"En Primeur" is a French term for wine sold on a "futures" basis before being bottled. Every spring following the vintage, Bordeaux Cru Classé properties show cask samples of their wines and then release a certain "tranche" or set amount of their total production at a special opening price.
Why Buy En Primeur?
The Best Price
En Primeur usually offers the best price for a wine, which is nearly always less than its eventual release price . En Primeur works to everyone's advantage, particularly for exceptional vintages (1982, 1990, 1996, 2000, 2003, 2005) when prices can increase substantially. However, the price difference is usually lower for standard vintages. The allocation of the most sought-after wines also depends on the level of support provided by négociants for every vintage.
Securing Wines That Have Limited Quantities
In vintages of high demand, consumers can more easily secure the desired quantities of the wine they are interested in. Such wines may indeed be produced in limited quantities and be difficult to get hold of once bottled and released onto the market.
By purchasing a wine En Primeur, the customer has the guarantee that his wines come from a credible source and have been stored and handled in the best possible way. This is very important also when considering reselling the wines at a later date.
When buying En Primeur, the customer can decide in which format he wants his wine to be bottled. Besides the normal bottle or half bottle he can choose between large formats such as, a magnum, double-magnum or imperial. Some châteaux even propose the melchior, a hefty 18 litre-bottle....
Prices per bottle are displayed in CHF- VAT EXCLUDED or VAT INCLUDED depending on your selected preferences in the Settings Bar. Transport costs are excluded and will be added during check out if requested by the client. Offer subject to final confirmation and to be unsold E&OE.
Offer is valid for private and HORECA clients, only for online purchases made within the 24-hour period of the current daily offer. Only orders through our website will be accepted. Clients can insert the max number of bottles they wish to buy. Minimum orders apply depending on wine and format. Confirmation will follow the next working day. The quantity will be allocated upon availability and divided among clients. Current ARVI clients will be given priority. Stock is subject to availability. Accepted payment methods are credit cards and bank transfers. All invoices are to be paid upon receipt. Any order will be automatically cancelled if not paid within 5 days.