Yesterday, I was proud to debut a new set of offerings from IWM, our starter cellars
. While the majority of these collections featured only Italian wines, one set, our World of Wines cellar, culled bottles from around the globe. As IWM has grown, I've tried to find new way to meet our clients' needs. No one, not even I, drinks just one country's wines. Ask even the most stalwart Italian producers, and they're going to admit finding joy in Burgundy, Bordeaux and beyond.
Today, I'm delighted to debut the new wines from Domaine Barat. Chablis' Barat, a small family-owned-and-operated estate, is exactly the kind of winemaker I've championed since opening my doors. The family has been making wines for generations, and the wines they make--unoaked, precise, pure and authentic--would be entirely recognizable to their forebears. Best of all, these bottles will explode on your palate, but they won't bust your wallet. Barat basically redefines white Burgundy. I urge you white wine lovers to explore the 2011 releases we debut today. They're exceptional wines of the world, and they belong in your cellar and on your table.
Of course, I can't forsake Italy, and so I'm proud to put Domaine Barat's new releases in the company of two of IWM's favorite Brunellos--the exceptional 2004 Valdicava Brunello Riserva and the benchmark Fuligni 2006 Brunello normale. The first is a massive wine that, against all logic, grows more delicate, nuanced and finessed with each passing year; this is likely our last allocation, and you don't want to miss it. The second we're offering in magnum, and once you pour it, you'll see why; you won't want the bottle to empty. It's just that good.