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Grand Cru of Gaja, Last Chance for Sassicaia, and Aldo Conterno's Best Barolo

February 27, 2013
A Note from Sergio


Ever since Angelo Gaja took over his family estate in 1962, his products have divided wine enthusiasts into two impassioned camps. There are the Gaja lovers--those collectors who believe his wines constitute the DRC of Italy; who argue that the wines age beautifully and seemingly forever; who note that Gaja alone brought Barbaresco into public consciousness; and who point out that the prices keep climbing. And then there are the members of the anti-Gaja constituency--those who consider the drink too international; who prefer Bruno Giacosa's sensual wines; who think Gaja makes excessively linear, overly polished merchandise; and who point out that the prices keep climbing.


As I see it, neither side is right or wrong; your opinion of Gaja merely reflects what you value in wine. But one thing is for sure: Angelo Gaja is one of Italy's most successful winemakers. And there's no denying the fact that with his brilliant mind for business and marketing, he'll maintain this status for years to come. So today, I'm offering his three single-vineyard Barbarescos, the very wines that define Gaja as the iconoclast and maverick he is.You'll find wines from recent years, as well as some select vintage gems. These are gorgeous wines, and serious collectors likely know them on a first-name basis.


I'm also proud to offer some excellent pricing on a great vintage of Sassicaia, one that's going quickly and to reintroduce an old favorite, Aldo Conterno Barolo Riserva Granbussia 2005, a wine that we sell out of every time it crosses our shelves. Finally, I want to ask you to watch my new video, if you've not already seen it. It says much about how I pick the wines I pick, why I pick them, and why they deserve to be on your tables. It's kind of a love letter to my work, and passion sits at the heart of it.




Today's Featured Sections Include: 


1. Spotlight on Excellence: Gaja's Grand Cru Barbaresco

2. Time Sensitive Offer: Last Chance for '09 Sassicaia Case

3. Our Experts Suggest: Two Champagnes for Celebrating Spring

4. Only at IWM: Aldo Conterno Granbussia Riserva

5. Wine Events: A Winemaker Brunch Redefining The Table with Boutique Cava and Sherry


My Best, 



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