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The problem: A wine – a delicious and rare wine at that – lists on for $51.25. In the store, however, it has been marked down significantly. What’s more, when purchased during yesterday’s 10%-off sale (which discount applied to the marked-down price), the figure on the sales receipt was $35.87. What, then, is the marked-down price before application of the 10% discount, which, alas, is no longer in effect?

The wine in question is Abbatucci’s 2011 BR, which awed the group at a tasting in February 2014. My note at the time:

Vin de table (2011), BR, Domaine Comte Abbatucci ($51.00, 11930123)
100% biodynamically and organically farmed Barbarossa, a red-skinned grape variety here given the blanc de noirs treatment. The first vines were planted in the 1960s. The grapes are manually harvested and pressed immediately after picking. Fermented (with indigenous yeasts) and matured in stainless steel tanks. Bottled unfiltered and unfined. 2,000 bottles made. 13% ABV. [Quebec agent: Vini-Vins.]
Initially reticent but eventually deep. Minerally and floral with hint of lemoncello and a faint herby overtone, like maquis or hops. Round yet very fresh in the mouth, the fruit structured by a crystalline minerality and enlightened by acidity. A faint, pleasing bitterness threads through the long finish. Breathtakingly pure and pristine, not to mention unique. (Buy again? Gladly.)

After opening it yesterday evening to accompany shrimp marinated in white wine, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, olive oil and puréed basil, wrapped in a basil leaf and a thin slice of prosciutto and grilled (recipe here) – an excellent pairing, by the way – I sat down to pen a new note but quickly realized I had little to add to the one above. The wine is drinking beautifully. It’s as fresh and engaging as it was 18 months ago, perhaps a tad rounder and more integrated, with the final bitterness a shade more pronounced. While yesterday’s double discount made it a rare bargain, it’s still a deal at today’s marked-down price, which by my calculation is $39.85.

Edit (2015-09-06 18:49): The MWG’s network of spies reports that the actual marked-down price at the Montreal Signature store is $41.00. The discount was therefore calculated not on the marked-down price but on the list price, which is not how it usually works: 10% of $51.25 = $5.13. $41.00 – $5.13 = $35.87.

Written by carswell

September 6, 2015 at 12:12

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  1. The CN from Abattuci has the same treatment: 20% off, which makes it $49. There are 5-6 bottles left. I wonder how you guess the vintage though, it’s written nowhere on the label…

    Monsieur Antoine

    September 9, 2015 at 12:55

    • Didn’t see that at the Sig last weekend, M. Antoine, so thanks for the heads-up. My guess is that the store is having a clearance sale and that the wine is the 2011, which we tasted the same night as we did the BR (I don’t think the SAQ has received new shipments of either wine since then).


      September 9, 2015 at 13:04

      • I found the way to check the vintage: the “lot number” (serial number?), it’s the first two numbers after the initial letter. And you’re right, it’s 2011.

        Monsieur Antoine

        September 9, 2015 at 15:40

        • Excellent footwork, P.I. Antoine!


          September 9, 2015 at 15:50

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