July 7, 2016

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Great $53 Roger Coulon Champagne, Your New Go-To White, and Penfolds Grange!
July 7, 2016
A Note from Sergio

Yesterday's offer took you to Bolgheri, the birthplace of Super-Tuscan wines. Today's offer takes you around the globe. My heart and my home are in Italy, but I appreciate great wines regardless of their origin--as long as they're made with passion and care, and as long as they say something specific about their homelands. I know some people who only drink Brunello, or only drink Burgundy, or only drink wines from Piemonte, but I think this kind of narrow conscription strange and limiting. Great wine is great, and it doesn't matter if it's from California, Patagonia, or Campania.

This offer has one really good bottle of Champagne from Roger Coulon, the estate's Brut Réserve de l'Hommée. This grower Champagne shows you that you don't need to spend hundreds of dollars to find a nice Champagne that makes conversation sparkle and food taste better; this one is under $55 a bottle, and it's great. I've also managed to secure a limited allocation of the newest release of Penfolds Grange. 2011 was a rough, rainy and chilly year in southern Australia, but this wine turns those challenges into something elegant, silky, and altogether stellar. Finally, you'll find one bottle of Gavi from Ca' dei Mandorli. I can't ever leave Italy, and this wine tastes like pure Piemonte sunshine.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Celebrate in Style with Roger Coulon Champagne
2. Only At IWM:
Ca' dei Mandorli's Delicious $22 Gavi
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Elegant, Restrained 2011Penfolds Grange
4. Wine Events: Upcoming July Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito
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Roger Coulon Brut Reserve de l'Hommee 1er Cru NV 750ml
Roger Coulon Brut Reserve de l'Hommee 1er Cru NV 750ml
Price: $52.99

Bright cherries and berries, buttered brioche, baking spices, and vanilla cavort in the nose of Roger Coulon’s fine Brut Réserve de l'Hommée; the wine’s precise palate echoes these notes, adding citrus and orchard fruits, along with a penetrating minerality. Perfect, fine perlage transmits texture and a bright skein of acidity propels this elegant Champagne as it builds to a balanced, complex, and mineral-laden finish. This wine, a blend of Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay that derives from the estate’s old-vine vineyards in Vrigny and Pargny, gets its name from the traditional term for the vineyard work a person could do in a single day. Tradition dictates the creation of this wine; it ferments with only natural yeasts and ages for at least five years before disgorgement. more info