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Drink This $33 Bourgogne Blanc! Antinori’s Earthy Aglianico! And Superb Vega-Sicilia Único!
March 1, 2018
A Note from Sergio

While I typically reserve this eLetter's "Spotlight" section for Italian wines, sometimes I get a wine from outside of Italy that is so compelling that I've just got to shine a bright light on it. Such is the case with today's offer of Burgundy's Domaine Henri Boillot. Henri Boillot joined his father's estate in 1975, starting the négociant of the business two decades later; by 2000, Henri had moved the headquarters to Meursault, bought out his brother and his sister, and changed the name of the domaine from his father's to his own. Henri is a fifth-generation winemaker (his son, Guillaume, is the sixth), and his roots show in every bottle of Burgundy he touches.

Like the best family-owned estates in Italy, Henri Boillot makes outstanding wines by showing a consistent commitment to tradition, to making wines that articulate terroir in a clear, individualistic and delicious voice, and to staying true to its own ideals commands respect. When you drink it, you'll see why I'm bending my own rules to give a privileged place in this offer to Henri's outstanding 2015 Bourgogne Blanc. This wine comes from Henri's négociant house, Maison Henri Boillot, but it's a finely made, beautifully layered Chardonnay that packs a punch at its $33 price point--it might be your new French house white!

This eLetter is unusually global. I've put Boillot's Burgundy in the context of an unabashedly Italian wine from Antinori's Puglian estate, Tormaresca, and a Spanish collector wine, Vega-Sicilia Único, that blends indigenous Tempranillo with international Cabernet Sauvignon. A mono-varietal Aglianico, Bocca di Lupo Castel del Monte from Tormaresca sings an aria about the history, the soil and the traditions of southern Italy. This 2012 bottling is delicious now, but you can keep it for five years and it'll be even better. Finally, you can't drink much better than Vega-Sicilia Único, and today's 2005 will drink for decades to come!


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Must-Have, Must-Drink $33 Boillot Bourgogne Blanc
2. Only At IWM: Antinori's Luscious, Earthy Aglianico
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Benchmark, Unique Vega-Sicilia Único
4. Wine Events: Upcoming February Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito
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Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Unico 2005 750ml
Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Unico 2005 750ml
Price: $399.00

Earthy, savory notes of underbrush, black truffles, tea leaves and cigar wrapper coddle the sweet, brambly fruits in this ’05 Único; it’s a wine that bewitches with its opulence and its opposites. Citrus zest and crushed river rocks energize the palate of this caressing wine, and a sweet inner perfume complements its savory underpinnings, while chewy, fine-grained tannins coat the palate. This is an approachable bottle of Único, but it will drink beautifully over the medium term. A blend of 94% Tempranillo with 6% Cabernet Sauvignon in 2005, Único is the product of very low yields and old vines--some more than 100 years. Vega-Siclia releases its Único with about ten years of maturation in the estate's cellars; the wine typically spends seven years aging in large, new and old oak casks, with three years in bottle before release. The estate crafted about 6,000 cases of its genial, welcoming ’05 Único. more info