Splendid, Inexpensive Côtes du Rhône - 'Les Notes de Louis'

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Only five cases of the delightful 2017 Les Nôtes de Louis Côtes du Rhône are still available at LCBO.com. This big, bold, sassy wine from the Southern Rhône pairs wonderfully well with anything coming off the BBQ or from your favourite pizza palour.

Per usual, I’d be pleased to order for you. Just let me know what you would like and to which LCBO store you want it sent.


2017 ‘Les Notes de Louis’ Côtes du Rhône – 15.0% Alc./Vol. LCBO Product No. 866210       $18.40 the bottle

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This glorious Côte du Rhône is made from almost 100% Grenache - and the Giulianis are very, very talented Grenache growers. And, I can’t over-emphasize how good the 2017 vintage is. This robust beauty is a brilliant ruby colour and exhibits a pronounced, lively nose of raspberries, plums and cherries. In the mouth these persist, accompanied by black currents and hints of pepper and licorice. It is big and wonderfully round and supple with silky tannins and surprising length. This stunner will go marvellously with savoury tarts and grilled meats. While drinking well now, it will keep nicely for at least three or four years. This is terrific stuff.


Domaine Giuliani

Your intrepid tipplers with Bernard and Aline Giuliani 
We first bumped into a bottle of Domaine Giuliani Châteauneuf du Pape at our old friend Christian Esparza’s wine emporium in Saint-Rémy de Provence. It was the 2007 vintage and it was love at first slurp! The Giuliani’s wines have since become favourites with our wine club members and local restaurateurs alike.

The Giuliani vineyards were established in 1930 and since then succeeding generations have laboured to produce the best grapes possible for the co-operative in Courthézon. But Bernard, the latest Giuliani to take the helm had grown tired of seeing others reduce the fruits of his labour to mediocrity. So, in the early 2000’s he decided that it was time to produce his own wines. His new cellars were completed in 2005 and the inaugural vintage of Domaine Giuliani Châteauneuf du Pape debuted the following year.  Instead of one large property, the Giulianis own a number of choice plots totalling 8.3 hectares in prime south-west Châteauneuf locations like La Crau and Pierredon. As one would expect, they meticulously maintain their vines and hand-pick only the finest grapes for their Châteauneuf du Pape. The grapes are then destemmed and the juice undergoes traditional fermentation and spends at least ten months in oak barrels. Their son Florian recently joined them after completing his studies in oenology. Because the Giulianis are just starting out, their superb Châteauneuf du Pape and Côtes du Rhône are wonderfully well priced.


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LCBO.com

Here’s how LCBO.com works. We will supply the LCBO with selected wines and you or anyone else in Ontario can order and pay for them on-line via the ‘LCBO.com’ site. The major benefit to you is that the wines will already be here at the LCBO warehouse and will be delivered in a short amount of time. By paying a $12 delivery fee, they will ship it (regardless of quantity as long as the order is for $50 or more) by way Canada Post to any address in Ontario and it will be delivered within four business days. Or, you can avoid the shipping fee by having the wine sent to any LCBO store you designate. The store will call you once it is ready to be picked up. This process will take from one to two weeks (possibly up to four weeks in remote areas). Another benefit is that you will no longer have to provide us with the LCBO Lab Waiver email.

Please get in touch with me if you have any questions, would like additional information or would like my help ordering your wine. The LCBO will assist with any post-ordering issues. Contact them at ‘helloLCBO’.


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