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Date April 11, 2018 
Title Problems with LCBO On-Line Ordering 
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Dear Arthur Sellers Wine Club Member:

Over the past week you might have encountered problems trying to complete an order for one of our products on This is because the LCBO is currently experiencing administrative problems with their Products of the World and programs (growing pains?). We believe that the specific issue relating to our products lies in converting from by-the-case sales to by-the-bottle sales and we hope everything will be fully operational within the next day or two. Please bear with us as the array of our 2015 and 2016 wines from the Southern Rhône that is lurking in the wings is truly worth waiting for. We'll let you know as soon as everything is ready to go.

In the meantime, the Champagne Forget-Brimont Extra Brut 1er Cru and Rosé Brut 1er Cru along with the marvellous 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape 'Les Olivets' are in fact available for sale by the bottle on

Extra Brut 1er Cru - 12.0% Alc./Vol.   LCBO Product # 926625         $52.40/$314.40 for 6

This is really excellent apéritif Champagne in a delicate and refreshing style. Comprised of 50% Pinot Noir, 30% Pinot Meunier and 20% Chardonnay, (all 1er Cru and Grand Cru grapes) this crystal-clear Champagne possesses delightfully persistent tiny bubbles. Aromas of white flowers, citrus, pears and honeysuckle carry through in the mouth. It is beautifully fresh and lively with a long finish. This lovely fizz would be a special treat with lobster, oysters or caviar. Decanter magazine gave it a Five Star rating.

Rosé Brut 1er Cru - 12.0% Alc./Vol.   LCBO Product # 926633         $53.50/$321.00 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

At least $25 less than anything comparable at the LCBO.

2015 Châteauneuf du Pape ‘Les Olivets’ – 14.5% Alc./Vol.               $48.75/$292.50 for 6            LCBO Product No. 466267

Les Olivets’ comes from an 8.5 hectare plot of vines averaging 45 to 65 years of age. It is made from 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 10% Cinsault and is aged in oak foudres for six to eight months.

“The 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Les Olivets is made from 80% Grenache and 10% each of Syrah and Cinsault (vines averaging 45 to 65 years of age), aged in foudre, concrete tanks and tronconique tanks, its deep ruby/purple color is followed by a medium to full-bodied, textured red that has lots of red black fruits, roasted garrigue and hints of meatiness, sweet tannin and outstanding length. This is a great vintage for this cuvée that should drink well through 2025.” (90 – 92/100) Jeb Dunnuck, ‘The Wine Advocate’ October, 2017

Please note that the description of this wine on is incorrect at time of writing; however, the price is correct and you will be getting the 2015 Les Olivets.

Many thanks and cheers!

Jim, Hélène and Kate