Arthur Sellers Bulletin Archive
Dear Arthur's Cellar Wine Club Member:
2016 Côtes du Rhône ‘Cuvée Esparza’ – Domaine Palon – 16.0% Alc./Vol. LCBO Product No. 479369 $20.90 per bottle
2016 Vacqueyras ‘Blanc du Bary’ – Domaine Palon - 13.5% Alc./Vol. LCBO Product No. 479385 $28.75 per bottle
2016 Vacqueyras Rouge – 15.0% Alc./Vol. LCBO Product No. 479377 $29.95 per bottle
2016 Gigondas Rouge – 15.0% Alc./Vol. LCBO Product No. 479393 $32.95 per bottle
This elegant Gigondas is made from 79% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 6% Mourvèdre hand-picked from seven hectares of vines averaging well over fifty years of age. The Syrah and Mourvèdre are aged for twelve months in new oak casks. It is a pure purple with a lustrous sheen and offers up pronounced aromas of blackberries, black cherry jam, pepper, roasted coffee beans, garrigue, pepper, clove and licorice. It is surprisingly big and velvety in the mouth with gentle tannins and a long, perfumed finish. I’d like to see another six months to a year on it to get everything in proper balance. Served just below room temperature, this most impressive wine will go perfectly with magrets de canard, wild game, roasts and medium cheeses. I’d decant it for at least an hour before drinking. It will cellar well for ten to fifteen years.
2016 ‘Les Notes de Louis’ Côtes du Rhône – 15.5% Alc./Vol. LCBO Product No. 492313 $19.30 per bottle
2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Rouge – 15.0% Alc./Vol. LCBO Product No. 492321 $42.75 per bottle
2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Rouge ‘Les Galets Jeanne’ - 14.5% Alc./Vol. LCBO Product No. 492339 $52.00 per bottle
2016 Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc ‘Cuvée Flora’ - 14.0% Alc./Vol. LCBO Product No. 492347 $40.50 per bottle
2015 Châteauneuf du Pape ‘Les Olivets’ – 14.5% Alc./Vol. LCBO Product No. 466267 $48.75 per bottle
“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
I would give this marvellous Châteauneuf a couple of years before broaching and expect it to evolve wonderfully for the next fifteen years or so.
Brut 1er Cru – 12.0% Alc./Vol. LCBO Product # 926617 $48.35 per bottle
Here’s what Alison Napjus said about it in the December 31, 2012 edition of the ‘Wine Spectator’ – “Firm and focused by racy acidity, this is lightly chalky in texture, offering tightly knit flavors of ripe Gala apple, anise, black currant candy, fresh ginger and biscuit. Fine balance. $63 (wow, note the price – US$!!) – 91/100”. Robert Parker rated it a 90!
Extra Brut 1er Cru - 12.0% Alc./Vol. LCBO Product # 926625 $52.40 per bottle
Rosé Brut 1er Cru - 12.0% Alc./Vol. LCBO Product # 926633 $53.50 per bottle
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”
It would be really spiffy if you would pass this note on to anyone you think might be interested in our Arthur Sellers wines.
Many thanks and cheers!
Jim, Hélène and Kate