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.Today's Featured Sections Include:
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!
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