Buying En Primeur: Buy Wine Before It Gets Widely Available

Article published Mar 28, 2017

Buying En Primeur is a method of purchasing wine before it becomes more widely available on the open market, particularly from the more sought after regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy.

Wines can generally be bought En Primeur during the year following the grape harvest, often whilst the wine is still being made - which can be as much as two or three years - before the wine is finished and ready for delivery.

Buying En primeur allows you to purchase at the 'opening price' - usually the cheapest price at which a particular wine will ever be available. It's often also the only way of securing parcels of wine which may never make it onto the open market. Fully mature examples of the most sought-after Bordeaux and Burgundy on the market are very scarce indeed and often appreciably more expensive.

En Primeur prices do not include duty or VAT, both of which are payable when the wine is removed from bonded storage and delivered. You can opt for delivery straight after the wine is shipped, or keep it in storage 'under bond until you're ready (for which a small storage fee will apply). If you'd like to cellar some wines for drinking at optimum maturity (and don't have your own home cellar), why not give it a go?

For ease of purchase, we've also decided to include a 'duty paid delivered' price on some wines for immediate drinking, which is the En Primeur price, plus UK duty, a contribution to delivery and inclusive of VAT. If you choose to purchase 'DPD', we'll contact you as soon as the wine arrives with us in the UK to arrange onward delivery if it isn't already available.

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