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I thought I’d take a few moments to bring you up to date about what is going on in Arthur’s Cellar.

First, here’s what is currently available at time of writing – all from Domaine Roger Sabon:

For those of you in the Ottawa area, the following wines surprisingly are still available at the French Boutique in the LCBO’s 275 Rideau Street store:

It might be possible to have someone at your local LCBO get in touch with the French Boutique in Ottawa and have them transfer some of their Sabon treasures for you.

Like it is here, conditions are very difficult for wineries everywhere. They are down to minimal staff and their suppliers are being severely hampered as well. Never-the-less, we have been able to keep the flow of wine coming, even if it is a trickle. Here’s what’s in our vinous pipeline:

Domaine Palon

Marie Line and Sebastien Palon with Hélène
The Palons sold their winery to the Deltin family a little while ago (check out Eulogy for a Winery at ‘Gentleman’s Portion’ for all the sad details). But not before Sebastien Palon had a chance to produce their 2018 vintage wines. We have managed to obtain some of his red and white Vacqueyras and red Gigondas and they are on their way to the LCBO. We expect to see them in a couple of months and will let you know when they are available for sale at

Domaine Roger Sabon

Moi with Delphine Sabon and Didier Négron
We have sent our order for the 2018 Châteauneuf du Pape and 2019 Rhône By Roger Sabon to the LCBO and are waiting for them to issue the purchase order, which should happen this week. Included in our order is a new red wine from Domaine Roger Sabon called Le Sabounet from the 2019 vintage. This Vin de France is made from Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault and will be very well priced.

Domaine Giuliani

Aline and Bernard Giuliani with Hélène

We were all ready to place our order for the Châteauneuf du Pape and Côtes du Rhône Les Notes de Louis but the Giulianis’ label supplier has not been able to deliver the updated labels! As soon as they are available, we will complete our order.

Château Malijay

Aude Deltin
This is a new winery for us; the folks who acquired Domaine Palon. And, they make very, very good Côtes du Rhône and other delicious, well-priced wines at Château Malijay. The LCBO is in the process of setting them up in their files and as soon as they do, we will place our first order. It will be for a red, a white and a rosé called Le Prince de Malijay, La Princesse de Malijay and Le Fou de Malijay respectively. We hope to have these little beauties available by early summer.

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Here’s how works. We will supply the LCBO with selected wines and you or anyone else in Ontario can order and pay for them on-line via the ‘’ site. The major benefit to you is that the wines will already be here at the LCBO warehouse and will be delivered in a short amount of time. By paying a $12 delivery fee, they will ship it (regardless of quantity as long as the order is for $50 or more) by way Canada Post to any address in Ontario and it will be delivered within four business days. Or, you can avoid the shipping fee by having the wine sent to any LCBO store you designate. The store will call you once it is ready to be picked up. This process will take from one to two weeks (possibly up to four weeks in remote areas). Another benefit is that you will no longer have to provide us with the LCBO Lab Waiver email.

Please get in touch with me if you have any questions, would like additional information or would like my help ordering your wine. The LCBO will assist with any post-ordering issues. Contact them at ‘helloLCBO’.

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