The new Vintages Classics Collection is out!
Don't head to Vintages.com though for as is usual, the online version doesn't get posted until several days after the "not so environmental friendly" version is mailed around the province.
This edition sports plenty of expensive Champagne, lots of (also expensive) Bordeaux including some 2005s, the first wave of 2006 Burgundy, the 2004 La La's and a reasonable variety of wines from around the world.
If you didn't buy 2006 Le Clos Jordanne directly from the winery (they sell online now!), this Classics catalogue has both the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir "Grand Clos" available.
But the most interesting news is at the back of the catalogue with a full page announcement for "Vintages Online Exclusives… hand picked @ www.vintagesshoponline.com"
Here's the description of this much discussed online system that was originally expected much earlier this year…
"Now there's a new way to shop for premium wines and spirits with VINTAGES – giving you unparalleled access to small lots and niche cellars. With VINTAGES Online Exclusives, you enjoy 24/7 convenience, first-come, first-served ordering, and free delivery to nay LCBO store. Updated each month, these exclusive selections are only available online."
It shall be very interesting to see what wine is kept exclusively for this new online system.
As of the time of this post, the URL vintagesshoponline.com isn't active. I checked though and the LCBO did in fact secure the URL before advertising it to the world ;)