Arthur Sellers Bulletin Archive
Dear Arthur’s Cellar Wine Club Member:
We found out about these marvellous wines about five years ago from a familiar source – Christian Esparza, our long-time friend, purveyor of fine wines in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and enthusiastic co-conspirator in the discovery of great wines for our wine club. Those of you who ordered these wines over the past four years have clamoured for more. They are so good and so reasonably priced, it is no wonder. Included this time are the ‘Wine Advocate’ 90 rated 2013 Les Perrottes and the amazing 2013 Les Agapans Rouge that is conjured up from Grenache vines averaging more than 100 years of age.
Domaine de Poulvarel
Costières de Nîmes
The Costières de Nîmes was established in 1989 and is, to quote Jancis Robinson in ‘The Oxford Companion to Wine’, “… the generally reliable and well-priced southernmost appellation of the Rhône. In French wine politics, it used to be considered part of the eastern Languedoc but the climate, soil, topography – and wines – are closer to those just over the river in the southern Côtes du Rhône vineyards. This is an important zone for the production of Vin de Pays. As in the nearby southern Rhône, Grenache is an important vine variety here, and must represent at least 25% of any red (to qualify as AOC Costières de Nîmes). Syrah and Mourvèdre are becoming increasingly popular in many of the best wines and must each total at least 20 per cent of the blend. This is an appellation in transition, not just geographically between the Languedoc and the Rhône, but temporarily between a bulk wine producer and a source of genuinely characterful, well-made wines”. Excellent examples found at the LCBO are the very good wines made by Mas de Bressades.
Vin de Pays d’Oc
Jancis continues, “The most single important vin de pays is Vin de Pays d’Oc, which is France’s prime source of varietal wine. About 85 per cent of all vin de pays come from Languedoc-Roussillon, Provence, or the southern Rhône. The pioneer was Mas de Daumas Gassac, an internationally famous wine which is sold merely as a departmental Vin de Pays de l’Hérault. But there are now scores, if not hundreds of equally ambitious producers of vin de pays, especially in the Languedoc-Roussillon area, making some of the best value wines in the world.”
The Wines of Domaine de Poulvarel
We have a delicious rosé, three yummy whites and five heavenly reds for you, each carefully crafted by Pascal and Elisabeth. In addition, Elisabeth and Pascale have created two samplers for us – one featuring their three new Le Bouquet wines, the other their reds. All come in six-bottle cases. The final day to order these fabulous wines will be Friday, May 27th.
Don’t let the low prices or the unfamiliar appellation deter you. These are terrific wines from very good vintages and I enthusiastically suggest that, at the very least, you order each of the Samplers so that you too can revel in the yumminess of the Domaine de Poulvarel wines.
The Three Le Bouquet
Pascal has created three new, splendid, well-priced wines called Le Bouquet; a white, a rosé and a red. Whimsical labels designed by local artist Jean-Pierre Desclozeau adorn their bottles belying the very serious wines within. Each is comprised of five different grape varieties resulting in complex, luscious and satisfying quaffs. Perhaps the best part is that they are just $17 each. And, Pascal is offering us a six-bottle mixed case of two of each of these fine potables.
2015 Le Bouquet Blanc – 13.5% Alc./Vol. $17/$102 six-bottle case
This gorgeous white wine is a blend of five different grape varieties - 25% Grenache Blanc, 25% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Chardonnay, 15% Viognier and 10% Muscat. As a note, 2015 was a very good vintage in the Costières de Nîmes. It is a pale straw colour with glints of silver. The nose is fruity, fresh and alive with aromas of passion fruit, pineapples, clementines and a hint of gooseberries. It is round and full in the mouth, thirst quenching with a clean finish that includes a final note of limes. Excellent acidity. This is a great sipping white, a lovely apéritif and a marvellous match for grilled fish, roast chicken and chèvre. It is drinking beautifully now and will continue to do so for another two to three years. At only $17, this is a veritable steal. Order your irresistible dollop of sunshine now.
The LCBO is the only entity authorized to sell beverage alcohol in Ontario. Arthur Sellers & Company and Arthur’s Cellar Wine Club do not sell or markup beverage alcohol, but rather, arrange for customers to purchase it from the LCBO. Our prices indicated above and on our website include the LCBO sale price plus a fee to cover the cost of sourcing, handling and marketing the wine. The LCBO’s sale prices are available on request.
Know anyone who might enjoy some amazing wines from southern France? If you do, please pass this note on and invite them to join the tipplers of Arthur’s Cellar Wine Club.
Many thanks and cheers!
Jim, Hélène and Kate