Although Italian wine is our passion, IWM has been selling Burgundy for more than five years. I almost always put Italian wines and Italian producers in the Spotlight section of this eLetter, the segment devoted to the day's most exciting and most in-demand wines, because my heart and my life will always put Italy and Italian winemakers first. Therefore, when I choose to spotlight wines from outside of Italy, you know they're special. Today, I'm very pleased to bring you ten stellar new 2014 releases from Château de la Maltroye, and even those of you who are not Burgheads will want to take notice.
Château de la Maltroye is exactly the kind of family-owned-and-operated estate that I love to champion. In Jean-Pierre Cornut, Maltroye has a winemaker so dedicated that even selecting the staves of his barrels is part of a day's work; he makes meticulously crafted wines that sing with terrior, and every vintage tells us something different about Maltroye's lands. 2014 was a tricky vintage in Burgundy, throwing a lot of wet, cool weather and even hail at winemakers. It was a growing year that separated the excellent winemakers from those who are less skilled, and Cornut's team rose to the challenge. These 2014 wines, both red and white, drink with effortless beauty. Best of all, Cornut keeps the pricing reasonable, and these wines won't break the bank.
I've selected a couple of atypical wines to bracket these new 2014 Maltroye releases: Cupano's excellent organic Rosso di Montalcino from the benchmark 2010 vintage, and Louis Jadot's Corton-Charlemagne from 2012. The former is an IWM favorite producer, and the second a winemaker that's known even people who don't love wine. Both of these bottles are spectacular.