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En Primeur

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What is En Primeur?

En Primeur, or "Wine Futures" is the purchase of wines before they are bottled and shipped to the UK. En Primeur wines, which can only be purchased Under Bond, offer you the first opportunity to purchase a given wine. We offer wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Italy, The Loire, The Rhone, Germany, and Spain En Primeur.

Why buy En Primeur?

One possible advantage of purchasing wines En Primeur is that the wines may be considerably cheaper during the En Primeur period than they will be once bottled. This of course is not guaranteed, and some wines may lose value over time. In addition, many of the wines we offer En Primeur are made in exceptionally small quantities and will sell out totally while offered En Primeur. Customers who follow a particular wine might find buying En Primeur is the only way to secure stock year in year out. It can also allow you the opportunity to buy wine in a range of larger formats than the normal 75cl bottle, perfect for parties and special occasions. Click here to view our En Primeur offers.

Why can't I select duty paid for En Primeur wines?

En Primeur wines by their very nature are still in barrel. They are similar to buying a future and therefore it is not possible to pay British tax on something which has not yet been delivered to the UK. Once they are delivered to the UK, a client can have the stock removed from bond and the prevailing rate of duty and VAT will be charged at that stage.

If buying En Primeur, when do I start paying storage?

You only start paying storage once your wines arrive in the UK and are placed in your storage account. The length of time this take varies from campaign to campaign – Bordeaux En Primeurs are generally shipped two years after the initial release of the wines. Other regions can vary from several months to a year after their initial Primeur release.

If a wine is not marked Allocation Only, can I purchase it straight away?

Demand for Burgundy EP wines can sometimes be unpredictable, and we try to ensure wines are spread around our customers fairly. With this in mind, it may be necessary for us to allocate wines that have not been marked as “Allocation only”. We will allocate such wines at our discretion. The deadline for orders to be received is 4pm Thursday 25th January.

How do I put in a request for an Allocation Only wine?

Please email your account manager or if you would like to enter a request for an allocation only wine.

How do I know if the wine I requested was confirmed?

You will receive a pro-forma invoice in early February that details the wine, quantity and price of your allocation. If the wine is not on the pro-forma invoice, we are sorry but you have not been successful in your request. If you are fully unsuccessful, we will contact you in February.

When do I pay for my order?

We will send a pro-forma invoice with your allocation for Burgundy 2022 En Primeur in February which will then require payment within 30 days to secure your allocation.

I can’t see the wine in My Personal Cellar, was my order cancelled?

The case(s) will show in Your Personal Cellar once you have received confirmation of your allocation via a paid invoice. If payment is not received within 30 days of receiving a pro-forma invoice your allocation may be forfeited and will not show in Your Personal Cellar.

When can I get the wine delivered?

Depending on the wine, between 6 and 18 months after the En Primeur campaign goes live. Exact dates are specified by the producer based when they deem the vintage ready to be bottled and shipped. After your wines are shipped to the UK, if you chose to have them stored in Cellarers they will be landed into your account Under Bond. If you asked for them to be shipped elsewhere we will contact you to check that we still have the correct instructions on file.

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