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Date September 27, 2017 
Title The New Distribution Process - Update 
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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 ‘’. 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 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.

Currently Available from ‘ (Six-bottle Cases):

I’ll be pleased to order for you. Just get in touch with me and I’ll do the rest).

2015 ‘La Soif’ Rosé – 12.5% Alc./Vol.     LCBO #377654        $15.95/$95.70 case of 6

‘La Soif’ (the thirst) is a strange name for a marvellous wine whose primary purpose will be to slake your thirst during the dog days of summer. Made from old vines Grenache and Syrah from vineyards converted to organic farming in 2010, it is a most refreshing, satisfying rosé that is showing lovely red fruit, peaches, wet stones and light citrus nuances and a nice crisp finish. While a fashionably pale salmon colour, this is not weak stuff made from young vines. The Syrah is between twenty-nine and thirty-nine years old and the Grenache is thirty-eight (average yield is only 35 hl./ha.). And, 2015 was a very, very good vintage for these varietals in southern France. This IGP Cévennes comes with a convenient screw cap to preserve its freshness (and make it wonderfully easy to get at!). I love this wine! It will go brilliantly with Asian cuisine, ham and salmon or by itself on a hot summer’s day.

Champagne Forget-Brimont Rosé Brut 1er Cru - 12.0% Alc./Vol.   LCBO Product # 926633         $52.80/$316.80 for 6

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

Please pass this note on to friends, family, neighbours, casual acquaintances, heck even total strangers. Their taste buds will thank you for it (and I will too!).

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Many thanks and cheers!

Jim, Hélène and Kate