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Originally posted by vinoevelo:
Was at weston today - they had a few cases of 2011 bruno rocca barbaresco rabaja @ $69.25

The Bruno Rocca Rabaja has been gathering dust for a couple of weeks now. Compared to US pricing, it's not a bad value but I guess there aren't enough Barbaresco fans prowling around the 401-Weston Rd area.
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Originally posted by vinoevelo:
Have you tried it OTW?


I visited the winery with OTW on our fall excursion: most/only disappointing winery visit of the trip. IIRC, OTW was looking to taste the Rabaja, especially the 2010 and all we got was their lower end wines:

Bruno Rocca tasted at the winery:
2013 Langhe Chardonnay
2013 Tribole Dolcetto d’Alba
2012 Barbaresco
2010 Barbaresco Coparossa

The tasting was underwhelming.

I'd be interested to hear if OTW has had a chance to taste it elsewhere.

In contrast, our visit to Sottimano made me want to load up on Sottimano and seek out other good Barbaresco.
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Originally posted by vinoevelo:
Have you tried it OTW?

I've had the 2008 Bruno Rocca Rabaja and thought it was a bit light but nicely balance and smooth.

I was quite disappointed at being told the 2011 Rabaja was unavailable during our visit to the winery. I didn't just drop in because I was in the neighbourhood. Much as I enjoyed meeting Elena Oberto and Bruno, and admiring Bruno's motorcycle, I would rather have drunk the 2011 Rabaja.

Like VinCentric, I would sooner buy Sottimano'a Barbaresco. I thought each of the 2011's had a lot of distinctive vineyard character and all of them were really tasty. Another Barbaresco winery I was impressed with was Cigliuti. I tasted their Barbaresco Serraboella from multiple vintages and was impressed.
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Originally posted by vinoevelo:
Thanks guys!

I still bought a few... you know declining $CDN and whatnot.

Totally understand. The distinctions are just a matter of personal preference. If you look at the professional reviewers, they clearly give the Bruno Rocca Rabaja the highest scores.

And who would you rather believe ... a Pro, or an amateur Punter like me?
I've seen a couple of the SOL products sneak through the Clearance Center lately. On Friday morning, I stopped in at Crossroads on the way out to Guelph and found some Gaston-Chiquet B de B Brut on sale for $37.50. That seemed weird because it’s currently available on Vintages Shop-on-Line for $59. The answer is that the bottles being cleared were classed as consignment and the ones on SOL are not. Apparently, this makes them different wines/products at the KGBO. Really?!?!? This is an organisation without a brain in its head. Or maybe a brain but no judgement.

Another customer I met a the store said there was another champagne that went through there last week. The quantities are small, so you have to be quick.
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Picked up a bottle of the 2009 Othello at the Stittsville store for $33 (regularly $43).

Curious to know your thoughts on this once you pop it.

+1

I bought one over a year ago and never seem to find a good time to open it. Let us know if it's ready.


Will do. Don't have any specific plans to drink it anytime soon though.
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Originally posted by The Web:
Picked up a bottle of the 2009 Othello at the Stittsville store for $33 (regularly $43).


Hey! No scoopin my store!!! Wink


It is a good store for discounts. A little out of the way for me, but I try to get there once or twice a month.


Shhhhh.... not so loud!!!

The manager is a bit of a douche, but Sherry White (Vintages Consultant) is awesome. Really knows her stuff and will literally MOVE MOUNTAINS to bring in whatever I want, from anywhere in the province.
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The manager is a bit of a douche...

Funny how often I have heard that expression. Must be what it takes to get ahead in the KGBO.


I think it's likely a nice to have, not a must have on their qualifications for promotion. A number of store managers have actually been really good people, who have gone out of their way to be helpful, including holding popular wines for me (before I asked). Higher up, Tom Wilson was good to me on a number of occasions and always a straight shooter imo. I believe Tom did his best given the constraints of the KGBO.
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Originally posted by VinCentric:
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Originally posted by on the wine:
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The manager is a bit of a douche...

Funny how often I have heard that expression. Must be what it takes to get ahead in the KGBO.


I think it's likely a nice to have, not a must have on their qualifications for promotion. A number of store managers have actually been really good people, who have gone out of their way to be helpful, including holding popular wines for me (before I asked). Higher up, Tom Wilson was good to me on a number of occasions and always a straight shooter imo. I believe Tom did his best given the constraints of the KGBO.


Two more great PCs are Celeste and Terry at the Burlington store at Appleby and New Streets. Never any hesitation in bringing in wines from other stores or offering limited bottles they think I'll like. First class people.
I'll give a nod to a couple of PC's who have always treated me well.

Lou at Laird - Always helpful, great reco's and hasn't hesitated to either put something aside or bring something in for me.

Andy, formerly of Laird, now at Summerhill. Never seen the man not smile. Always helpful and willing to find me what I am looking for.

For any of you Little Britain fans, it was a bit of a shame to hear that Andy left Lou to go to Summerhill.
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Originally posted by JDWest:
I'll give a nod to a couple of PC's who have always treated me well.

Lou at Laird - Always helpful, great reco's and hasn't hesitated to either put something aside or bring something in for me.

Andy, formerly of Laird, now at Summerhill. Never seen the man not smile. Always helpful and willing to find me what I am looking for.

For any of you Little Britain fans, it was a bit of a shame to hear that Andy left Lou to go to Summerhill.


Lou is better off -- Andy was consistently a dickhead to him!
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Originally posted by Bytown Rick:
Natalé at the Bank Street store has always looked after me. I usually know what I want, but I invariably ask what he has tasted and what he recommends. I can trust his advice, and that's the bottom line.

Rick


He's another one of the good ones - first at Vanier store, then the flagship. Can't believe how much weight he's lost!
I was just at Weston & 401 and as expected the "deals" are pretty poor. I actually found better deals in the Vintages section itself. The best one I noted was that they had marked down Ridge Monte Bello 2011 375mL to $68 from $86 (750mL still going for $155), so I bought a couple. Not a fabulous steal, but still a deal and a great producer which we don't often see these days. LCBO online still shows $86 per so this is a store level markdown.

I later called them because I only saw one left and they confirmed that LCBO inventory says they have 17 left although the individual I was speaking to didn't do a physical check. Perhaps more in storage but if you want some perhaps call in advance.
Stopped in at Crossroads this afternoon to pick up 3 x 375ml bottles of 2011 Ridge Monte Bello per Vijay's advice above. The PC at Crossroads must still be riding on training wheels - either that or he's acting the part for a starring role in a Dumb and Dumber sequel!

While I was there, I found 4 bottles of champagne in the clearance section:

NV Gaston Chiquet Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne d'Aÿ (disgorged September 2013) ($37.95 this time - I don't understand why the price increased by 45 cents since last week)
NV Vilmart Champagne Cuvée Rubis ($37.95)
NV Gardet Brut Blancs de Blancs ($50.50)
NV Gardet Brut Rosé ($57.50)

The two Georges Gardet champagnes appear to be KGBO lab samples. I don't imagine that the price for these two bottles is all that special - but I don't really know since the internet seemed to have very little information about them. However the Vilmart seemed to be a genuine value, although I've never had one before so can't say for sure.

@Rob S. --> any input/comments about these wines?
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Originally posted by 7smcb:
The Vilmart is a very good find at that price, I should think. I've never had the Rubis, but the Grand Cellier, which I found at Crossroads a few years ago, is pretty good stuff.

Was there any left?

Sorry for not answering earlier. No, there was just 1 bottle of Vilmart Cuvée Rubis and I took it.
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Originally posted by on the wine:
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Originally posted by 7smcb:
The Vilmart is a very good find at that price, I should think. I've never had the Rubis, but the Grand Cellier, which I found at Crossroads a few years ago, is pretty good stuff.

Was there any left?

Sorry for not answering earlier. No, there was just 1 bottle of Vilmart Cuvée Rubis and I took it.


Sorry, just saw this. Vilmart is "poor man's Krug" and the Rubis is a really nice rose which sees a bit of oak. I'm a fan and that's a deal at double the price. Good score.
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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
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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.
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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


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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Originally posted by on the wine:
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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Originally posted by on the wine:
...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 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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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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Originally posted by 7smcb:
I was up at Laird yesterday and found a number of items on sale.

Seems most if not all are knocked down 25%. They include 2009 Lafon Rochet, 2010 De Fieuzel, 2010 Gloria, NV Besseret de Belfon, 2012 Vieux Donjon etc etc etc.


Popped by Laird yesterday on this recommendation. Gloria and Besserat de Bellefon appeared to be gone, but the other three were there. Other notables that were there on discount:

2010 Rol Valentin - $46
2011 Churchill's Vintage Port - $67
Burmeester 10 Year Tawny Port - $20 (a steal!)
2009 Henry of Pelham Cuvee Catherine - $33
2011 Jean Claude Boisset Chambolle Musigny - $51
2010 Filhot 375 - $17
2010 Rieussec 375 - $46

From what I can see all of these are store specific 25% off discounts.
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Originally posted by on the wine:
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


Stopped by York Mills/Leslie today. All of the above were no longer on the shelves, except Le Serre dell'Ornellaia which was still there and discounted. Other notables were:

2012 Kistler Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast - $60
2009 Saffredi - $67
NV Pommery Brut - $41
1994 Poças Colheita Port - $29

I also took a flyer on 2012 Fazio Aegades Grillo at $12.
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Originally posted by Wine Canuck:
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Originally posted by on the wine:
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


Stopped by York Mills/Leslie today. All of the above were no longer on the shelves, except Le Serre dell'Ornellaia which was still there and discounted. Other notables were:

2012 Kistler Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast - $60
2009 Saffredi - $67
NV Pommery Brut - $41
1994 Poças Colheita Port - $29

I also took a flyer on 2012 Fazio Aegades Grillo at $12.


Thanks Wine Canuck, I picked up some of the 2009 Saffredi; still 2 or 3 left if anyone wants them. Cheers,
Thought about the Monbousquet, but I didn't buy any of the 2010 when it came out for $69, so why buy a lesser vintage for the same price?

I almost looks like they went on W-S and set all prices at or near W-S low. Not sure there are any steals to be had here, but a few decent wines at fair market.

Not buying anything personally, would need to see a real deal.
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Originally posted by Wine Canuck:
Thought about the Monbousquet, but I didn't buy any of the 2010 when it came out for $69, so why buy a lesser vintage for the same price?

I almost looks like they went on W-S and set all prices at or near W-S low. Not sure there are any steals to be had here, but a few decent wines at fair market.

Not buying anything personally, would need to see a real deal.


If that is how they priced I think that might be a step in the right direction, though I suspect it is only coincidental.
I checked out some of the cheaper bottles and found some that seem to be good value, based on the winesearcher average price, at least (all costs Canadian dollars):

Château Pichon-Longueville-Baron 2006 Vintages $100/Winesearcher $150
Château Langoa-Barton 2006 Vintages $55/Winesearcher $79
Château Lagrange 2006 Vintages $50/Winesearcher $70
Château La Fleur de Gay 2006 Vintages $80/Winesearcher $118
Château La Providence 2006 Vintages $90/Winesearcher $128
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Originally posted by Machine:
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Originally posted by Wine Canuck:
Thought about the Monbousquet, but I didn't buy any of the 2010 when it came out for $69, so why buy a lesser vintage for the same price?

I almost looks like they went on W-S and set all prices at or near W-S low. Not sure there are any steals to be had here, but a few decent wines at fair market.

Not buying anything personally, would need to see a real deal.


If that is how they priced I think that might be a step in the right direction, though I suspect it is only coincidental.


Their strategy seems to be continue to price them high to begin and then reduce to clear later if needed. Lately, it seems instead of a system-wide bin end sale, they've directed individual stores to clear stale inventory as they see fit.

I don't see any must buys on this Bordeaux sale but at least they've lowered the prices to be competitive with US market, which make them "good" deals by LCBO standards.
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I might have bit on 2006 monbousquet but I don't see any in inventory. Maybe the 06 cos?


I phoned. No Monbousquet in the system according to the operator. Cos is in stores only. I just picked up a couple at Royal York. They should have 8 bottles left.

The Cos price seems favorable vis WS low once shipping and any duty is included.
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Originally posted by Machine:
I might have bit on 2006 monbousquet but I don't see any in inventory. Maybe the 06 cos?


I phoned. No Monbousquet in the system according to the operator. Cos is in stores only. I just picked up a couple at Royal York. They should have 8 bottles left.

The Cos price seems favorable vis WS low once shipping and any duty is included.


Agreed. Hate to have excuses to open bottles, but maybe we should share cost on another bottle and pop it and see if worthy of keeping?
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Originally posted by Machine:
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Originally posted by VinCentric:
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Originally posted by Machine:
I might have bit on 2006 monbousquet but I don't see any in inventory. Maybe the 06 cos?


I phoned. No Monbousquet in the system according to the operator. Cos is in stores only. I just picked up a couple at Royal York. They should have 8 bottles left.

The Cos price seems favorable vis WS low once shipping and any duty is included.


Agreed. Hate to have excuses to open bottles, but maybe we should share cost on another bottle and pop it and see if worthy of keeping?


I'm up for splitting the cost and popping a bottle of 2006 Cos.
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Originally posted by Bigprovolone:
This "Sale" is an easy pass for me! Not only are most of the prices still too high but it was my wedding year, so needless to say for those that know me i dont want any wine from the vintage! I actually have a pair of 2006 Palmer if anyone wants them i will do a better price than the LCBO sale!


This may not be the last price drop for the 2006 Palmer. The reason for different SKU numbers on the same product is different suppliers. The cumulative inventory showing for the 2006 Palmer is north of 1200 bottles.
Could nnnn not resist.

Bought 2 of the Cos. Good pricing ($140 Cdn)for that wine. Best price in the US is about $140 US, plus exchange plus the border tax vig.

All bottles at Cooper were bought up by an agent (no bottle limits set, no bottles for lowly consumers), but found some at Manulife Centre store. If you want (need, NEED) a Cos fix, phone 1st then hurry there.
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Originally posted by jhcwine:
Could nnnn not resist.

Bought 2 of the Cos. Good pricing ($140 Cdn)for that wine. Best price in the US is about $140 US, plus exchange plus the border tax vig.

All bottles at Cooper were bought up by an agent (no bottle limits set, no bottles for lowly consumers), but found some at Manulife Centre store. If you want (need, NEED) a Cos fix, phone 1st then hurry there.

As of yesterday afternoon, there are still a few bottles at Bayview Village. They put it at the back, so you have to ask for it.
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Originally posted by hare:
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Originally posted by jhcwine:
Could nnnn not resist.

Bought 2 of the Cos. Good pricing ($140 Cdn)for that wine. Best price in the US is about $140 US, plus exchange plus the border tax vig.

All bottles at Cooper were bought up by an agent (no bottle limits set, no bottles for lowly consumers), but found some at Manulife Centre store. If you want (need, NEED) a Cos fix, phone 1st then hurry there.

As of yesterday afternoon, there are still a few bottles at Bayview Village. They put it at the back, so you have to ask for it.


I picked up the last 2 bottles at Avenue/Lawrence tonight. Thanks for the heads up guys. Any of the other bottles from the Bordeaux sale worth picking up?
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Originally posted by Enigma54:
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Originally posted by hare:
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Originally posted by jhcwine:
Could nnnn not resist.

Bought 2 of the Cos. Good pricing ($140 Cdn)for that wine. Best price in the US is about $140 US, plus exchange plus the border tax vig.

All bottles at Cooper were bought up by an agent (no bottle limits set, no bottles for lowly consumers), but found some at Manulife Centre store. If you want (need, NEED) a Cos fix, phone 1st then hurry there.

As of yesterday afternoon, there are still a few bottles at Bayview Village. They put it at the back, so you have to ask for it.


I picked up the last 2 bottles at Avenue/Lawrence tonight. Thanks for the heads up guys. Any of the other bottles from the Bordeaux sale worth picking up?


Picked up a bottle in London today.

Bfw
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Originally posted by bfw:
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Originally posted by Enigma54:
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Originally posted by hare:
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Originally posted by jhcwine:
Could nnnn not resist.

Bought 2 of the Cos. Good pricing ($140 Cdn)for that wine. Best price in the US is about $140 US, plus exchange plus the border tax vig.

All bottles at Cooper were bought up by an agent (no bottle limits set, no bottles for lowly consumers), but found some at Manulife Centre store. If you want (need, NEED) a Cos fix, phone 1st then hurry there.

As of yesterday afternoon, there are still a few bottles at Bayview Village. They put it at the back, so you have to ask for it.


I picked up the last 2 bottles at Avenue/Lawrence tonight. Thanks for the heads up guys. Any of the other bottles from the Bordeaux sale worth picking up?


Picked up a bottle in London today.

Bfw


Got 3 last week in Oakville - there were 2 left
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Originally posted by FunkySeeFunkyDoo:
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Originally posted by VinT:
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Originally posted by steve8:
I passed on the 2011 because of the weakness of the vintage. Sounds like a mistake. And the SAQ never got the 2010. Frown

LCBO has so much 2011 left, they knocked the price from $56 to $44, which (gasp) makes it WS Low (except for the store in San Diego listing it for $17).

I'd be happy to pick up as many as you want and hold 'em 'til next we meet. I will certainly be getting more, as I think it'll be even better in five years.


I actually picked it up about 3 weeks ago at my local store knocked down to a clearance price of $36. Very good price for a pretty good wine -- wish I'd bought more than 1 bottle.

Still lots left in Ottawa at the $44 price.


Re: the 2011 Chapoutier dit Malakoff -- I've now seen it at multiple stores in Ottawa marked down to $36. A good buy at that price.
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Originally posted by on the wine:
Stopped by the clearance center at Crossroads today

...

Pretty much everything else was a bunch of crap that should be relegated to a land fill.


I was up there this past weekend - it was completely devoid of anything of interest, and with almost zero turnover, much as it has been for several months.

Does anyone know anything about the decline of the clearance store? Is the LCBO doing something different, or is this just a fallow period?
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Originally posted by 7smcb:
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Originally posted by on the wine:
Stopped by the clearance center at Crossroads today

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Pretty much everything else was a bunch of crap that should be relegated to a land fill.


I was up there this past weekend - it was completely devoid of anything of interest, and with almost zero turnover, much as it has been for several months.

Does anyone know anything about the decline of the clearance store? Is the LCBO doing something different, or is this just a fallow period?


It seems that the clearence centre like they used to have before they remodelled is a thing of the past. There are a few deals from time to time, and good ones, but they seem to be limited and go fast. OTW is more familiar and may be able to share insights. It seems it's not worth a special trip, but can yield the occaisional good find if you're in the area and stop by.
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
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Originally posted by DoktaP:
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Originally posted by FunkySeeFunkyDoo:
Picked up a bottle of the 2009 Othello at the Stittsville store for $33 (regularly $43).

Curious to know your thoughts on this once you pop it.

+1

I bought one over a year ago and never seem to find a good time to open it. Let us know if it's ready.


Opened this last night, and overall have to say I was somewhat disappointed.

Lots of black fruit on the palate, but too soft and a touch sweet for my liking. Not much complexity and very little in the way of tannins. I'm not a real expert, but I'd hazard a guess that it's not going to evolve much more.
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Originally posted by Riddler:
I was just at the New/Appleby store on Wednesday night, and don't remember seeing much on sale. Maybe I was too early?


I haven't been there for a while but there is usually at least a small selection of reduced -price bottles on a side shelf, as well as a few other sprinkled through the Vintages section.
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Originally posted by Riddler:
Coincidentally, I was talking to Sherry at the Stittsville store, and she said she was going to put the Othello on sale again. I think it's the 2011 on the shelf there now.

Sounds like it wouldn't be my style either, but I might try one first - at a great discount....


The 2011 got weaker reviews than 2009 from the various Ontario wine critics ... most of the notes seemed to be that it is a touch green.
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Originally posted by vinChanted:
Somehow there are half bottles of Beaucastel available at Manulife store with vintages like 03, 05 and 06, for $46.85 each. Could be customer returns but may worth a try.


Just spoke to the product consultant. There are now only a few bottles of the 2005 remaining - she confirmed that they were customer returns.
Nope. My office manager knows I love wine and that I was in Piemonte last fall. Her boyfriend is from Italy and she lived there for a few years, so we talk about wine quite a bit.

I got a text from her this evening: she was at the Crossroads store and sent me a photo of the Massolino and a note that it was in the clearance section for $97.25.

There were 12 bottles. She picked up one for me. 11 left. A consignment?

Current WS low is $120 U.S. FWIW.
Consignment wines on blowout don't show in inventory.
Apparently, July 1st is the deadline for a large amount of wine to be sold in the lcbo warehouse by the representing agent before the lcbo repo can unload it.
With the good stuff, the agents usually buy it up themselves to maintain allocations and not upset clients but occasionally some interesting wines slip through.
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Originally posted by mangiare:
Consignment wines on blowout don't show in inventory.
Apparently, July 1st is the deadline for a large amount of wine to be sold in the lcbo warehouse by the representing agent before the lcbo repo can unload it.
With the good stuff, the agents usually buy it up themselves to maintain allocations and not upset clients but occasionally some interesting wines slip through.


Thanks Sunny, Mangiare.
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
Nope. My office manager knows I love wine and that I was in Piemonte last fall. Her boyfriend is from Italy and she lived there for a few years, so we talk about wine quite a bit.

I got a text from her this evening: she was at the Crossroads store and sent me a photo of the Massolino and a note that it was in the clearance section for $97.25.

There were 12 bottles. She picked up one for me. 11 left. A consignment?

Current WS low is $120 U.S. FWIW.

They must be breeding. This morning there were 22.
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
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Originally posted by Rhonoceros:
Picked up a few bottles of CUNE Gran Reserva 2008 yesterday for $32 (Discounted from $40) at Burnhamthorpe/427. Still several bottles remaining.


Also on sale at the Liberty Village location. But the PC there wasn't impressed: "flabby and low acidity".

I've seen it around at quite a few stores. I picked up 2 bottles at $30. If it turns out to be disappointing in a few years, I can always use it to cook with.
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
2011 Bruno Rocca Barbaresco Rabajà

15 bottles on the clearance shelf at Crossroads for $69.

WineSearcher US low is $90.

They must have $hitloads of the stuff in the warehouse. Rocca's Rabaja has been on the shelf there since we had snow on the ground. I bought a few at $69, and then found two more mislabelled at $60 and those also found their way into my cellar.

I feel sorry for the agent who had it 'seized' by the KGBO. Good to know we live in a free-enterprise society instead of a communist dictatorship.
I went over to Crossroads to pick up a couple of the 2010 Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace and ran into vinoevelo. It's his new home store and he is making sure they perform up to standard!

Best of all, I found some other good buys and a single bottle of Vintage Tunina that was an absolute steal;

1 x 2012 Jermann Vintage Tunina $11.75 bart
1 x 2010 Chateau St Jean Cinq Cepages $60
1 x 2011 Cliff Lede Cab Sauv $62
2 x 2010 Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace $136

But it was the Vintage Tunina that really made my day.
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Originally posted by bman:
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Originally posted by Machine:
I'll get my bulletproof vest and head over before dark!! Or if someone else does I'd happily take 2 or 3 off someone's hands.


Umm, the bottles are already taken - but let me know if you'd like one or two (keeping the others........)


No worries B!! Perhaps we will split one some day?
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Originally posted by Machine:
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Originally posted by bman:
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Originally posted by Machine:
I'll get my bulletproof vest and head over before dark!! Or if someone else does I'd happily take 2 or 3 off someone's hands.


Umm, the bottles are already taken - but let me know if you'd like one or two (keeping the others........)


No worries B!! Perhaps we will split one some day?


Or trade?
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Originally posted by Machine:
Surprised the Diamond Creek was still on the shelf. If I was brave enough to visit that neighbourhood I would have run over to try to get some!

The guy who manages the Clearance section puts out just a few bottles at a time. It's kind of like playing hide'n seek ... you never know exactly how many bottles he really has. He's been doing that with the 2008 Bruno Rocca Rabaja Barbaresco and 2011 David Arthur Meritaggio and 3 Acre Cabernet for several months now. One week they are out, and then they disappear for a week or two. Then they magically reappear.
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Originally posted by on the wine:
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Originally posted by Machine:
Surprised the Diamond Creek was still on the shelf. If I was brave enough to visit that neighbourhood I would have run over to try to get some!

The guy who manages the Clearance section puts out just a few bottles at a time. It's kind of like playing hide'n seek ... you never know exactly how many bottles he really has. He's been doing that with the 2008 Bruno Rocca Rabaja Barbaresco and 2011 David Arthur Meritaggio and 3 Acre Cabernet for several months now. One week they are out, and then they disappear for a week or two. Then they magically reappear.


If you ask him nicely, he'll more than likely go pull some bottles from the back for you. It all does seem a bit silly thought; you have to know what he has hiding in the back in order to know what to ask for. Thanks for the updates guys! I usually only get to Crossroads these days once I see something here Big Grin ; my inside contact at Crossroads now manages the C'Wood store.
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Originally posted by DoktaP:
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Originally posted by VinCentric:
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Originally posted by DoktaP:
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my inside contact at Crossroads now manages the C'Wood store.


That's my local store up north. What is their name? It used to be Shelley.


Stefanie, say hello for me Dok.

Will do VC.


Great Dok! Sent you an email. Cheers,