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Expert Picks: Chandon de Briailles and Talenti

Posted on | April 19, 2016 | Written by Garrett Kowalsky | No Comments

Garrett_8.6.14_72dpiWhen I meet new people and tell them what I do for a living there are inevitably a series of questions that always get asked. What’s my favorite wine? How do you know how long to age a wine? What’s a really good year? While my answers can vary from time to time, the most difficult of that trio to answer is the one regarding a “good year.” Rare is the occasion when one year was especially kind to all growing regions around the globe. Each area has its own specific climate and its own unique weather conditions within a given vintage. However, if pressed, I would make the argument that 2010 was one of the finest all-around vintages in recent memory. California, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone, Italy (everywhere)–all of these places produced world class wines that year. Here are two incredible examples that we have in stock right now.

Chandon de Briailles Corton Les Maréchaudes Grand Cru 2010 $109.99

Everyone remembers ’09 as being a bumper crop in Burgundy with rich and decadent wines. What true Burgundy lovers know is that 2010 was the more typical and interesting vintage, one that yielded wines of exceptional elegance and near-endless aging potential. It’s not often that you get to experience a Grand Cru for around $100, especially one as fine as this silky beauty from Chandon de Briailles. This is all about the detail, from the bouquet to the palate. Drink 2017-2025

Talenti Brunello di Montalcino Pian di Conte Riserva 2010 $119.00

By now you may be tired of hearing about 2010 Brunello and the exquisite wines produced, but you shouldn’t be. This is an exceptional bottle that is going to knock your socks off for the next 10-20 years, and each time you open one you just might regret not buying more when it was released. Talenti is an IWM favorite and their 2010 Brunello Pian di Conte Riserva is brimming with structure and class. While it’s not yet ready to be fully enjoyed, it will offer up that rustic “only in Italy” experience for decades to come. Drink 2018-2033.


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