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.Today's Featured Sections Include:
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!
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