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Latour Giraud’s 2011 Triumph, Miani’s Cult Calvari and the Best ‘10 Chateauneuf-du-Pape?

July 15, 2013
A Note from Sergio


When IWM first started promoting our Burgundies in our e-Letter offers, it surprised some of our clients. After all, Italian wines are more than a part of this company’s name; they’re our first, greatest passion. And yet, when I chose to expand and carry non-Italian wines, it felt like an organic move. I had always picked the wines and the producers according to their own merits; to expand this process beyond Italy’s borders felt right. 
Today, I’m happy to feature the 2011 releases from Burgundy’s Chateau Latour Giraud. This was a strange growing year, one that gave winemakers summer in spring and spring in summer with its hot, dry May and June and wet, rainy August. Many winemakers were justifiably nervous when they saw their water-starved grapes deluged close to harvest. The issue became when to pick their grapes, and that decision very much defined the harvest--and the wines. Latour Giraud’s Jean-Pierre Latour knew when to harvest, and every one of the wines we offer today embody the beauty of that wisdom. They’re fantastic.
Like Jean-Pierre Latour, Miani’s Enzo Pontoni knows his vines from root to tip, and his wines show it. Today’s offer of eight vintages of Enzo’s mono-varietal Refosco beauty Calvari is not only rare, it’s unprecedented. Enzo makes about fifty cases of this wine a year, and it’s mind-blowing. Finally, I’m delighted to offer limited-time special pricing on Domaine Pegau 2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Reserve. Pegau’s Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the standard bearer for the wine, and this vintage is transformative.
Open any one of these wines and see what great winemaking tastes like. When wines are this good, borders dissolve and passion grows.

Today's Featured Sections Include:  


1. Spotlight on Excellence: The Exquisite, Exciting 2011 Releases of Latour Giraud

2. Time Sensitive Offer: Domaine Pegau Raises the Southern Rhone Bar

3. Our Experts Suggest: A Pair of White Burgundies to Beat the Heat

4. Only At IWM: The Biggest Offer of Cult Miani Calvari Yet

5. Wine Events:The Noble Cabernet Sauvignon: Super Tuscans Meet Bordeaux, Napa and Walla Walla

My Best, 



Sergio Esposito