Saying Goodbye to Champagne Forget-Brimont !!

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Great love affairs start with Champagne and end with tisane. Honoré de Balzac

We have decided to end out thirteen year association with Champagne Forget-Brimont. When the bottles of 1er Cru Brut and 1er Cru Rosé Brut currently available at are gone, that will be it. Both will cellar well for several years.

The Champagnes on Offer

To order the Champagne Forget-Brimont Brut 1er Cru and Rosé Brut 1er Cru currently available for scriptioimmediate delivery from the LCBO, just click on the very subtle ‘Order Now’ tags included at the end of the following product dens. Or, you can go to and insert the respective product number in the ‘Search’ box at the upper right.

If you would prefer, just send me an email telling me what you would like and I’ll be pleased to order it from the LCBO for you. Just let me know if you want it delivered to your door by Canada Post ($12) or sent at no cost to your preferred LCBO store (please tell me which one that is). Then send us a cheque or an electronic funds transfer (I’ll confirm the amount after ordering).

Brut 1er Cru – 12.0% Alc./Vol. LCBO Product # 926617 $47.25 the bottle
ss.png This is a great wine at a great price. The grape composition is 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier and 20% Chardonnay (all Premier and Grand Cru). A pale golden colour with a delicate nose of fresh green apples, white flowers and hazelnuts, it has a very fresh, deep structure and is well-balanced with good length. What a great way to start any party and also a wonderful accompaniment for white meats.

Here’s what Alison Napjus says about it in the December 31, 2012 edition of the ‘Wine Spectator’ – “Firm and focused by racy acidity, this is lightly chalky in texture, offering tightly knit flavors of ripe Gala apple, anise, black currant candy, fresh ginger and biscuit. Fine balance. Drink now through 2018. 16,500 cases made. $63 (wow, note the price!!) – 91/100”. Robert Parker rated it a 90!

And, it costs much less than you would pay for regular mass-marketed Champagne. Here are some examples of the prices of ordinary Champagne currently available at the LCBO (not a 1er Cru in the bunch, let alone one with Grand Cru juice as well):

Piper Heidsieck Brut $60.00
Möet & Chandon Brut Imperial $67.75
Mumm Cordon Rouge Brut $62.95
Veuve Clicquot Brut $72.90

At time of writing, 47 bottles remain at

Rosé Brut 1er Cru - 12.0% Alc./Vol. LCBO Product # 926633        Just $52.45 the bottle
ss.png This is the Champagne for those most festive occasions. It is also an ideal apéritif. Its rose colour comes from adding a touch of red wine from Brouzy to the Forget-Brimont reserve cuvée. The grape composition is 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier and 20% Chardonnay (Premier and Grand Cru grapes only!). In the glass, the beautiful light salmon colour provides an ideal backdrop for its steady stream of tiny bubbles.

Alison Napjus has this to say about it in the November 15, 2012 edition of the ‘Wine Spectator’ – “This offers lovely balance, a finely detailed texture and delicate acidity that focuses the subtle flavors of ripe plum, wild strawberries, and melon fruit. A hint of almond-tinged financier and mineral notes add complexity. Drink now through 2018. 5,000 cases made. $67 (note, our price is $20 less!!) - 91/100

At time of writing, 35 bottles remain at

Domaine Roger Sabon Treasures Keep Materializing from Nowhere!!

I have absolutely no idea where the LCBO found them (I thought they were sold out more than a year ago!) but a few bottles of the lovely 2016 Lirac By Roger Sabon and magnums of the magnificent 2015 Le Secret des Sabon have suddenly appeared on

Please send me a note  if you would like me to order for you (let me know to which LCBO store you would like your wine sent).

Here are the Prodigal Sabons:

2015 Le Secret des Sabon – 15.0% Alc./Vol.                        MAGNUMS $502.50 the magnum          LCBO Item No. 466333

ss.pngThere are three magnums of this stellar wine available at

The smallest production cuvée is the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Le Secret des Sabon, which is a field blend of primarily Grenache (from vines that are over one hundred years old) that's brought up in oak tanks. It sports a deep ruby color, full body, terrific Grenache notes of black raspberries, scorched earth, currants and roasted herbs, sweet tannin and a killer finish. It's more streamlined and elegant than the 2010, but should surpass the 2009.' (94 - 96/100) Jeb Dunnuck, 'The Wine Advocate' October, 2016

Other Sabon Châteauneuf Available on

2016 Châteauneuf du Pape ‘Prestige’ – 15.0% Alc./Vol.             $80.00 the bottle                        LCBO Product No: 841379

ss.pngThere are 4 bottles of this beauty available at

“Sourced from the lieux-dits of Les Brusquières and Cabrières, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Prestige is a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre and 5% other varieties. Tasted blind, it’s a big, full-bodied, lush wine. Powered by bold cherry and stone fruit, it shows hints of pepper and clove complexity, plus vibrant citrus zest notes on the long, electric finish. Wow.” (96/100) Joe Czerwinski, ‘The Wine Advocate’ Aug. 2018. This is simply delicious stuff.

2015 Châteauneuf du Pape ‘Prestige’ Magnums – 15.0% Alc./Vol.         $179.05 the magnum         LCBO Product No: 466317

ss.pngThere are two magnums available at
These four magnums suddenly appeared from somewhere in the bowels of the LCBO. 'The 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Prestige includes slightly more Syrah than the other cuvées and is 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre (all from vines averaging one hundred years of age) and the rest a mix of permitted varieties. It's easily the largest, richest and most full-bodied of the (Sabon) lineup and has lots of blackberry, plum, peppery herbs and roasted herb characteristics. Like all of the 2015s here (Sabon), it has serious purity, as well as ripe tannin.' (93 - 95/100) Jeb Dunnuck, 'The Wine Advocate' October, 2017.

2016 Châteauneuf du Pape "Le Secret des Sabon" - 15.0% Alc./Vol.       $233.45 the bottle               LCBO Product No: 841395

ss.png There are but 2 bottles of this classic available at

 "I tasted the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Le Secret des Sabon blind, alongside the other 2016s from this fine estate, and failed to discern a huge difference between it and the impressive Prestige and Reserve bottlings. I don't doubt that time will prove my rating to be conservative, hence the + sign. Winemaker Didier Négron retained some stems in this cuvée, and they show for the moment in its slightly herbal-minty notes, but they are balanced by ripe Grenache fruit that suggests apricot and plum. Lavender and thyme join in on the creamy, lush finish of this full-bodied but elegant offering." (96+/100) Joe Czerwinski, "The Wine Advocate" Aug. 2018.

This is Châteauneuf du Pape at its zenith!

Gentleman’s Portion Wine Tales

Since 2016 I have been contributing monthly stories about Hélène’s and my weird, wacky and wonderful experiences in the world of wine to a terrific blog called ‘Gentleman’s Portion’. Take a look to see what we’ve been up to. Better still, sign up to receive all the fascinating stories about the better things in life like fine food, cruising, touring and of course wine.

Here’s how 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 ‘’ 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 ‘’ 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

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