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November 19, 2018
A Note from Sergio

In Italy, luxury is less something that you can hold in your hands and more a way of life. It's not necessarily the Prada wallet, the Gucci boots or the Versace dress. It's the standard two-hour lunch that allows you to enjoy both the food you're eating and the company you're sharing. It's the care you take to dress appropriately for the event--and to do so without sacrificing comfort. It's making the time to show your son why you love football and to listen to your daughter explain how yellow and blue combine to make green. It's taking a spur-of-the-moment midnight walk because it's warm out and the air smells like everything is suddenly awake after winter's long night. It's taking pleasure in feeling good, looking good, and eating well. Luxury in Italy isn't about a brand; it's about la dolce vita, the sweet life, and it's accessible to almost everyone.

It's difficult to import the everyday practice of Italian luxury to the States, but if there is an object that embodies the practice, it's a big bottle of a gorgeous wine. Magnum bottles are not wines for a couple to share; these are expansive wines whose size, weight, and largeness convey largesse in experience, a magnanimity of spirit, and a generosity of impulse. No one buys a magnum just to share over dinner. A magnum is more than a bottle--it's a gathering, and it's perfect to show your guests that you care about them, that you want them to enjoy themselves, and that you are opening your heart, your home, and your life to them.

Today's eLetter features more than 90 big, beautiful bottles of wine, and every one of them is luxury embodied. Some are Italian; some are French; a few are from California or Spain; and all of them are gorgeous. I urge you to contact your Portfolio Manager to buy a few--some to cellar, a couple to give, and a handful to enjoy with your friends and family on Thanksgiving Day. Enjoying a beautiful wine with really good food and people you love a lot is the best way to enjoy Italian luxury here at home.

Enjoy!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Time Sensitive Offer: Magnificent Magnums, Delicious Luxury, and Affordable Pricing!
2. Wine Events: Upcoming November / December Wine Tasting Events

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Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve NV 1.5L
Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve NV 1.5L
Price: $129.00

Sunny stone fruits, sappy orchard fruits, and vibrant lemon zest dance against a backdrop of smoky minerals, crushed flower petals, buttered brioche, almond paste and exotic spices in this caressing, energetic Champagne Brut Réserve. Fine, elegant perlage tickles the cheeks as this wine gathers power, moving from succulent richness to chalky energy. This balanced Champagne marries its open-knit generosity with almost kinetic energy, offering a drinking experience that’s food-friendly and expansive. A blend of mostly Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with 20% Pinot Meunier, this Champagne derives from 60 different crus with a focus on Oger (for opulence), Ambonnay (for structure), and Verneuil, for texture. Individual crus ferment in stainless steel, and the wines are racked to separate the lees and to undergo malolactic fermentation; each non-vintage cuvée contains at least 40% reserve wine that averages ten years of age, and after assembling the blend, the Champagne ages for about five years in the estate’s 2,000-year-old chalk cellars before disgorgement. more info
La Castellada Chardonnay Collio 2000
La Castellada Chardonnay Collio 2000 1.5L
Price: $129.77

Friuli's answer to a White Burgundy, a firmly-textured Chardonnay revealing a hint of minerality and a forward-leaning helping of ripe fruit on the palate. more info
Domaine Alain Burguet Gevrey Mes Favorites VV 2013 1.5L
Domaine Alain Burguet Gevrey Mes Favorites VV 2013 1.5L
Price: $214.99

A very silky texture conveys rich, dark fruits and subtle hints of earth and spice in this gorgeous 2013 Gevrey-Chambertin. As the name suggests, this wine is a blend of vigneron Alain Burguet’s very favorite plots of Pinot Noir. Produced from vines between 80 and 100 years of age, this cuvée Gevrey-Chambertin shows evident concentration, complexity and intensity. Made from organically grown grapes in a non-interventionist method, the wine is incredibly balanced and exudes a cool elegance and purity on both the nose and the palate. more info
Castello del Terriccio Lupicaia 2009 1.5L
Castello del Terriccio Lupicaia 2009 1.5L
Price: $459.00

The ’09 Lupicaia is a seductive wine that looks, smells, tastes and feels beautiful. The wine wafts with succulent red and blue fruits, fresh-cut herbs, espresso beans, warm chocolate, and leather, all laid on a bed of pressed flowers and loam. Filling the mouth with polished, fine-grained tannins, copious dry extract, and a sweet inner perfume, this silky Lupicaia vintage wants you to enjoy it right now, but as satisfying it is, it’ll be even more graceful and sexy in a few years. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot and Petit Verdot, the grapes for this wine ferment separately in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the wine ages in barrique for 18 to 24 months before assembling the final blend and bottling. 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
M. Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite 2006 1.5L
M. Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite 2006 1.5L
Price: $569.99

Upon release, the ’06 Ermitage L’Ermite garnered praise for its racy, chiseled profile that married intensity with focus. Now with more than a decade of age, this wine is softening its edges, layering its succulent, dense black and blue fruits with smoky minerals, gamy meats, crushed violets, pencil lead, and peppery spices. Aromatic and earthy, this wine crackles on the palate with energy, latching onto the palate with a fiercely tannic grip, and unfolding layers of mineral-laden notes. Poised on the edge of its drinking window, this powerhouse of a Syrah will drink for decades. Deriving from 80-year-old Syrah vines grown in granite-laden soils, the grapes ferment in temperature-controlled concrete tanks for about a month, and the wine ages for 18 to 20 months in barriques, one-third new. more info
Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2009 1.5L
Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2009 1.5L
Price: $725.00

This dark, inky, almost opaque ‘09 Hermitage La Chapelle oozes across the palate with notes of brambly dark fruit, au jus, exotic spices, smoke, umami and pencil lead. Silky, viscous, rich and opulent in the mouth, this La Chapelle nonetheless has outstanding structure, freshness and balance--simply put, it’s an exquisite Hermitage and it shows that winemaker-owner Caroline Frey is at the top of her game. Deriving primarily from Le Meal and Les Bessards vineyards, with a touch of Les Roucoules fruit, the 2009 vintage clearly makes evident that Jaboulet is back on track with some dramatic changes; selections are stringent and yields have been significantly reduced from their typical 8,000-10,000 case production to a mere 2,000 in 2009. The results are more concentration, purer fruit and more structure--in fact, this may be the greatest La Chapelle since 1978. more info
Domaine Ponsot Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru 2011 1.5L
Domaine Ponsot Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru 2011 1.5L
Price: $849.00

Weighty, intense, and concentrated, this ’11 Chapelle-Chambertin explodes with succulent red and black fruits, dusty minerals, sun-warmed earth, crushed flower petals, and fresh-cut herbs. Savory minerals underpin the wine’s sweet fruit, driving it with focus and energy across the palate as it builds to a complex finish replete with sturdy tannins. Deriving from a 1.7-acre parcel, the grapes ferment in temperature-controlled tanks and the wine ages for two years in used oak barrels; Ponsot bottles with minimal sulfur, if any at all, which means that this domaine’s wines require careful storage and handling. 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
Domaine Ponsot Morey St Denis Blanc 1er Cru Monts Luisants Pressee du Centenaire 2011 1.5L
Domaine Ponsot Morey St Denis Blanc 1er Cru Monts Luisants Pressee du Centenaire 2011 1.5L
Price: $999.00

Warm baking spices, crushed river rocks, lemon peel, and white flowers frame the orchard fruits in this broad-shouldered and beautifully textured ’11 Morey-St-Denis Clos des Monts Luisants. 2011 saw the centennial of Domaine Ponsot’s exceptional Aligoté Clos des Monts vineyard; the ’11 Morey-St-Denis Blanc Clos des Monts Luisants is a towering tribute to this extraordinary monopole. This wine slides across the palate with the texture of silk brocade, energized by its sturdy mineral core, and it builds to a balanced, lingering finish that clings to the palate, satisfyingly. Deriving from a 2.5-acre monopole of rare hundred-year-old Aligoté vines situated at the peak of the slope, the grapes for this wine ferment in open, temperature-controlled vats, and the wine ages in oak, almost always used, for two years. more info