Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Les Hauts de Pontet

Ahh, at last! 2005 Les Hauts de Pontet-Canet, second wine of Chateau Pontet-Canet of Pauilliac. Went through a lot of trouble to get this wine.

The people at Fairview must think I'm crazy and should be pretty sick of me. I've been going in for 4 weeks straight, asking about various wines and generally making them run all over the place. The hicks that live around there don't drink much else besides beer and hard liquor, so I understand if their Vintages section is neglected.

They stock a lot of wines much earlier than Bayview, which is why I even bother going. For example - they had this wine in inventory a full day before BV. The woman with the mole, tight pony-tail and round shrew-like face must recognize me by now. First, the whole deal with the Chateau Suau, now this. They had to go back to get a few bottles for me because they weren't on shelves yet. Hey - if you're going to call yourself a Vintages product consultant - then this is part of the job.

You know what's funny? And quite alarming, when you reflect on it. When she scanned for this wine, the price showed up as $69 under Retail. But - it also said $59 under the label Basic. So that means that the LCBO buys from negociant for $59, puts in a 17% markup, then sells it to me at $69? Let's be honest - this markup is explained as liquor taxes, but is clearly a cash grab. That's why monopolies are fascist.

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