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November 14, 2019
A Note from Sergio

I remember how I decided that IWM should get serious about selling Burgundy. On one level, I felt this move might be brash for a company with "Italian Wine" in its name. On another, I knew that the line between Italian and French (or Italian and Spanish, or Italian and Slovenian, or even Italian and North or South American) has always been more than a little imaginary. I'd stocked IWM's shelves with Champagne from the first day we opened our doors. Even more telling, the world's winemakers have been borrowing protocol and stealing vine cuttings from one another for centuries. Thus about a decade ago, I decided that if it's authentic, delicious and real, it's a wine that belongs at IWM--no matter where that wine calls home!

Today's offer features Maison Nicolas Potel's layered, luscious 2008 Chambertin Grand Cru--it's a stellar effort from its maker and its challenging vintage. The son of the late, great Gérard Potel, Nicolas comes from a winemaking dynasty, and his current estate, Domaine de Bellène, is a Burghead favorite. Today's wine comes from Nicolas' first winemaking venture, a négociant house that's still in business, and it dates from the time just before Nicolas sold the house to start Bellène. This strange "interregnum" of estate ownership combined with the "sleeper" 2008 vintage make this Chambertin an affordable gem--don't miss your chance to experience the Potel magic!

Finally, I managed to score a few more bottles of Dugat-Py's breathtaking 2013 Mazis-Chambertin. If you're serious about your Burgundy, you do not want to miss this wine.

Enjoy!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence: Creamy, Lush, and Vivid Nicolas Potel 2008 Chambertin
2. Time Sensitive Offer: Muscular, Velvety Dugat-Py 2013 Mazis-Chambertin
3. Wine Events: Upcoming November / December Wine Tasting Events

My Best,
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Sergio Esposito
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Nicolas Potel Chambertin Grand Cru 2008 750ml
Nicolas Potel Chambertin Grand Cru 2008 750ml
Price: $229.99

Creamy, lush, and vivid, the ’08 Chambertin explodes from the glass in a profusion of ripe red berries, juicy cherries, and some brambly blue fruits; mentholated herbs, fresh loam, crushed river rocks, violet petals and spice provide an enchanting backdrop. Following on its seductive aromatics, this wine powers across the palate, studding the cheeks with elegant tannins and finding its energy in electric acidity; lovely minerality and a sweet inner lift find a seamless union on this wine’s satisfying finish. Deriving from various organically tended plots in Chambertin, grapes ferment with temperature control for about 30 days, and the wine ages in barrique, one-third new. more info
Dugat-Py Mazis Chambertin Grand Cru 2013 750ml
Dugat-Py Mazis Chambertin Grand Cru 2013 750ml
Price: $891.10

Muscular and velvety, Dugat-Py’s ’13 Mazis-Chambertin is a triumph, pouncing on the attack, slinking across the palate, and sneakily building to a lingering, complex finish. Brambly berries and crisp red fruits meld seamlessly with sun-warmed earth, cool river rocks, black licorice and dried rose petals in this densely coiled yet seductive wine. Tannins are chewy, acidity is bright, minerals are elegant, and the wine’s balance is astonishing. Cellar for a few years before true approachability, then drink for decades. Deriving from the domaine’s tiny Mazis-Chambertin parcel of 70-year-old vines grown in clay and limestone soils, the grapes ferment with whole clusters, and the wine ages in barrique. more info