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Date September 5, 2016 
Title The Most Interesting Wines From Domaine Chabrier Fils! 
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Le pont du gard et ses illuminations de Mathieu Meunier

Dear Arthur’s Cellar Wine Club Member:

Sadly, this is the last time that we will be offering you the ever popular wines from Domaine Chabrier Fils. However, there is the possibility that these lovely wines will continue to be available from another provider. More on this in a future Bulletin.

We are featuring their crisp 2015 Duché d’Uzès Rosé and 2014 Duché d’Uzès “La Garrigue d’Aureillac” Blanc – the wonderful white with the impossible name. We are also offering their beautiful unoaked 2015 Chardonnay for the first time, two delicious reds including the splendid 2014 Duché d’Uzès “La Garrigue d’Aureillac” Rouge along with a mixed case sampler of all five.
Patrick, father Louis and Christophe Chabrier definitely do not make wimpy wines!

You can tell from their picture that the Chabrier boys do not make wimpy wines! Au contraire. They fashion big, bold expressive wines with gobs of flavour that are really expressive of their terroir. The wines are very well made, delicious and represent excellent value.A Brief History of Domaine Chabrier Fils

Karine, Frédérque, Hélène and Patrick
(note the ‘tiny’ gift of asparagus)
Grandfather Louis Chabrier settled in Bourdic (a small village near Uzès, a beautiful town situated roughly between Avignon and Nîmes near the majestic Roman aqueduct called the Pont du Gard - pictured above) in 1925 and grew grapes and other crops on his property. In 1928 he became one of the founders of the local wine co-op. In time, he left the estate to his sons, Louis and Robert who replanted the vineyards with new grape varieties. Louis’ sons, Patrick and Christophe then took over in 1988. They built the current modern winery in 1998 when they decided to produce their own wine from the best grapes (about 20 percent – the remainder still goes to the co-op or is shipped to other producers around the world). Their new winery contains the most modern winemaking equipment and the Chabriers meticulously maintain their vineyards with minimum chemical intervention. They own 60 hectares of vineyards, a mosaic of terroir in and around Bourdic (they acquired a vineyard in Switzerland a few years ago) and grow a wide variety of grapes including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet- Sauvignon, Grenache Noir, Carignan and Muscat Petits Grains. The Chabriers produce about 4,000 hectolitres of wine each year.   

Brothers Patrick and Christophe work with their father Louis in the fields and craft their vinous elixirs while Patrick’s wife Frédérique and the indispensable Karine run the administrative end of things and jump into the fray at harvest time (happening now!).    

This Offering from Domaine Chabrier Fils

We are delighted to bring you the crisp, fruity 2015 Duché d’Uzès Rosé, the 2015 IGP Blanc Chardonnay, the ever popular Duché d’Uzès “La Garrigue d’Aureillac” Blanc (this time the 2014 vintage), the voluptuous 2014 Duché d’Uzès “La Garrigue d’Aureillac” Rouge and the lively, unoaked 2014 Duché d’Uzès Rouge. We also have a mixed-case sampler of all five. These wines come in six-bottle cases. 2014 and 2015 were very good vintages in the Duché d’Uzès region. The last day to order will be Friday, September 23rd.

2015 IGP Coteaux du Pont du Gard Rosé – 12.5% Alc./Vol.                           $16/$96 for 6 is a really good, punchy Rosé made from 60% Grenache Noir and 40% Grenache Gris. It is a lovely medium salmon colour with a fresh and lively nose of raspberries, red currants, citrus, vanilla and a trace of violets. In the mouth it is full, round, dry, crisp and very refreshing. Not just a great hot weather sipper, this lovely rosé will go smashingly well with Asian cuisine, pork (particularly ham) and most omelettes. It won a Gold Medal at the Concours Gardois des Vins Nîmes – 2016. Order your bottles of cheerfulness now.

2015 IGP Cévennes Blanc - Chardonnay – 13.0% Alc./Vol.                              $18/$108 for 6
This 100% Chardonnay beauty is a luminous straw colour and offers up vibrant aromas of white flowers, honey, spices, citrus fruits and It is wonderfully fruity, round and refreshing in the mouth where the scents persists and linger. This is a natural match for fried fish, shellfish and roast chicken. And, it is a splendid sipper all by itself. It won a Gold Medal at the Concours Gardois des Vins – Jeunes Agriculteurs – Nîmes - 2016. Order your splendid white sipper now.

2014 Duché d’Uzès La Garrigue d’Aureillac Blanc – 13.5% Alc./Vol.                $22/$132 for 6
T is one of my very favourite whites and has been a huge hit with our wine club Members over the years. This truly wonderful white wine is made from 70% Viognier, 20% Grenache Blanc and 10% Marsanne with an average yield of only 30 hectolitres per hectare. Half of the Viognier was fermented in new French oak barrels for twelve months. It is a medium straw colour with an intense nose of honey, apricot tarts and vanilla with a hint of hyacinths, anise and lavender. In the mouth it is full, buttery and very well balanced with pronounced flavours of stewed apricots and a hint of pineapple. This New World-styled white is elegant, big and long. It would work well as an aperitif, go wonderfully with any shellfish (particularly scallops) and, as a special treat, be a divine partner with warm goat cheese. It won a Gold Medal at the Concours de Vinalies Internationales - 2016. Order now – always offered to us on a strict allotment basis - first come, first served.

2015 2015 Duché d’Uzès Rouge – 13.5% Alc./Vol.                                                  $19/$114 for 6 succulent little red sipper is fashioned from 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache. It saw no oak. A bright ruby colour with glints of purple, it has aromas of plums, blackberries, nutmeg and vanilla. In the mouth it shows lots of fresh fruit along with mocha and tobacco. It is very well balanced and shows amazing length. This marvellous quaff has already won three Gold Medals, from the Concours Gardois des Vins Nîmes - 2016, the Concours Général Agricole Paris - 2016 and the Concours des Vins d’Orange - 2016. This is a real barbeque wine. It is simply a delight and veritable bargain at this price. Order your little red treasure from the land of Oc now.

2014 Duché d’Uzès La Garrigue d’Aureillac Rouge – 13.5% Alc./Vol.                       $22/$132 for 6 luscious red is a blend of 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache and was aged in various types of used oak barrels. It is a beautiful purple colour with violet tints. The nose is complex with aromas of plums, blackberries, myrtle, vanilla, nutmeg and roasted coffee beans. The attack (first impression in the mouth) is silky with smooth, agreeable tannins followed by a symphony of ripe berries, plums, exotic spices and pepper. It lingers in the mouth, is long and elegant and hints of prunes emerge. This is an amazing wine, particularly considering the price. It won a Silver Medal at the Concours Général Agricole Paris - 2016 and a Gold Medal at the Concours Gardois des Vins Nîmes - 2016. It will go wonderfully with leg of lamb, magret de canard and roast pork. Highly recommended! Try some for yourself and see.

The Chabrier Sampler – (13.5% Alc./Vol.)                                                                    $20/$120 for 6
What a great way to try several of the fine wines from Domaine Chabrier Fils – all gold medal winners! You get two bottles of the of the 2014 Duché d’Uzès La Garrigue d’Aureillac Rouge along with  one bottle each the 2015 Coteaux de Pont de Gard Rosé, 2015 Cévennes Chardonnay, 2015 Duché d’Uzès Rouge and 2014  Duché d’Uzès La Garrigue d’Aureillac Blanc, all in one handy six-pack. Order your Duché d’Uzès treasure trove 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.

What happened to Les Cuvées du Firmament?

Frank Léonor simply did not provide us with the information we required to offer his wines. We do hope everything is okay with him and the Léonor family.

We would be most rapturous and darn near ecstatic if you would pass this note on to others you think might enjoy some delightful, expressive wines from Uzès.

Many thanks and cheers!

Jim, Hélène and Kate