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Bulletin Detail
Date March 25, 2018 
Title Arthur's Cellar Wine Currently Available at the LCBO 

Dear Arthur’s Cellar Wine Club Member:

The following wines are currently available at The first three can be purchased by the bottle, the remaining seven only in six-bottle cases. The quantities shown are at the time of writing. The details of each wine will be found at (except for the two Palon wines - not posted yet - so I have included the datils here). Two additional Palon beauties, the Vacqueyras Rouge and Gigondas Rouge should be posted any day. I’ll let you know when they are.

Per usual, I’d be happy to order for you; just send me a note to tell me what you would like. 

We have been promised by the LCBO that all these wines will eventually be sold by the bottle. However, the LCBO’s process of converting from by-the-case sales to by-the-bottle sales is a random and glacial one. To add to the merriment, when new stock of an exisiting wine arrives, it is automatically sold by-the case, even if it was previously sold by-the-bottle. The whole process is in the throes of severe growing pains; but, when it works, customers seem to really like it. Much patience is required.


Non-vintage 1er Cru Brut – Champagne Forget-Brimont - 12.0% Alc./Vol. LCBO Product No. 926617       $48.35 the bottle 11 bottles remain at this old price; it will be sure to increase when the new stock arrives due to the weakening of our dollar against the Euro.

2015 Domaine Roger Sabon Châteauneuf du Pape ‘Les Olivets’ – 14.5% Alc./Vol. LCBO Product No. 466267    $48.75 the bottle bottles remain. Rated 90 – 92 by Jeb Dunnuck, the ‘Wine Advocate’.

2015 Domaine Roger Sabon Châteauneuf du Pape ‘Réserve’ – 14.5% Alc./Vol. LCBO Product No. 466283   $57.95 the bottle 10 bottles remain. Rated 93 -95 by Jeb Dunnuck, the ‘Wine Advocate’.


Non-vintage 1er Cru Rosé Brut – Champagne Forget-Brimont - 12.0% Alc./Vol. LCBO Product No. 926633       $55.60/$333.60 per 6 bottle case

1 cases remain.

2016 ‘Les Notes de Louis’ Côtes du Rhône – Domaine Giuliani - 15.5% Alc./Vol. LCBO Product No. 492313   $19.30/$115.80 per 6 bottle case

1 cases remain.

2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Rouge – Domaine Giuliani - 15.0% Alc./Vol. LCBO Product No. 492321   $42.75/$256.50 per 6 bottle case cases remain.

2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Rouge ‘Les Galets Jeanne’ – Domaine Giuliani - 14.5% Alc./Vol. LCBO Product No. 492339   $52.00/$312.00 per 6 bottle case cases remain of this premium Châteauneuf du Pape, (produced only in top vintages).

2016 Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc ‘Cuvée Flora’ – Domiane Giuliani  - 14.0% Alc./Vol. LCBO Product No. 492347   $40.50/$243.00 per 6 bottle case cases remain of this glorious white Châteauneuf du Pape

2016 Côtes du Rhône ‘Cuvée Esparza’ – Domaine Palon – 16.0% Alc./Vol. LCBO Product No. 479369   $20.90/$125.40 per 6 bottle case
39 cases of six bottles remain. This is an excellent Côtes-du-Rhone from a great year. Yes, that alcohol content at 16% is correct. This is a bit of a monster. It is comprised of 69% Grenache, 16% Syrah and 15% Cinsault, all hand-picked and  hand-sorted from the Palon’s five acres of vineyards in Vacqueyras. The yield was only 15 hl/ha! It is a dark and lustrous ruby red with hints of violet. The nose is of pronounced aromas of ripe cherries, plums, black currants, garrigue (the fragrant underbrush of Southern France), smoke, new leather, cassis and a hint of pepper. In the mouth it is very big, round and satisfying with delicate tannins and good length. Served slightly chilled (16°-17°C), it will go splendidly with roasts, grilled meats and medium cheeses. It will keep for three to five years.

2016 Vacqueyras ‘Blanc du Bary’ – Domaine Palon - 13.5% Alc./Vol.  LCBO Product No. 479385  $28.75/$172.50 per 6 bottle case
9 cases of six remain. Crafted from 80% Clairette and 20% Grenache Blanc, all hand-picked from vines averaging more than forty-five years of age. The yield was but 13 hl/ha! It has seen some new oak, but not too much. It is a clear, bright yellow-gold colour with a vibrant nose of grilled almonds, peaches, pears, honeysuckle, vanilla, exotic spices, toast and minerals. It is very smooth and extremely well balanced – lots of fruit offset by a gorgeous acidity. It is fresh, complex and rich with wonderful flavours of peaches and pears. It would be perfect, served at about 8°C, with oysters, other shell fish, fish, goat cheese and rich poultry dishes. Meant to be drunk young.

That’s it for now.


Jim, Hélène and Kate