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“Only the unimaginative can fail to find a reason for drinking champagne.”
– Oscar Wilde, Irish playwright and novelist


Two of the luscious, premier cru bubblies from Champagne Forget-Brimont have been released by the LCBO just in time for the holiday season. These ain’t no ordinary, run-of-the-mill fizzes. Nope, they’re much better than that. They are crafted from about 75% Premier Cru and 25% Grand Cru grapes grown in the finest parts of Champagne. But the great thing is that they are priced like other producers’ regular stuff.

The Champagnes on Offer

To order the Champagne Forget-Brimont Brut 1er Cru and Rosé Brut 1er Cru currently available for immediate delivery from the LCBO, just click on the very subtle ‘Order Now’ tags included at the end of the following product descriptions. Or, you can go to LCBO.com 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                 Only $47.05 the bottle

This is great Champagne 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 said 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. $63 (wow, note the price – US$!!) – 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
$67.65
Mumm Cordon Rouge Brut
$62.95
Veuve Clicquot Brut
$72.80


Rosé Brut 1er Cru - 12.0% Alc./Vol.   LCBO Product # 926633         Just $52.15 the bottle

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 had 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. $67 (note the price in US$!!) - 91/100


Also currently available at LCBO.com


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.


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

Made 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. Down to the last 22 bottles.



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.


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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