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Trying to find a French Wine

bonniecode Jun 21, 2011 08:24 AM

Anyone know how you can go about ordering a wine that the LCBO doesnt carry? I was in France and tried this fantastic wine and am hoping to get some over here. I understand there is laws against ordering wine from Europe -- just wondering if anyone has had any success ordering hard to find wines. Thx!

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  1. foodyDudey RE: bonniecode Jun 21, 2011 08:37 AM

    Many wines aren't listed at the LCBO but are available from the importer. If you knew the exact name of the wine and producer, you could try searching with GOOGLE for it and you may find that it's avalable here.

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      Snarf RE: foodyDudey Jun 21, 2011 09:10 AM

      Which wine are you looking for?

    2. jayt90 RE: bonniecode Jun 21, 2011 08:48 AM

      You will have to name the wine producer, Appellation, and vintage to get any reasonable help.
      If it is not imported, there may be something similar already here, or you may be able to import a case, if practical.

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        bonniecode RE: bonniecode Jun 21, 2011 08:50 AM

        The name of the wine is Fronton Chateau Coutinel Cuvee Elyxir 2005

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          jayt90 RE: bonniecode Jun 21, 2011 09:09 AM


          It is not readily available, although the reviews are good. You would have to import a cask, and the LCBO won't help.
          I would look for a Cahors from the same vintage. Do you have a Vintages consultant?

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          bonniecode RE: bonniecode Jun 21, 2011 09:20 AM

          I do not -- how do I go about getting a VIntages consultant?

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            jayt90 RE: bonniecode Jun 21, 2011 09:24 AM

            That is easy! Just ask for the Vintages consultant in any large LCBO. Don't accept substitutes, as they may still be learning. It's best to avoid Saturdays when they are swamped. Ask about private imports as well as wines from the southwest of France that might be similar. Truth is, you found a local gem, and Decanter agreed, but there may not be anything here as good at the same low price.

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            CocoTO RE: bonniecode Jun 21, 2011 09:34 AM

            Actually, the LCBO has a private wine ordering service ... it can take months, but they will endeavor to bring in a wine you like that they don't list ... more info can be found on their website at:

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              Snarf RE: bonniecode Jun 21, 2011 09:40 AM

              The link is a list of merchants that carry it and have it in stock in Europe. No one in NA, I think, but you might use the list either with the lcbo folks, or see if any of the local agents already have a relationship with the European agents.


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                bonniecode RE: bonniecode Jun 21, 2011 09:45 AM

                Thanks for all the replies -- I looked into the private wine ordering service with the LCBO and wow! talk about pricey. Its a shame I cant just order from Europe :/ I guess it really is a local gem -- no joke about it, this was the best red wine I have ever tasted. Wish I could get it here!

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                  bonniecode RE: bonniecode Jun 21, 2011 09:54 AM

                  What do you mean "local agents"?

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                    skylineR33 RE: bonniecode Jun 21, 2011 09:56 AM

                    Forget about it, you will not be able to get this wine in Toronto. Even if you can, it does not worth to pay the premium to get it. It is a pity that we only have LCBO here and it sucks.

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                      Snarf RE: bonniecode Jun 21, 2011 10:49 AM

                      The LCBO has the monopoly over retail sales, and warehousing, to a degree. That still leaves the door open for independant wine merchants to bring in special orders and sell them in bulk to restaurants and other commercial licensees. Much of what you see come through vintages comes through the independants, who can also sell to customers with certain exceptions. The independants have their own networks of contacts, many of whom are regional aggregators in the home countries. If you can find a merchant here who sources from an aggregator in France, they might have the relationship and supply channel in place to bring in a case without the same exorbitant incremental costs that the lcbo has.

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                      bonniecode RE: bonniecode Jun 21, 2011 11:29 AM

                      Do you have any idea on how I would find such a merchant? Sorry -- i am so clueless!

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