind of amorphous, and it leaves a lot open to individual approach, particularly in winemaking. Some winemakers look to the moon and stars for when to plant, fertilize, harvest, and bottle; many biodynamic growers stuff bull horns with flowers, herbs, manure and rocks, which are then planted in the vineyard; still others make teas or concoctions to spritz or pour on their vines; and others carefully maintain the wildness of the ground-cover between and around their vines. It's strange, but I am all for it, most likely because some of IWM's favorite producers use biodynamic methods: Movia, Bodega Chacra and Nicolas Joly, for example.
If there are superstars of biodynamic wines, Nicolas July is one of them. One of the earliest adopters of this more organic than organic style of viticulture, Joly made the conversion in the early '80s at his Loire Valley estate, after he saw the ravages that traditional agriculture left on his soil. Within a short period, he saw his soil, his vines, and his wines improve, and he never looked back. In fact, his wines and his work have made converts--cult followers, really, and Joly's hard-to-define wines have made his little-known Savennières region something of a wine-lover's destination.
Today, I'm proud to present six of Nicolas Joly's intense, kaleidoscopic, paradoxical wines. These are insider's wines, wines for people who appreciate bottles that nearly scream their origin, whites for people who need their white wines to be clear, shiny and "perfect." They're white wines that, like those of Josko Gravner, need to be understood and enjoyed on their own terms, whites that drink like reds, and whites that show best with 24-48 hours of decanting. They're hard to find, and they're gorgeous.
Along with these natural beauties, I'm very happy to present three vintages of large format Le Pergole Torte, both vintage and recent releases, and two of Alfred Gratien's beautiful Champagnes. It is the holiday season, after all, and it's time to make merry. Who doesn't need lots of Champagne on hand?
Today's Featured Sections Include:
1. Spotlight on Excellence: Special Pricing on Nicolas Joly, Biodynamic Superstar
2. Time Sensitive Offer: Celebrate All Year Long With Alfred Gratien
3. Holiday Gift Guide: Celebrate the Holiday Season with the IWM Gift Guide!
4. Our Experts Suggest: Two Must-Have Italian Wines for Serious Aficionados
5. Only At IWM: Three Collectable Vintages of Large Format Le Pergole Tort
6. Wine Events: Amarone to Valpolicella: Stars of Italy's North