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Originally posted by CSM:
Not sure this counts as a price alert, but more of an availability alert as I've never seen these actually on our shelves. Royal Bank Plaza has 5 bottles of 2010 Moss Wood Cab at $115.

Those were on sale at Vintages SoL last July for $89.25. I guess if you can't sell them for 90 bucks, you jack the price and send them to Bay Street. LOL


Hahahaha gotta love KGBO logic. The bottles did look noticeably dusty.
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Originally posted by JDWest:
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Originally posted by on the wine:
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Originally posted by CSM:
Not sure this counts as a price alert, but more of an availability alert as I've never seen these actually on our shelves. Royal Bank Plaza has 5 bottles of 2010 Moss Wood Cab at $115.

Those were on sale at Vintages SoL last July for $89.25. I guess if you can't sell them for 90 bucks, you jack the price and send them to Bay Street. LOL


I think those were the 2009's at $89.25.

You are correct - my apologies. And the original price was $119. But it was still worth making the crack! Big Grin
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Originally posted by on the wine:
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Originally posted by JDWest:
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Originally posted by on the wine:
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Originally posted by CSM:
Not sure this counts as a price alert, but more of an availability alert as I've never seen these actually on our shelves. Royal Bank Plaza has 5 bottles of 2010 Moss Wood Cab at $115.

Those were on sale at Vintages SoL last July for $89.25. I guess if you can't sell them for 90 bucks, you jack the price and send them to Bay Street. LOL


I think those were the 2009's at $89.25.

You are correct - my apologies. And the original price was $119. But it was still worth making the crack! Big Grin


And we all know that the KGBO has used that trick before! Roll Eyes
System wide discount on Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rosé Champagne on the General List. Originally $57.95, now $37.95 due to delisting.

Anyone tried this? I'm not positive it's even worth the $38 but it's not often you find a rose at that price.

Also of note I just noticed the LCBO added a "Check all stores" link to the products on their website. Quite a useful addition! Here is the product mentioned:

http://www.lcbo.com/lcbo/produ...ose-champagne/267039
Feuillatte Rosé is fine. Straightforward and no surprises or huge complexity but perfectly good. Certainly for $38 you won't go wrong.

I was always a fan of their single vineyard wines as few other houses do them and it was interesting to drink a Chouilly vs a Verzy Le Mensil. Palmes d'Or isn't worth the price (IMHO) but is good. Again I'd rather a bottle of MV Krug but....
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Originally posted by Wine Canuck:
Also of note I just noticed the LCBO added a "Check all stores" link to the products on their website. Quite a useful addition! Here is the product mentioned:



I always use the Vintages site instead - same info, better GUI. They've always had the "check all stores" button. The LCBO site used to be quite buggy.
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Stopped by the clearance center at Crossroads today and saw nothing except a pile (literally) of 2011 Bruno Rocca Rabaja and David Arthur Meritaggio, both of which have been gathering dust for a long time. Pretty much everything else was a bunch of crap that should be relegated to a land fill.


Can't find either of these on the website. Could they have been consignment returns? Do you recall what they cost?
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Originally posted by bman:

Can't find either of these on the website. Could they have been consignment returns? Do you recall what they cost?

$69.25 for the Bruno Rocca. The David Arthur is around $100 if I recall correctly.

$100 is for 2011 David Arthur Three Acre Cab. It wasn't on the shelf yesterday, although I'm sure there's lots left in back. The 2011 David Arthur Meritaggio is ~$54.

And yes, these are all consignment wines that have been seized by the KGBO.
I wandered into the Laird St store yesterday to pick up some more of the 2010 Pecchenino Barolo San Giuseppe and saw them preparing to do a large number of product markdowns. Some of the better values I saw were:

NV Rotari Brut $11.75
NV Tarlant Brut Zero $35
NV Gardet Brut Premier Cru $39
NV Gobillard Tradition $33
NV Barons de Rothchild Brut $53
2010 Sociando Mallet $49
2010 Quinta Da Romaneira Touriga Nacional/Syrah $22
2011 Patrice Magni CdP $37
2011 Champy Pernand-Vergelesses $39

There were many others, including Riussec sauternes, and a bunch of Burgundies that I can't recall.
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...and a bunch of Burgundies that I can't recall.

That sounds about right. Big Grin

Great price on the Rotari. I'd buy me more of that, especially at that price.

Well you don't see them on the shelf any more, do you?

Edit: Not to discourage anyone, all of the above were available on the shelf (with the exception of the Rotari) when I left the store, and most of the discount tags had not been put up yet.
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Originally posted by vinoevelo:
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
NV Fleury Pere & Fils Champagne Fleur de l'Europe

System-wide clearance at $51.75 down from $63.xx.


But is it worth $52? Anyone had it?


Andrew L. gave it a positive TN on CT, and the WS note is also positive. I like the Fleury style, so I picked up a bottle to try.

From WS: Rich, with hints of whole grain toast, date and honey lacing flavors of black currant, apple, candied orange zest and beeswax, all set on the fine, lightly creamy texture. Mouthwatering, with a lingering hint of fleur de sel. Drink now through 2020. (92)
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
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Originally posted by vinoevelo:
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
NV Fleury Pere & Fils Champagne Fleur de l'Europe

System-wide clearance at $51.75 down from $63.xx.


But is it worth $52? Anyone had it?


Andrew L. gave it a positive TN on CT, and the WS note is also positive. I like the Fleury style, so I picked up a bottle to try.

From WS: Rich, with hints of whole grain toast, date and honey lacing flavors of black currant, apple, candied orange zest and beeswax, all set on the fine, lightly creamy texture. Mouthwatering, with a lingering hint of fleur de sel. Drink now through 2020. (92)

There seem to be a lot of markdowns on champagne at the KGBO lately. The buyer must have over-indulged this past holiday period.

The tasting note above is not the most recent one on WS. Nor is the one shown on the KGBO web site. Here is the one from November 2014:

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An elegant Champagne, with a delicate, creamy mousse and a subtle mesh of apple, white cherry, marzipan and biscuit notes, underscored by a streak of smoky minerality that lingers on the finish. Drink now through 2019. (AN91)
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Originally posted by on the wine:
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
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Originally posted by vinoevelo:
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
NV Fleury Pere & Fils Champagne Fleur de l'Europe

System-wide clearance at $51.75 down from $63.xx.


But is it worth $52? Anyone had it?


Andrew L. gave it a positive TN on CT, and the WS note is also positive. I like the Fleury style, so I picked up a bottle to try.

From WS: Rich, with hints of whole grain toast, date and honey lacing flavors of black currant, apple, candied orange zest and beeswax, all set on the fine, lightly creamy texture. Mouthwatering, with a lingering hint of fleur de sel. Drink now through 2020. (92)

There seem to be a lot of markdowns on champagne at the KGBO lately. The buyer must have over-indulged this past holiday period.

The tasting note above is not the most recent one on WS. Nor is the one shown on the KGBO web site. Here is the one from November 2014:

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An elegant Champagne, with a delicate, creamy mousse and a subtle mesh of apple, white cherry, marzipan and biscuit notes, underscored by a streak of smoky minerality that lingers on the finish. Drink now through 2019. (AN91)


Seems worthwhile taking a flyer on a couple of bottles. Like OTW, I noticed the number of Champagne markdowns as well. Are there any others that anyone has tried, or is familiar with?
I'm also generally not much of a fleury fan. Not that there is anything wrong with the house but they seem quite variable. Having so many different cuvees adds to the confusion and variability. They are generally known for low dosage, so if that's your thing go for it, but I like a bit of dosage personally.

I trust AML's palate so this is probably pretty solid, but for the reasons mentioned above I'm a pass.
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Originally posted by Wine Canuck:
I'm also generally not much of a fleury fan. Not that there is anything wrong with the house but they seem quite variable. Having so many different cuvees adds to the confusion and variability. They are generally known for low dosage, so if that's your thing go for it, but I like a bit of dosage personally.

I trust AML's palate so this is probably pretty solid, but for the reasons mentioned above I'm a pass.


Thanks all for the input here. I'm tempted to try a single bottle just to see what it's like. I'm not sure where I sit re: low/no dosage as I still have lots to learn re: Champagne in general.
I had the Fleury 5 times in about 2 weeks and other than my last bottle being corked, I thought it was a nice wine. I think it is relatively true to the house style, in that the dosage is low, and the acids are quite brisk. If you have historically not enjoyed Fleury, you will probably not enjoy this wine.

In Champagne, you have to pay to play, and finding value, especially here, is quite difficult. Despite the markdown, I'm still not quite sure there is value here, but given the limited selection and our sinking currency, so as long as it is available, I will keep buying as I like the profile.

YMMV...
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Originally posted by VinCentric:
Thanks all for the input here. I'm tempted to try a single bottle just to see what it's like. I'm not sure where I sit re: low/no dosage as I still have lots to learn re: Champagne in general.

I'm all over the map with my Champagne preferences both in terms of dosage and taste profile. The only thing I don't enjoy is super high dosage. If it starts to hit double digits with the dosage, I tend to lose interest.
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Originally posted by VinCentric:
Thansk AML, Sunnylea. I'm leaning towards a pass on this one. Another I'm thinking of getting is 1999 Billecart Cuvee Cuvee Nicholas... $75 on Buckley PCP.


$75 for the Nicolas-Francois is a good deal for a really nice Champagne. Low dosage but more than 50% pinot (and at least partially barrel fermented I think) makes it big and rich but pretty racy as well. Pleases the autolytics crowd like me and the lemon curd guys as well.
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the lemon curd guys

I remember them from The Wizard of Oz. They were part of the opening song when Dorothy first arrived in Oz. They appeared right after the Lollipop Guild.

That always makes me think of Good Morning Vietnam What is a demilitarized zone? with the wicked witch of the north, Hanoi Hanna.

LOL
I haven't seen that film in ages, and I'd completely forgotten about that scene. Thanks!
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Originally posted by 7smcb:
Does anyone know the present status of Vintages Shop Online? It seems entirely moribund. It is now allegedly updated monthly, but nothing new has been added in 2015, I think.

Its alive. They will update it with Classics stuff. They also move stuff from online to the stores in hopes of moving them.
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Originally posted by VinCentric:
JOSÉ DHONDT BLANC DE BLANCS BRUT CHAMPAGNE $41 from $54 at Burnamthorpe (1 bottle). There are a very limited number at other stores. Not sure if they're marked down there as well. PC discretion is my guess on this one. Good notes from WS and CT.


I think that's only at that store. The LCBO site still says $54. Did you take that one bottle?
The store at York Mills and Leslie seems to have gotten into the act as well - is this what used to be known as the bin end sale which occurred at the end of every February? Their discount level seems to be 30% - I guess that comes with not being a flagship store.

Notable pickups included:

2012 Le Serre dell'Ornellaia $42
2012 Guidalberto $53
2012 Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay $47
2011 Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe La Crau $68
2004 La Rioja Alta Ardanza Riserva $28
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Originally posted by Wine Canuck:
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Originally posted by VinCentric:
JOSÉ DHONDT BLANC DE BLANCS BRUT CHAMPAGNE $41 from $54 at Burnamthorpe (1 bottle). There are a very limited number at other stores. Not sure if they're marked down there as well. PC discretion is my guess on this one. Good notes from WS and CT.


I think that's only at that store. The LCBO site still says $54. Did you take that one bottle?


Yes, tucked away in the cellar now.

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