Dear Arthur’s Cellar Wine Club Member:
As many of you have discovered, there is no more 2017 Cuvée Esparza Côtes du Rhône from Domain Palon currently available at LCBO.com. Here’s why:
The LCBO has created separate warehouse space for the products that they sell via LCBO.com. But, this space is evidently quite limited. No matter how beseechingly I implore them to make all of a given wine available on LCBO.com, they do so for just a small portion, often just a case of 12. In the case of the Cuvée Esparza, it was 72 bottles, although there was a total inventory of 263 bottles. The 72 bottles were sold in less than a day.
Now then, you would think that the LCBO would have an automated monitoring function that would alert them to the need to move more inventory to LCBO.com whenever a product sold out. Nope. I have to do this and then advise them of the need for replenishment. Once they have acknowledged this fact, it takes a week or so for them to actually do so. And, how much they move is anybody’s guess. In this case they have 191 bottles at their disposal.
All this to say that there is plenty more 2017 Cuvée Esparza at the LCBO’s disposal and with any luck some or all of it will be available to order by the end of this coming week. I’ll send out a note to let you know when it is.
By the way, the Palon’s white Vacqueyras has really sold out.
When it is available, please let me know if you would like me to place your orders directly with LCBO.com for you.