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
    • French court agrees 1855.com recovery plan

      Heracles, the troubled online wine merchant formerly known as 1855.com, has been released from administration by the Tribunal de Commerce in Paris. The Tribunal accepted the company’s business plan, which included offering replacement bottles of Bordeaux Superieux to clients who were still owed Bordeaux en primeur wines.Formerly called 1855.

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    • Ten years of Laughing Stock Portfolio

      Photo: Cynthia and David Enns Laughing Stock Vineyards, which opened in 2005, celebrated its 10th anniversary this year with events that included vertical tastings of its flagship red blend, Portfolio. At one event at the Naramata winery for its wine club members, owners David and Cynthia Enns offered to sell a limited number of verticals from the winery’s library stock.

  • Daily Wine News: Look to Champagne

    … to make stars of their own wines, Rahn, Armstrong and Cowin all tell me they’d be too self-conscious to do so.” In the Oregonian, Katherine Cole writes about the advent of the sommelier-winemaker. “It’s inside the foudres and bottles that counts though—as pure an expression of sanguine and iron-driven Syrah as you’ll find.” James Molesworth goes…

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

    … by HKTDC. that the speed of recovery depends heavily on how the 2014 vintage Bordeaux en primeur campaign is managed.‘In my mind, after three – arguably four – failed campaigns, 2014 just has to work and prices will have to fall further than many in Bordeaux currently appreciate,’ he said.Wine investment here to stayOn a more optimistic note, Miles said…

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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

    …, 2012 and 2013. But, there is strong variation between areas. 'Some vineyards are having a full harvest, some have had millerandage and small grapes,' said the BIVB's Cecile Mathiaud. 'And of course, there are the vineyards in North Cote de Beaune and North Maconnais that have lost a lot with the hail,' she added. ‘The equivalent of one entire…

    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 -