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
    • Bordeaux prices falling to pre-'China boom' levels, says Liv-ex

      Plummeting prices for Bordeaux first growths in the last three years serve as the latest cautionary tale in a long history of boom and bust for chateaux and negociants, according to Liv-ex co-founder James Miles, who sees no end to the pattern. Pickers in the Bordeaux vineyards. How chateaux and negociants handle the 2014 vintage will be crucial, says Miles.

      Decanter- 5 readers -
    • Daily Wine News: Look to Champagne

      “As with the Champenois, the Burgundians have shown that embracing change doesn’t require casting aside one’s identity or traditions — that a spirit of progress and a willingness to innovate can be the best means of preserving a way of life.” In Wine-Searcher, Mike Steinberger explains why “the rest of France should take note” of Burgundy and Champagne.

      David White/ Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blogin Syrah- 5 readers -
  • 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…

    Decanter- 10 readers -
  • 2009 Vin de Constance, Klein Constantia, South Africa – first taste

    … and they are all different, glorious and fascinating. Back to the 2009 vintage – the element I was alluding to earlier is an otherworldly backbone of amaro-style bitterness which completely blew me away. I am a vinous masochist and so I would love to see more and more of this thrilling element in VdC, in due course, because I adore the strictness which…

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

    … Extraordinary September weather may have rescued the 2014 Burgundy wine harvest from disaster, ripening 'intensely aromatic' whites and 'concentrated' reds. Pinot Noir grapes on the Corton Hill on 4 September. Image credit: BIVB Devastating hailstorms earlier this year left vignerons gloomy about the prospects for 2014. Up to 40% of the vines…

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

    …. She had, she announced, invited a good friend along to sing to us. To the sound of the opening bars of the drinking song from Verdi’s La Traviata, a black curtain opened behind her to reveal none other than Placido Domingo. Most people would be upstaged by a world famous opera singer, but Philippine had star quality of her own. It was a very…

    Tim Atkin MW- 6 readers -
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