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Classy André Clouet Champagne! Seghesio Cru Barolo Duo! And Antinori's Amazing Aglianico!
July 26, 2018
A Note from Sergio

I love Champagne. You can never go wrong with a good bottle of Champagne. Champagne makes food taste delicious, conversation sparkle, and your night enchanting, but more than that, opening a serious bottle of Champagne is like conjuring magic. The one wine that means the same thing to everyone, Champagne sets a beautiful mood that everyone in your party will get.

Today, I'm delighted to shine a spotlight on one singular bottle, André Clouet Cuvée 1911. This Champagne house is different, and this wine is unusual. André Clouet blends a special selection of vintages together to make a wine that brings out the best. It's definitely a wine whose whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and the most recent release is spectacular. Most serious Champagne lovers go for vintage bottles, but this cuvée is one that should be in their cellars and on their lips. It's rich, textured, and complex, and it cries out for seafood, duck or roasted chicken.

Along with this wine that makes celebrations out of meals, I'm very happy to offer a pair of Renzo Seghesio Barolo Ginestra vintages, the 2011 and the 2012. A boutique Barolo house, Renzo Seghesio used to grow grapes for Domenico Clerico, but now the estate bottles its own Barolo--today's duo is lush and powerful. Finally, I managed to score a few bottles of Tormaresca 2012 Bocca di Lupo Castel del Monte, which comes from Antiori's beautiful estate in Puglia. This is full-throttle Aglianico that's pure velvety elegance!


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence: IWM Signature Champagne, André Clouet Cuvée 1911
2. Only At IWM: Lush, Power-Packed Seghesio Barolo Ginestra Pair
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Antinori's Approachable, Age-Worthy Aglianico
4. Wine Events: Upcoming July / August Wine Tasting Events

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