Buying Bordeaux 'En Primeur'
The sale of wine based on the “en primeur” concept or pre purchase whilst still in barrel is the traditional method the Bordelaise sell their wines around the world. Acquiring your Bordeaux through this method more than often results in significant savings and offers peace of mind that once the wine leaves the Chateau’s gate it has a fair direct route to us and to you and allows you to then control it's storage.
It also gives you access to the wine you want at the release price. In many vintages, by the time the wine is released (about 2 years after the campaign) the price will have increased, and some wines will have since long sold out.
Chateaux do not offer their wine simultaneously, hence during the Offer period we will issue a number of tranches that may or may not include additional Chateaux.
The strength of each particular vintage is assessed on a number of factors including:
- The growing conditions in Bordeaux throughout the growing season until vintage
- Condition of the grapes harvested
- Tasting critiques of wine in barrel by leading Bordeaux experts eg Jancis Robinson, Robert Parker/Neal Martin (Wine Advocate) and Jean-Marc Quarin.
These critics have extensive experience of how these wines develop over time from barrel to bottle