En Primeur

En primeur or "wine futures", is a method of purchasing wines early while a vintage is still in a barrel, offering the customer the opportunity to invest in a particular wine before it is bottled. Payment is made at an early stage, a year or 18 months prior to the official release of a vintage. A possible advantage of buying wines en primeur is that the wines may be considerably cheaper during the en primeur period than they will be once bottled and released on the market. However, that is not guaranteed and some wines may lose value over time.
Posts about En Primeur
    • Fine wine market: Hopes rise for Bordeaux prices in 2015

      Fine wine market analysts are increasingly confident that prices for recent vintages of top Bordeaux have bottomed out after a three-year slide. Has Bordeaux turned a corner? Bordeaux prices have found stability on several indices in recent months, prompting UK-based Wine Asset Managers (WAM) to suggest that prices may have reached their cheapest point.

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    • French court places 1855.com in liquidation

      Troubled French online wine merchant Heracles, formerly 1855.com, has been forced into liquidation after a major investor withdrew support for its recovery plan. The Tribunal de Commerce in Paris put Heracles into liquidation on 9 January, less than two months after it released the group from administration.

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  • French court agrees 1855.com recovery plan

    ….com, the company was renamed Heracles in September 2013. The group also includes Chateauonline (renamed Ares), Caveprivee.com and Les Caves du Transat. Heracles is run by Emeric Sauty de Chalon (President Directeur General – CEO) and Fabien Hyon as managing director. Facing more than 350 legal complaints, largely over its failure to deliver Bordeaux…

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  • Daily Wine News: Look to Champagne

    … inside and ask what is important.” Alfonso Cevola reflects on “the toughest harvest in years.” In Serious Eats, Stacey Gibson offers some Thanksgiving wine advice. Alder Yarrow attends a Champagne tasting put on by the Institute for the Masters of Wine. Want to drink better coffee? Treat it like wine. …

    David White/ Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blogin Syrah- 5 readers -
  • Bordeaux prices falling to pre-'China boom' levels, says Liv-ex

    … will be crucial, says Miles. Prices for several top chateaux, including Margaux and Haut-Brion, have sunk to levels not seen since the aftermath of the Lehman Brothers’ collapse in late 2008, Miles told an audience at the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair.‘It’s as though the China boom never happened,’ he said, referring to a surge in interest…

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  • Lafaurie Peyraguey owner on lookout for more vineyards

    … The new owner of Lafaurie Peyraguey in Sauternes is keen to buy more prime vineyard sites in the area, but will relinquish lesser terroirs held by the estate as part of a long-term reform plan. Silvio Denz held a reception at Lafaurie-Peyraguey during this year's en primeur tasting week for the 2013 vintageSilvio Denz told Decanter.com that he…

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  • 2009 Vin de Constance, Klein Constantia, South Africa – first taste

    … 2009 Vin de Constance, Klein Constantia, South Africa Klein Constantia winemaker Matt Day was in town this week and he kindly showed me a pre-release screening of the spectacular 2009 VdC. It is due on the shelves in mid-November after a brief ‘fine wine merchants only’ en primeur release period. Having said this, I wonder whether any physical…

    Matthew Jukes- 5 readers -
  • Burgundy 2014: September heatwave set to save vintage

    … in Meursault, Pommard, Volnay and Beaune were destroyed by ‘golf-ball sized hailstones’ in June, with worse damage in other communes. But September’s fine weather – there has been only 5mm of rain so far – has brought on both reds and whites and harvesting should be finished by the middle of next week. ‘The Chardonnay is fantastic, ripe…

    Decanterin Pinot Noir Chardonnay- 4 readers -
  • The Grande Dame of Pauillac

    …. The event itself was every bit as stylish as that dinner in 2003, although there were no opera stars this time, but our host was far from her usual, attention-commanding self. That was the last time I saw Philippine. She wasn’t at the château when I went to taste the 2013 vintage en primeur – a year that showed Mouton at its best in a tricky year…

    Tim Atkin MW- 6 readers -