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May 16, 2019
A Note from Sergio

When we praise people who are able to hold a conversation on many topics, play a lot of sports well, and fix their broken house, car, or white sauce, we call them "well-rounded." In this human context, being well-rounded means that the person holds a range of skills and a span of knowledge. But what does it mean when we talk about having a well-rounded wine cellar? Does it mean owning one bottle of everything? Does it mean owning wines from a wide variety of countries, regions and vintages? Or does it mean something else?

To me, the well-rounded wine cellar is one that includes producers whose winemaking traditions and philosophies are different--sometimes strikingly so. There may be wines made by resolute traditionalists like Giacomo Conterno and by globe-trotting semi-modernists like Angelo Gaja, or Paolo Scavino. A well-rounded cellar would also include wines from cult producers like Tua Rita and Castello dei Rampolla as well as lesser-known names like Miani and Valentini. A well-rounded cellar would have wines to pop and pour on a Tuesday night, bottles like Graci's Etna Rosso, and it would have wines you open when you want to impress your guest, like a vintage Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello Riserva. And, yes, a well-rounded wine cellar would have French wines and Spanish wines, because not even I limit myself to Italian producers.

In short, a well-rounded cellar anticipates your desires and your needs; it reflects your tastes, but it also expands them. A well-rounded cellar shows that you have vision, guts, and intuition. Your cellar can be as few as six bottles or as many as 3,000, but whatever size it is, your cellar is like a snapshot of your life, a glimpse into your soul. Today's offer of more than 140 wines give you a chance to expand your cellar, whatever its size. My advice: build something that's as distinctive, bold, and beautiful as you are!

Enjoy!

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1. Time Sensitive Offer: Fill Your Cellar With Great Wines at 15% Off
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Palmaz Chardonnay 2008 750ml
Palmaz Chardonnay 2008 750ml
Price: $49.00

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Domaine Gallois Gevrey Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 2015 750ml
Domaine Gallois Gevrey Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 2015 750ml
Price: $76.99

Juicy red and blue fruits, sun-warmed earth, baking spices, blue wildflowers, and underbrush burst from the glass in this beautifully structured, approachable ’15 Gevrey-Chambertin. Crafted from 14 parcels located primarily south of the village of Gevrey, this wine derives from vines averaging nearly 45 years, with some as old as 80, fermented with some whole clusters. Drinking incredibly well for a village-level wine, this ’15 Gevrey-Chambertin is caressing and balanced, and it offers a long, lingering finish. It’s in a great place now to enjoy while you wait for your premier and grand crus to age; fewer than 800 cases made. more info
[PRIMA] Terra (Walter De Batte) Cerico 2007 750ml
[PRIMA] Terra (Walter De Batte) Cerico 2007 750ml
Price: $79.99

Whatever you expect from a Liguria Rosso, we can assure you that Walter de Batte’s Cerico, a blend of Grenache that’s kissed with Syrah, will defy it—deliciously. This is no light-hearted seaside quaffer; this is a serious wine whose sauvage flavor profile of juicy cherries, ripe berries, underbrush and meat will bring to mind a fine Hermitage. Not only does the estate craft only about 130 cases a year of this wine, but also very little of this game-changing Rosso makes it out of Italy. They are wines for true connoisseurs of Italian winemaking expertise. more info
Nicolas Rossignol Volnay 1er Cru Ronceret 2011 750ml
Nicolas Rossignol Volnay 1er Cru Ronceret 2011 750ml
Price: $92.99

Profoundly dense and rich, this ’11 Volnay is approachable and filled with sweet, ripe fruit, blending energy with a brooding profile, firm structure with elegance, and fine tannins with sauvage notes. This massive wine will certainly get better with time, but the its black and blue fruits, nuances of anise, violets, and wildflowers make this incredibly tempting to open now. A three-acre parcel of 25-year-old vines in very poor, very stony soil, Ronceret sits just under Champans; it’s the bottling its maker calls “My baby.” With its brambly fruits, exotic spices, rich earth, firm minerality and complex texture, his ’11 Ronceret is a palate-staining Burgundy that’s pure physical pleasure to drink, from its aromatic nose to its pyrotechnic finish. Just 100 cases made. more info
Francois Gay Corton Renardes Grand Cru 2016 750ml
Francois Gay Corton Renardes Grand Cru 2016 750ml
Price: $139.99

Elegant yet feral, François Gay’s muscular Corton-Renardes Grand Cru is consistently a stunning wine. Animale elements mingle with primary red and blue fruits, along with secondary notes of worn saddle leather, crushed wildflower petals, baking spices, and pencil lead. A reliable favorite of Burgheads in the know, this Corton-Renardes abounds with chewy tannins and bright acidity that are matched by intense dry extract, so this wine always needs some time in the cellar before true enjoyment. François Gay’s "tête de cuvée," this Corton-Renardes derives from a tiny limestone and clay vineyard just above Corton-Bressandes, and it is a consistent hit with IWM’s Burgundy-loving clients. The ’16 Corton-Renardes delivers on the wine’s reputation, and the 2016 bottling is especially dense and elegant. more info
Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 2004
Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 2004 750ml
Price: $159.00

It’s not only one of Piemonte’s most important single vineyards, it’s one of 2004’s standout performances and the most significant bottling in the Scavino portfolio. A subplot of the Fiasco cru, Bric del Fiasc characteristically carries the most formidable structure of Scavino’s Barolos, an austere sensibility coupled with imposing power. This state of profound tension is ameliorated only through an extended period of cellaring, which typically transpires over 20 years. In a rather unusual move, the ’04 privileges elegance over strength, creating a graceful, poised Bric del Fiasc. It achieves its power through subtle, compelling suggestion—a demeanor that becomes the vintage. more info
Pousse d'Or Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Charmes 2013 750ml
Pousse d'Or Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Charmes 2013 750ml
Price: $225.00

Intense, vivacious and welcoming, the nose of this ’13 Chambolle-Musigny Charmes bursts from the glass with a profusion of red and blue fruit, potpourri, musky earth, minerals and wildflowers. This wine is remarkably sensual, given the vintage and its youth, and its graceful tannins and exquisite balance pull you back to the glass. Just under a half acre, Pousse d’Or’s Charmes plot is small but mighty. This southeast-facing parcel sports limestone rock with thin topsoil, forcing the roots of the thirty-year-old vines to dig deep for nourishment. After destemming, the biodynamically grown grapes ferment with natural yeast in temperature-controlled tanks; the wine ages in barrel (one-third new) for fifteen months before bottling without fining or filtration. more info
Domaine Alain Burguet Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru 2010 750ml
Domaine Alain Burguet Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru 2010 750ml
Price: $399.00

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Dugat-Py Mazis Chambertin Grand Cru 2010 750ml
Dugat-Py Mazis Chambertin Grand Cru 2010 750ml
Price: $899.00

Classic, expressive, and stunning, the ’10 Mazis Chambertin is a master class in winemaking. Awash in spice and earth, this ’10 Mazis Chambertin bursts with red and blue berries, sauvage notes, smoky minerals, and tantalizing underbrush in a broad-shouldered and muscular profile. This wine swaddles the palate with velvety tannins as it builds to a lingering, lasting finish--this wine rewards Burgundy connoisseurs with near perfection. Deriving from the domaine’s tiny Mazis Chambertin parcel of 70-year-old vines grown in clay and limestone soils, the grapes fermented with whole clusters, and the wine aged in barrique; in 2010, Dugat-Py made fewer than 80 cases of this intense, sinuous Burgundy. more info
Petrus Pomerol 1934 750ml
Petrus Pomerol 1934 750ml
Price: $10,000.00

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