Dear Arthur’s Cellar Wine Club Member:
Four months have passed since 30 six-bottle cases each of Champagne Forget-Brimont’s Brut 1er Cru and Rosé Brut 1er Cru were first listed on ‘LCBO.com’. The 1er Cru Brut has sold out and only six cases of the 1er Cru Rosé Brut remain. A couple of weeks later, 80 six-bottle cases of ‘La Soif Rosé were listed; ten cases remain. So, the new distribution process appears to be working quite well.
The LCBO hinted that a second ‘French Boutique’ might be coming to the GTA. Seems this was simply wishful thinking.
The LCBO announced that all wines would be available by the bottle on LCBO.com. This has not happened and signs are it won’t … at least for quite a while.
Hélène and I visited the existing ‘French Boutique’ at the Rideau Street sore in Ottawa to conduct a tasting and product knowledge session with the staff. Evidently we were only the second agency to do so. The staff plaintively noted that the LCBO was not providing promotional shelf tags to support their wines. So, our tech guru Jamie Winterhalt designed these for them. The Product Consultants are delighted!
Currently On Order
We have recently placed a new order with Champagne Forget-Brimont for more Brut 1er Cru and Rosé Brut 1er cru. Also included is some Extra Brut 1er Cru and 2006 Millésime Brut 1er Cru. With any luck they will all be available for the Christmas season.
We have also placed an order with Domaine Roger Sabon for their 2016 Rhône By Roger Sabon, 2016 Lirac By Roger Sabon (we recently had a bottle of the 2007 vintage – sheer ambrosia), 2016 Renaissance Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc, 2015 Les Olivets (90-92 Wine Advocate), 2015 Réserve (93-95 WA), 2015 Prestige (93-95 WA) and 2015 Le Secret des Sabon (94-96 WA). We tried them all from the cask. They are terrific. They too should be here by year’s end.
The superb 2015s and 2016s from Domaine Giuliani and Domaine Palon will be on order soon.