A Few Bottles of Sabon's Glorious White Châteauneuf du Pape Available!
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As we go to press, 20 bottles of Domaine Roger Sabon’s magnificent white Châteauneu du Pape are available on LCBO.com. If you would like a white wine for a special occasion, this is it! Please let me know if you would like me to order it for you.

2016 Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc ‘Renaissance’ – 14.0% Alc./Vol.    $53.60 per bottle       LCBO Product No. 466259

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Jan_10_2018_clip_image002a.gifMade from 50% Roussanne and completed with Clairette, Bourboulenc and Grenache Blanc, this beauty offers up aromas of honeysuckle, pears, peaches and fresh flowers that seem to leap from the glass. It is a full-bodied stunner, crisp, clean, subtle and elegant that sees no oak. This wine is meant to be drunk young – over the next year or two. If you like white Châteauneuf du Pape, you’ll love the 2016 ‘Renaissance’ from Domaine Roger Sabon. It simply doesn’t get much better than this.


LCBO.com Currently in Limbo!


Shop Online - Shop NowThe LCBO’s on-line ordering system ‘LCBO.com’ is currently experiencing real growing pains … to put it mildly. It can take more than two months to transfer stock from one part of their warehouse to another (so that the wine can actually be ordered on-line). But, worse, the LCBO has ‘suspended’ all new winery orders for the program! We intended to place an order for the superb 2016 Châteauneuf du Pape and the magnificent 2017 Lirac and Rhône from Domaine Roger Sabon this week, but the LCBO will not allow us to do so. And, the LCBO won’t tell us when we will be able to once again place orders. This raises yet another issue. Our wineries won’t hold their inventories forever to accommodate the struggles of the LCBO. This is particularly true of the stock of the superb 2017 Rhônes which are in very, very short supply. This is really going to test the depth of our relationships with them.

Is this the death knell for the LCBO’s on-line beverage alcohol service? Not likely. The market demands it and the retail consumer ordering and delivery part of the program seems to have worked well. All we can do is sit back and wait. Not a good situation.

In the meantime, we still have some stellar wines available at LCBO.com. It is hard to believe that seven bottles of the beautiful 2016 Palon Vacqueyras and fifteen bottles of the glorious 2016 Giuliani Châteauneuf du Pape are still there! But they are. Please check our homepage for the others.


2016 Domaine Palon Vacqueyras Rouge – 15.0% Alc./Vol.  LCBO Product No. 479377     $29.95/$179.70 per 6 bottle case

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This gorgeous, medium-bodied wine is made from 75% Grenache, 16% Mourvèdre and 9% Syrah, hand-picked from vines averaging more than forty-five years of age. The Mourvèdre and Syrah were aged in large oak casks for twelve months. It is a deep, pure garnet with complex aromas of plums, prunes, raspberries, black cherries, currants, new leather, Provençal spices with a note of black pepper and cloves. In the mouth it is fresh and lively with surprising complexity and excellent balance. And, oh those delicate, silky Palon tannins. This wine has lots of character, depth and substance and will go beautifully with roasted fowl and charcuterie. This lovely concoction is a real pleasure to drink right now and will continue to be so for another eight to ten years.


2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Rouge - 15.0% Alc./Vol. LCBO Product No. 492321           $42.75 the bottle

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The 2015 Domaine Giuliani Châteauneuf du Pape is crafted from 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre - from vines averaging over fifty years of age. It is a deep brick red colour and offers up aromas of strawberry and raspberry jam, cherries, cassis, dark chocolate, garrigue and Provençal herbs. In the mouth it is full, ample and quite divine. This magnificent Ch.9 simply screams out for a gigot d? agneau or prime rib of beef. You could drink it now, but be sure to give it a few hours in a decanter; it will last for a decade or more in a storage unit or cellar. This is terrific Châteauneuf du Pape for a great price.

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’.


Salvation Wines


When Brian Jutzi, a very active Arthur’s Cellar Wine Club Member heard that we would be jettisoning several of our wineries, he bravely volunteered to take them on. He and his wife Cindy have launched ‘Salvation Wines’ and already have wines from Domaine de Tara and Domaine de Poulvarel on order and on their way to Ontario. Brian also intends to use the ‘LCBO.com’ ordering and distribution program.

Here are a few words from Brian:

Salvation: The act of saving, preservation or deliverance from harm, ruin or loss."

Brian and Cindy Jutzi
Inspired by Peter Mayle’s book ‘A Year in Provence’, my wife Cindy and I travelled to France where we discovered many small family run wineries. It was during our visit to Domaine de Tara that we spied the Arthur Sellers Wine Club business cards on full display. This was fabulous news as we could enjoy the fine wines of southern France back home. We have been sharing wines of the region with family and friends ever since.

Jim’s email “SADLY WINDING DOWN AFTER ALL THESE YEARS!” was truly sad news... it was one of the most distressing emails I have ever read.

I decided to offer an alternative. Rather than Jim and Hélène throwing in the towel, I asked Jim if he would consider passing the baton instead. He agreed and thus ‘Salvation Wines’ was born. Our mission is to preserve the enjoyment of these wines that so many have come to love.”

If you would like to find out more about Salvation Wines and get on their emailing list, please contact Brian directly at brian@salvationwines.ca.


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