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Inside IWM, December 14-17, 2015: Giving, Getting, Loving

A look back at the week that was

3 bottle basket 1What to give? What to get? What to drink? The holidays have us in a tizzy. We began the week with a salute to the traditional Italian gift wine, Barolo–learn its history, its specifics, and some of our very favorite producers. We ended the week with a guide for last-minute wine gifts, including beautiful, weird things like corkscrews and beautiful, useful things like Scott Conant’s new cookbook. John Camacho Vidal explored the many wines of Bruno Giacosa–including the esteemed producer’s everyday bottlings. And Stephane Medard toasted the recent warm New York City weather with a lovely Piemontese white, an under $27 Roero Arneis.

Francesco Vigorito can’t hide his love of Aldo Conterno, but his two picks are off this producer’s beaten path; don’t miss the value wine! Michael Adler can’t contain his enthusiasm for Anne & Sébastien Bidault; this domaine’s Burgundies are out of this world! And Crystal Edgar believes in Champagne all the time–but especially during the holidays. She picks bottles from Billecart-Salmon that ring in your celebrations with style.

Cheers to you and to yours and to your holiday season. May it be merry, bright, and delicious!

Inside IWM, November 30 to December 3, 2015: Holidays Ahoy!

A look back at the week that was

patagonia llamasOur Cyber Monday event made this week short but sweet here on Inside IWM. Stephane Menard reflected on his recent trip to Patagonia as he enjoyed an insanely good bottle of Pinot Noir from Argentina. Made by Sassicaia scion Piero Incisa della Rocchetta, this Bodega Chacra Barda over-delivers on its $27 price tag. As the weather cools, we’re reaching for warming foods–and suspect you are too! Enjoy a recipe for Cavatelli Pasta alla Amatriciana from IWM’s own kitchens!

Our experts were unusually focused. Michael Adler wants you to fall in love with Chablis, and he picked a pair of extraordinary bottles to give you a push towards Chablis passion. John Camacho Vidal sees the winter holidays approaching fast, and he pulls two fine, affordable bottles from Veneto producer Nicolis out of his cellar. And Garrett Kowalsky shares his love of Domaine Gallois with two hand-picked bottles from this Burgundy great.

Cheers to you and yours as you head into the winter holidays–and don’t miss IWM’s 2015 Gift Guide!

More Time to Stock Your Cellar!

IWM’s legendary Cyber Monday Sale!

Happy Monday! It’s IWM’s Cyber Monday event! Get up to 20% off your favorite wines–while they last.unnamed

IWM NYC’s Black Friday Tasting!

Our yearly must-attend complimentary event!

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Expert Picks: Alain Burguet and…Alain Burguet

Two expert selections from Michael Adler

Michael Adler 5.29.15I have a soft spot for Burgundy’s smaller, family-run domaines. I find that their wines speak more to the passion, personality and livelihood of their makers than wines produced by larger, more corporate estates. Winemakers like Dominique Gallois, Christian Moreau and Alain Burguet are prime examples, and I’m always proud to promote and champion the wines from estates like these—of course, it’s easy when the wines are this good.

Domaine Alain Burguet, now run primarily by Alain’s two sons Jean-Luc and Eric, occupies about twenty acres, primarily in Gevrey-Chambertin. Historically, the estate made just two wines, a Gevrey-Chambertin and Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes, but in the last decade or so, the domaine has expanded its line to include two additional Gevrey bottlings, as well as smaller amounts of Chambolle-Musigny, Vosne-Romanée and Chambertin Clos de Beze with fruit purchased from Domaine Damoy.

The two wines I’m featuring today are Burguet’s 2013 Bourgogne Rouge Les Pince Vin and 2010 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Champeaux, both highly sought-after cru wines that make regular appearances on NYC’s top restaurant wine lists.

Domaine Alain Burguet 2013 Bourgogne Rouge Les Pince Vins $45.99

Burguet’s Pince Vins, though bottled and labeled as a Bourgogne Rouge, is essentially a Gevrey-Chambertin in everything but its name. Straddling a section of Gevrey vineyard, Pince Vins is a plot on the north end of Gevrey-Chambertin that’s much in the shape of a pincer, hence its name. While most vignerons who make a Bourgogne Rouge in addition to their village-designated wines use purchased fruit from other appellations, Burguet only bottles fruit from its own estate vineyards to craft a Bourgogne Rouge of near-unparalleled depth and complexity. Light to medium in body yet firm and structured on the palate, the ‘13 Les Pince Vins offers ripe aromas of red and black fruits, leading into a palate packed with savory and earthy notes, and just a touch of sauvage. This is an unbeatable value in under $50 Burgundy!

Domaine Alain Burguet 2010 Gevrey 1er Cru Les Champeaux $135.99

Vintage after vintage Burguet’s Gevrey-Chambertin Champeaux is the estate’s most sought-after cru, and in an exceptional vintage like 2010, it has the necessary structure and acidity to age for two or more decades, though it is also quite expressive now five years after harvest. Dense and dark in the glass, it wafts with alluring aromas of red and black fruits, roses, wet earth and dried herbs, and it culminates in an incredibly long, powerful finish. Elegant and finessed yet full of power and energy, this ’10 Les Champeaux is a wine of beautiful dichotomies that evolves constantly in the glass from the moment it’s poured to the last hedonistic sip. Fans of well-wrought Gevrey-Chambertin should not miss out on this gorgeous ‘10 Champeaux.

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