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Originally posted by Wine Canuck:
Something I thought a few of you might be interested in. Yesterday the NV Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Brut, Grand Cru went on sale for $42.55 LCBO wide, down about $10. If you follow David Lawrason or John Szabo they each gave it a 93, stating great value at it's original $53 price tag. I thought I'd pass along the word now that I've stocked up myself. 368 left in the province, happy hunting.


One less in the province after yesterday. Smile
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Originally posted by Wine Canuck:
Something I thought a few of you might be interested in. Yesterday the NV Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Brut, Grand Cru went on sale for $42.55 LCBO wide, down about $10. If you follow David Lawrason or John Szabo they each gave it a 93, stating great value at it's original $53 price tag. I thought I'd pass along the word now that I've stocked up myself. 368 left in the province, happy hunting.

Good one!
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Originally posted by Wine Canuck:
Something I thought a few of you might be interested in. Yesterday the NV Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Brut, Grand Cru went on sale for $42.55 LCBO wide, down about $10. If you follow David Lawrason or John Szabo they each gave it a 93, stating great value at it's original $53 price tag. I thought I'd pass along the word now that I've stocked up myself. 368 left in the province, happy hunting.


I picked up a couple of bottles of this when it was released, and popped one open this past weekend after I noticed that it would be going on sale. I don't have detailed reflections on it as company was over at the time, but wouldn't say it was quite at the 93-point level. My impression was that it couldn't decide whether to be powerful or whether to be truly elegant/delicate. That said, it is nice bubbly: I'd put it at 91 points, and I've bought 2 more bottles at the new price.
Thank you, @Horton, for the TN.

I'm on the fence, mostly because I don't know the house and don't tend to like blanc de blancs as much as blends. You've held me stay on the fence and save some cash!
The LCBO will be running a chain wide sale starting July 14th.
Linky
Nothing too exciting to me, but an FYI for those interested:
TANDEM VAN DER KAMP PINOT NOIR 2006 - $23.95
Thanks Wine Canuck, this is a very helpful heads up.

Can anyone comment on the Quebrada Cab from Chile? Looks like an interesting buy at $30.

Looking at the Bordeaux, the '06 Pichon Longueville Lalande on sale from $189 to $149. You can get this right now at PJ Wines for $115 US! Same with the '05 Lynsolence where the "sale" price of $89 (from $115) is still $30 above what you can get in the US. Just shows how ridiculously overpriced these wines were to begin with.

Also like how the Hagafen Zin is only $2 off from $30 to $28. Roll Eyes
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Originally posted by Horton:
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Originally posted by Wine Canuck:
Something I thought a few of you might be interested in. Yesterday the NV Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Brut, Grand Cru went on sale for $42.55 LCBO wide, down about $10. If you follow David Lawrason or John Szabo they each gave it a 93, stating great value at it's original $53 price tag. I thought I'd pass along the word now that I've stocked up myself. 368 left in the province, happy hunting.


I picked up a couple of bottles of this when it was released, and popped one open this past weekend after I noticed that it would be going on sale. I don't have detailed reflections on it as company was over at the time, but wouldn't say it was quite at the 93-point level. My impression was that it couldn't decide whether to be powerful or whether to be truly elegant/delicate. That said, it is nice bubbly: I'd put it at 91 points, and I've bought 2 more bottles at the new price.


Thanks........I grabbed three as well.
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Originally posted by Wine Canuck:
The LCBO will be running a chain wide sale starting July 14th.


Thanks for the heads up on the Tandem.

The Sadie Family Columella 2007 looks interesting. Anybody ever tried it or know anything about it?
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Originally posted by Stevey:

Can anyone comment on the Quebrada Cab from Chile? Looks like an interesting buy at $30.


I've had several vintages and think this is one of the most unique, in a good way, cabs I've ever had. I defy you to try it blind and guess that it's a South American cab. Frankly I've bought it at a higher price and thought it a good QPR.
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Originally posted by futronic:
Wow, that's a pretty crappy sale.

+1

Complete and total pass. Much easier to hose us on good vintages of Barolo, Barbaresco, Brunello, CdP and Bdx at full price.
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Originally posted by bman:
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Originally posted by Stevey:

Can anyone comment on the Quebrada Cab from Chile? Looks like an interesting buy at $30.


I've had several vintages and think this is one of the most unique, in a good way, cabs I've ever had. I defy you to try it blind and guess that it's a South American cab. Frankly I've bought it at a higher price and thought it a good QPR.


I agree 100%. The Domus Aurea is the only thing I'll chase down from this otherwise snoozeworthy list.
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Originally posted by Horton:
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Originally posted by bman:
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Originally posted by Stevey:

Can anyone comment on the Quebrada Cab from Chile? Looks like an interesting buy at $30.


I've had several vintages and think this is one of the most unique, in a good way, cabs I've ever had. I defy you to try it blind and guess that it's a South American cab. Frankly I've bought it at a higher price and thought it a good QPR.


I agree 100%. The Domus Aurea is the only thing I'll chase down from this otherwise snoozeworthy list.


Well, that was quick...all gone already?
Website seems have deleted all references to the Domus Aurea. Too bad, it is one of mrs. bman's all-time favourites Frown
There are several locations that still have it -- you'll have to call your local store to find out which though.
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Originally posted by VinToronto:
The Sadie Family Columella 2007 looks interesting. Anybody ever tried it or know anything about it?


I've tried a couple of previous vintages of the Columella and it was outstanding. Best red wine I've ever had from South Africa. Worth $70 imo.
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Originally posted by bman:
Website seems have deleted all references to the Domus Aurea. Too bad, it is one of mrs. bman's all-time favourites Frown


LCBO inventory system is as trustworthy as a Hyundai Pony (and probably as just as old). There were few to begin with accessible to GTA folks. I took the last bottles at Ave Rd/Lawrence and Summerhill.
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Originally posted by steve8:
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Originally posted by VinToronto:
The Sadie Family Columella 2007 looks interesting. Anybody ever tried it or know anything about it?


I've tried a couple of previous vintages of the Columella and it was outstanding. Best red wine I've ever had from South Africa. Worth $70 imo.


Thanks for the feedback, steve8.
Trying hard not to be a sco ho here but this wine received IWC94, WS95, ST94, and Tim Atkin from Decanter magazine gave it 19/20 and called it the best red coming out of South Africa in a 2009 article.
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Originally posted by VinToronto:
Thanks for the feedback, steve8.
Trying hard not to be a sco ho here but this wine received IWC94, WS95, ST94, and Tim Atkin from Decanter magazine gave it 19/20 and called it the best red coming out of South Africa in a 2009 article.


Just ignore all of that and take my word for it. Wink

I looked at Vintages Online last night and could not find the Columella, even though it was clearly on their sale list. Has it already sold out?
The scores just prove how right you were... Smile

Yes, the Columella seems to have joined the Domus Aurea in the netherworld of LCBO cyberspace. But I'll bet there are stores that still have it. I think the PC's have access to a more reliable inventory snapshot at the store. I'll check with Nicos over lunch. He's now at the Woodchester store in Mississauga. Smile
The Domus is still available at the Bloor and Royal York location. They had 20 bottles. I scooped 4 and there was another order packaged up of three at the cash. Call first.

The Columella is available at the Promenade location. Supposedly 12 bottles left.

There may be other stores that still have stock. Your best bet is to call vintages because they can give you the stock info that is not showing up on the website.
Generally speaking, the LCBO removes references to bin-end sale inventory on the website. Apparently people have the time and/or ability to visit 40 different stores on the off chance there's stock.
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Originally posted by futronic:
Generally speaking, the LCBO removes references to bin-end sale inventory on the website. Apparently people have the time and/or ability to visit 40 different stores on the off chance there's stock.


It boggles my mind that they remove this information. If it is a sale and you are looking to clear out your inventory, why would you take away the easiest way for your customer to find the product?
If anyone's near the main Queens Quay store, I noticed some 2007 Diadema D'Amare on the shelves for $22.50. This is an excellent price for this wine and I left 2 bottles on the shelf. Apparently they "found" a box out in the back just sitting there and decided to put it out.

Also on the shelf at QQ is about 8 bottles of Diadema Bianco in a beautiful golden bottle. It's on sale for about $44 down from $58.

None of these are in LCBO's inventory system so don't bother checking.
Just opened one. It's a solid bottle, really showed well with a white bean veggie cassoulet. Not stunning but worth getting a few more.
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Originally posted by tannic bastard:
Just opened one. It's a solid bottle, really showed well with a white bean veggie cassoulet. Not stunning but worth getting a few more.


Great, thanks.

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