Arthur Sellers Bulletin Archive
Dear Arthur’s Cellar Wine Club Member:
The last 54 bottles of the marvelous 2016 ‘Cuvée Esparza’ Côtes du Rhône from Domaine Palon have just been posted on LCBO.com. This is much more like a big, powerful Vacqueyras than a Côtes du Rhône! When they’re gone, they’re all gone for this year. Please let me know if you would like me to order for you; just tell me what you would like and to which LCBO store you would like your order sent.
2016 Côtes du Rhône ‘Cuvée Esparza’ – Domaine Palon – 16.0% Alc./Vol. LCBO Product No. 479369 $20.90 per bottle
A few of the following Palon 2016 treasures also remain:
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.
It would be really spiffy if you would pass this note on to anyone you think might be interested in some very, very good 2016 Southern Rhônes.
Many thanks and cheers!
Jim, Hélène and Kate