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Flash Sale on 2012 Red Burgundy! And Beautiful “Baby Barolo” and “Baby Brunello” Wines!
May 8, 2017
A Note from Sergio

I remember the winter of 2012 in Italy. Rome got hit by snow--the first to fall in almost thirty years. Toscana was layered thick with snow, some places like Montalcino see it hip-deep; other areas like Chianti have it knee-deep. It was pretty to see those butter-cream colored medieval villages blanketed in white, their cobblestone streets looking like so many bricks of vanilla ice cream laid side by side, the cypresses laden with snow like a reverse dipped soft-serve ice cream cones, and the vines poking their knobby heads up above the white carpet like so many inquisitive gophers. 2012's winter was and cold, and I watched it unfurl like a white carpet as I drove from my home near Genova up to Piemonte, down to Toscana, and all over Italy.

I bring up this memory because from time to time we all need reminders that winemakers are also farmers. They deal with the exigencies of weather every day. We may not enjoy the labor of winemakers' farm labor for years (or even decades) but what we're drinking is a reflection of their work in the vineyards and their work in the cellars. Today, I'm very proud to bring you a fine, bursting roster of almost 90 red Burgundies from 2012--all in stock and all at very special pricing. Like much of Italy, most of France's winemakers saw a very cold, very snowy winter and a frosty spring. But while Italy's vinegrowers got a break in summer, Burgundy's vignerons did not. Only terrific skill and great good luck nearing harvest gave Burgundy's producers--and its many fans--a surprisingly good bunch of wines.

I founded IWM with the principle of bringing the best wines to my clients, and this is true regardless of where the producer is. This list of 2012 red Burgundies holds some stellar wines from iconic makers, and if you're a value hunter, you can find some great, great bottles here. But there's also another great value wine from the interesting 2012 vintage--Renzo Seghesio's Ruri Langhe Nebbiolo. People, including IWM's portfolio managers, like to call this wine a "baby Barolo" because it's a Nebbiolo that's affordable and easy to drink yet it's evocative of Barolo; you get Barolo's tar and its roses, but without Barolo's weight or its wait. I don't know that you need to call this wine anything other than what it is: delicious.

Finally, get a sneak peek at the outrageous 2015 Brunello vintage with Canalicchio di Sopra's '15 Rosso di Montalcino--it's stellar!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
IWM's 2012 Red Burgundy Flash Sale!
2. Only At IWM:
Seghesio's Affordable, Delicious "Baby Barolo"
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Sneak Peek at 2015 Brunello with Canalicchio di Sopra
4. Wine Events: Upcoming May Wine Tasting Events

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Sergio Esposito
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Joseph Voillot Volnay 1er Cru Les Champans 2012 750ml
Joseph Voillot Volnay 1er Cru Les Champans 2012 750ml
Price: $134.99

Lush red and blue fruits are layered with potpourri, gunpowder tea, wet river rocks, sun-warmed earth, and autumn leaves in this aromatically captivating ’12 Volnay. Vibrant yet opulent, this wine swaddles the palate with plenty of chewy tannins, coats the cheeks with copious dry extract, and finishes with a seamless harmony. Deriving from an old-vine four-acre plot lower on the Volnay slope, Joseph Voillot's Les Champans privileges fruit, power, and a decided sensuality. Silky in texture, bursting with red and black fruit, oozing class and sophistication, this '12 Les Champans presents a very visceral Volnay profile. more info
Louis Jadot Chapelle Chambertin Grand Cru 2012 750ml
Louis Jadot Chapelle Chambertin Grand Cru 2012 750ml
Price: $299.00

Majestic, opulent yet still delicate and sophisticated, the ’12 Chapelle-Chambertin from Louis Jadot is a towering achievement. Ripe, rich cherries and berries waft with pencil lead, fruit cordial, saline minerals, underbrush, and spice in this broad-shouldered, energetic bottling. At once sappy and vibrant, this bottling shows tremendous structure, caressing tannins, and an extraordinarily long finish. Deriving from the estate’s east-facing Chapelle-Chambertin plot of very old vines situated between Latricières Chambertin Grand Cru and Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru, the grapes for this wine ferment in vat for about a month and the wine ages for 18 to 20 months in oak barrels before bottling. This ’12 Chappelle-Chambertin is a gorgeous bottling that needs some time in the cellar for true enjoyment, but it will reward patient Burgheads with a sublime drinking experience. more info
Lignier Michelot Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2012 750ml
Lignier Michelot Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2012 750ml
Price: $369.00

Sumptuous fruit wraps around an earthy, mineral core in this exquisite Clos de la Roche bottling; although its enticing aromatics will entreat you to drink it early, you’ll want to wait because this wine’s structure needs a few years in the cellar to allow true approachability. Deriving from the estate’s .66-acre parcel of vines planted between 1968 and 1993, the Clos de la Roche grapes ferment in temperature-controlled tanks, and the wine ages in barrel, half to fully new, for about sixteen months before bottling, unfiltered. About 90 cases made yearly. more info
Domaine Lamarche Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru 2012 750ml
Domaine Lamarche Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru 2012 750ml
Price: $379.00

The 2012 Echézeaux takes a look back to the 2009s, which is akin to the recent 2012 vintage. There were many differences between these years—for example, 2009 was a bumper crop and 2012 saw a production dip of 50 percent—but the result of both vintages is voluptuous, rich, dense and seductive wines that stain the palate. Because of these qualities, the wine might not cellar as long, but it is all relative because it will still be a joy for thirty years. This wine derives from the estate’s east-facing three-quarter-acre clay and limestone parcel of thirty-year-old vines. After handpicking and de-stemming 80-100% of the grapes, Lamarche ferments them in temperature-controlled open oak vats for about two weeks; the wine matures in oak casks (60-100% new, depending on vintage) for 16-20 months, and it’s bottled without fining or filtration. About 100 cases made. more info
Lignier Michelot Clos St Denis Grand Cru 2012 750ml
Lignier Michelot Clos St Denis Grand Cru 2012 750ml
Price: $389.00

Elegant and racy, the ’12 Clos St Denis leaps out of the glass with a perfumed profusion of berries and cherries, black tea, sun-warmed wildflowers, crushed river rocks, and generous spices. This nicely tannic wine feels dense yet animated as it powers to a complex, sustained finish that revels in this wine’s balance and harmony. Lignier-Michelot replanted its Clos St Denis site in 2003; mostly whole clusters of grapes ferment in temperature-controlled tanks, and the wine ages in barrel, half to fully new, for about sixteen months before bottling, unfiltered. About 24 cases made yearly. more info
Domaine Ponsot Morey-St-Denis 1er Cuvee Alouettes 2012 1.5L
Domaine Ponsot Morey-St-Denis 1er Cuvee Alouettes 2012 1.5L
Price: $540.00

Impressive, pure fruit and beautiful structure marry with impeccable balance in this compelling, stellar Ponsot ’12 Cuvée Alouettes. Offering layers of minerality that are laced with fruit and earth, the precise and intense ’12 bottling uncurls to a finish that seems to go on forever. This wine derives from the estate’s almost 2.5-acre Alouettes parcel; the organically tended grapes typically ferment with stems in open oak vats for 10 to 20 days; the wine ages in used oak barrels for about two years before bottling. It’s one of the best values for quality of such caliber from Ponsot and a must-have for real Burgundy connoisseurs. more info
Domaine Lamarche La Grande Rue Grand Cru 2012 1.5L
Domaine Lamarche La Grande Rue Grand Cru 2012 1.5L
Price: $939.99

Kinetic, delicate and aromatic, the ’12 La Grande Rue bursts with ripe red fruits, fresh-cut wild herbs, smoky minerals, potpourri, and crushed granite--it’s a deeply seductive nose that’s captivating and promising. Beautifully delineated, this intense wine unspools in myriad layers, wrapping its sweet fruits around a core of silky tannins, as it builds to an intense, mouth-coating, velvety finish. While enjoyable now, the ’12 La Grande Rue Grand Cru will drink for years and years to come. La Grande Rue is the estate’s east-facing four-acre monopole bordering Romanée-Conti, La Romanée, Romanée-Saint-Vincent and La Tache; this site sports vines that average 30 years of age. The grapes are mostly destemmed before fermentation in open vats; the wine ages for 16 to 20 months in oak before bottling without fining or filtration. more info
Georges Roumier Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 2012 750ml
Georges Roumier Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 2012 750ml
Price: $1,699.00

Rich, engrossing, and bewitching, the ’12 Bonnes-Mares form George Roumier is a collector gem. Juicy, pure red and black fruits rest on a bed of peonies, peppercorns, licorice, baking spices and earth in this broad-shouldered, seductive wine. A kaleidoscopic palate reveals new notes at every turn, and structured as this wine is, it will drink for decades to come. Bonnes-Mares is famous for having two different soil types--terres rouges, which imparts concentration and power, and terres blanches, which adds elegance and grace; this wine derives from Roumier’s four Bonnes Mares parcels, three terres blanches and one terres rouges, that total 3.5 acres. The estate vinifies the parcels separately, fermenting with natural yeasts and aging in oak, one-third new, for sixteen months. Just over 400 cases made. more info