Bordeaux’s Turnaround: 2015 Vintage

Bordeaux at Justerini & Brooks

Buying from Bordeaux 2015

The UK has a special affection for the wines of Bordeaux. Clarets became the popular choice of British consumers following the marriage of Henry Plantagenet and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Since the 1700s, Justerini & Brooks has developed relationships with the negociants and Chateaux of the region. We pride ourselves at looking after the needs of discerning collectors including every reigning monarch since George III, seeking out the finest quality wines and offering our expertise and personal service.

Our relationships in Bordeaux.

Over a couple of centuries Justerini & Brooks has developed strong relationships with Chateaux owners and negociants, collectively known at the ‘Place de Bordeaux’, who distribute their wines.

In addition to this, we are privileged to be one of the select few official distributors of two of Pomerol’s greatest names: Petrus and Chateau Lafleur. The wines of Pomerol are something of a speciality of ours. We have developed an unrivalled portfolio from this commune that includes: Le Pin, L’Eglise Clinet, Vieux Chateau Certan, L’Evangile, La Fleur Petrus, Hosanna and many more.

How we buy Bordeaux.

Every April our Buying and Sales teams travel to Bordeaux to taste the previous year’s crop. We sample hundreds of unfinished wines full of fruit, tannin and acidity. This punishing regime gives Justerini & Brooks an invaluable insight into the quality of the upcoming vintage. We are led by our Chairman, who alone has over forty years’ experience tasting primeurs. It is this long expertise that allows us to form our buying decisions and provide the detailed advice our customers require. We also conduct regular tastings of maturing and mature vintages of Bordeaux, and these are offered to our customers through our monthly broking list and as part of the weekly offers.

How you can buy from Justerinis.

If you are interested in learning more about how to start buying with Justerini & Brooks please contact our team at or +44(0) 20 7484 6400 who will be able to offer personal advise and guide you through your purchasing decision in the coming campaigns.

Why not register with a Personal Cellar and start managing your portfolio today here.

Purchasing large formats.

When the wine is still in barrel you can choose how you would like your wine bottled. We typically offer halves, magnums, double magnums and imperials for a small surcharge. Some Chateaux offer Salmanazars, Balthazars, Nebuchadnezzars and Melchiors (price and availability on request).

Large formats are wonderful party pieces for entertaining and special occasions, and usually command a large premium after bottling.


When it comes to purchasing fine wine, its provenance is of utmost importance, and can have an enormous influence on the eventual enjoyment it gives. The wine you buy from Justerini & Brooks will have come from the Chateau and supplier straight to our cellars in Octavian, Wiltshire. Almost uniquely among all of our competitors, every single case in our warehouse is then landed individually so that the precise case you buy from us is labelled and will be the exact one you will later have delivered out. Each case is uniquely identified and labelled with the customer’s name, the full details of the wine, and a rotation code that identifies the date that specific case arrived in the warehouse. In a marketplace increasingly exploited by counterfeit wines, buying primeur from Justerini & Brooks is one of the very best safeguards. Read more on Provenance here.

Are there risks in buying en primeur?

We recommend that any customer interested in en primeur be vigilant and research the company they are buying from. Primeurs are usually shipped two years after the original campaign and companies can run into trouble in the interim period. One should only buy primeurs from financially secure merchants with a long track record of delivery. We like to think that customers can be reassured that purchasing from Justerini & Brooks is as secure as it gets.

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