Latour-Giraud's Brilliant 2016 Releases! The Prince's Superb Sémillon! And Flawless 2013 Pingus!

June 20, 2018
A Note from Sergio

Today, I'm delighted to step outside my home turf of Italy to feature the 2016 releases from Burgundy's Domaine Latour-Giraud. In 2016, Jean-Pierre Latour faced plenty of challenges--rain, hail, cold, heat--nature threw the book at Burgundy in general and Meursault in specific. But Jean-Pierre did what he needed to do in the vineyards to ensure the best possible harvest. When that time came, he discovered that although his yields were down, the grapes were insanely beautiful: high in phenolic compounds, and ripe but still acidic. In short, these grapes made for brilliant wines.

Jean-Pierre might have called 2016 the "growing season from hell," but today's 2016 Latour-Giraud Burgundies are fantastic. Each one of these white wines holds its own personality, its own embodiment of the high quality, low production vintage, and each one, from the 2016 Meursault Cuvée Charles Maxime all the way up to the Meursault-Genevrières Cuvée des Pierre, speaks to the skills of its maker. IWM is very excited about these wines, and once you try them, you will be too.

Along with these seven white Burgundies, I'm delighted to present Fiorano 1989 No. 48 Sémillon, a singular wine from the original Lazio estate that was the passion project of Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi, the Prince of Venosa. Ludovisi made wines as an act of love, and today the land is in part farmed by Alessia Antinori. The Sémillon in today's eLetter is a rare, long-aging gem that is Italian winemaking history--and a complex, mind-bending wine that fans of aged whites will love.

Finally, I scored some of Dominio de Pingus' latest release, the estate's exquisite 2013 Ribera del Duero Pingus--enjoy!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence: Seven Dazzling 2016 Releases from Latour-Giraud!
2. Only At IWM: Fiorano's Rare, Gorgeous 1989 Sémillon
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Dominio de Pingus' Intense, Velvety 2013 Ribera del Duero Pingus
4. Wine Events: Upcoming June Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito

Although Domaine Latour-Giraud has been an estate for many generations, and although its Burgundies garner accolades from both critics and connoisseurs, it's an estate that has flown very much under the radar. Jean-Pierre Latour, owner of Latour-Giraud since the '90s, makes his wines with a fervent, meticulous eye to detail. Since assuming control of the estate, he has revamped the protocol both in the vineyard and in the cellar, changes that have amounted to a delicious revolution. The result is wines that get better every year--powerful white Burgundies with brilliant mouth-watering acidity held upon a glorious core of minerality.

Today, we're delighted to present seven of Latour-Giraud's new 2016 releases, and they are stunning! 2016 was a year that was marked by hailstorms, frost, and lowered yields--in fact, Jean-Pierre called it the "growing season from hell," and said that the vintage's myriad challenges required devoted work in the vineyards. Jean-Pierre's hard work paid off, and he and his team produced concentrated white Burgundies that complement their intensity with freshness. These '16 Latour-Giraud wines will do more than impress; they will astound, suffusing the palate with sappy fruits, yet maintaining freshness with almost electric acidity.

Today's offer includes the estate's weighty yet animated Meursault Cuvée Charles Maxime, the mineral-laden and polished Meursault-Genevrières, the big and textured Meursault-Les Narvaux, the intense and surprising Puligny-Montrachet Champs Canet, the dynamic and sophisticated Meursault -errières, the broad-shouldered and powerful Meursault-Charmes, and the layered and expressive Meursault-Genevrières Cuvée des Pierre. Burgheads will be gratified to know that Latour Giraud gives Coche Dury and Comte Lafon a run for their money, and it does so at a fraction of the price--these are painstakingly made "insider's" wines that will be enjoyable for years to come.

No matter which of these Latour-Giraud wines you choose, you're securing an extraordinary bottle of white Burgundy. As you might expect from the kind of winemaking practices Jean-Pierre Latour employs, these wines are always produced in tiny quantities, and in 2016, IWM's allocations are yet more limited than usual. We urge you to contact your portfolio manager to secure your superb 2016 Latour-Giraud releases soon--they're sure to fly out of IWM's temperature-controlled cellars even before they arrive.

Vintage Size Base Price Case Price/btl
2016 0.75 $74.99 $68.99
2016 0.75 $124.99 $114.99
2016 0.75 $89.99 $82.79
2016 0.75 $134.99 $124.19
2016 0.75 $134.99 $124.19
2016 0.75 $119.99 $110.39
2016 0.75 $154.99 $142.59

*Pre-Arrival, July

Located in Lazio, Fiorano was a fabled estate and to have sampled Fiorano's wines puts you in the elite few, for these nearly impossible-to-get bottles are the product of a dedicated and passionate maker whose avant-garde, organic approach was way ahead of its time--and who ripped up his vines shortly before his death. In 2004, the fabled wines of Fiorano came to IWM when Italy's iconic wine critic, the late Luigi Veronelli, kept his promise to the late, great Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi, the Prince of Venosa, to place these complex wines in the rightful hands of passionate wine enthusiasts and collectors. When these wines arrived at IWM, they caused a sensation in the wine world. The Fiorano vineyards are now in the hands of Alessia Antinori, whose team is painstakingly restoring them. Today, we're delighted to present the BEST PRICE in the country on Fiorano's superb 1989 No. 48 Sémillon.

Why Buy This Wine:

- The product of dedication and passion from Principe Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi and his Fiorano estate, whose avant-garde approach of organic agriculture and the use of a magical mold was way ahead of its time, this wine shows a rare ability to age.

- Mysterious and beguiling, the nose of this '89 Sémillon wafts with honeyed citrus, stone fruits, pressed white and yellow wildflowers, crushed herbs and butterscotch.

- This is a mesmerizing wine that complements its fragrant nose with savory, toffee-like minerality, while its silky mouth-feel lingers on the palate in an incredibly persistent, satisfying finish.

- This Fiorano Sémillon combines the characteristics and layers of a mature white Burgundy, the dried tropical fruit of a Sauternes, the texture and body of an Alsatian white, and the oxidative minerality of an aged Sherry, all together in one bottle.

- This Fiorano wine represents one of the great stories in wine, making each and every sip more intriguing; for more on Prince Boncompagni Ludovisi and the Fiorano wine story, please click here.

- Only IWM can offer you this magical, rare and perfectly stored Fiorano Sémillon with impeccable provenance; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours at the BEST PRICE in the country.

Fiorano 1989 No. 48 Sémillon
(Italy, Lazio - Sémillon)
$165.00 Regular Price/btl
$135.00 3-Pack Price/btl

Dominio de Pingus may be the defining cult winemaker of Spain. Though he established Dominio de Pingus only in 1995, owner-winemaker Peter Sisseck has taken wine critics, wine collectors and the wine industry by storm, garnering wild praise and serious accolades. Located in Quintanilla de Onésimo in Valladolid province with vineyards in the La Horra area of the Ribera del Duero region, Dominio de Pingus is about ten acres of mostly very old-vine Tinto Fino, or Tempranillo, that's tended biodynamically, fermented with natural yeasts in steel, and aged in new oak. Sisseck uses extreme pruning, especially for the flagship Pingus, generally limiting the plant to one or two buds per stump. In addition to Pingus, the estate crafts Flor de Pingus, Amelia, and PSI, a joint project with local Tempranillo farmers. Today, IWM is proud to present time-sensitive, special pricing on the luscious yet pulsating 2013 Ribera del Duero Pingus. It's a standout vintage of a collector great.

Why Buy This Wine:

- Arguably the most collectable wine in Spain, Dominio de Pingus' flagship Ribera del Duero Pingus always causes excitement upon release, and the 2013 vintage illustrates why.

- Lush yet muscular, deeply aromatic yet detailed, and intense yet supple, the '13 Pingus is a worthy follow up to the landmark 2012 bottling.

- Exotic spices, smoky minerals, crushed violet petals, and fruit pastilles frame the succulent red and blue fruits in this seductive, complex wine.

- As dense and complex as it is, this Pingus vintage fills the mouth with a Burgundian airiness, while grippy tannins cling to the cheeks and a sturdy mineral core drives the wine to a lingering, resonant finish.

- Deriving from Tempranillo vines planted as long ago as 1929, these vines have been biodynamic since 2001, and their grape yield is severely limited; the wine ferments in stainless steel with natural yeasts, and it ages in entirely new oak for 20 to 23 months before bottling.

- Dominio de Pingus crafted just 550 cases of its extraordinary Pingus in 2013; contact your portfolio manager to secure yours at very competitive pricing.

Dominio de Pingus 2013 Ribera del Duero Pingus
(Spain, Ribera del Duero - Tempranillo)
$879.99 Regular Price/btl
$859.99 3-Pack Price/btl

This offer will expire in 48 hours on June 22nd at 11:59pm EST.

Saturday, June 23 | 1:00-3:00 pm | New York, NY
A Walk-Around Tasting

Regular Ticket Price: $99.00/person
Early Bird Price: $49.00/person

Host: IWM Team

The best way to know wine is to drink it--a lot of it! But you need to drink it within the context of other wines, to enjoy it in the company of knowledgeable people, and to experience it in a relaxed, vibrant environment. IWM invites you to our Mini-Grand tasting that will broaden your palate with specially chosen wines from Italy, France and more! This mini grand tasting of global wines features wines from our best-loved countries, our favorite producers, and our most important regions. It's a rare opportunity to experience a wide array of wines in one location, surrounded by like-minded wine-lovers. Let IWM's team of sommeliers fill your glass with wine and your mind with knowledge as you walk around sampling wines from some of the finest producers on the face of the planet. Complemented by an assortment of antipasti and pastas prepared by our in-house culinary team, and sweetened by preferential pricing on the featured wines, this tasting is a treat. Come to IWM's Mini-Grand Tasting and travel the world of wine, without ever leaving glamorous New York City.

*Wines to be announced.

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