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En Primeur

En Primeur is a French term for wine that is sold on a ‘future’ basis – before being bottled. Each spring following the vintage, the great Bordeaux Cru Classé properties present young barrel samples of their previous year’s harvest. At this point, the châteaux allocate a certain tranche or set amount of their total production to be released at a special inaugural price. When discussing the most sought after vintages, En Primeur may be the best way for consumers to secure the desired quantities of the wine they are interested in. Certain wines may be produced in very limited quantities, making it difficult to find the wine at a later date, when it is already bottled and released onto the market. Purchasing a wine En Primeur guarantees its origin. Assuring that the wines have come from a credible source and have been stored and handled in the best possible way. The En Primeur warranty of provenance is also a very important detail when considering to resell the wines afterwards. The great thing about buying En Primeur is that the customer can decide in which format the wine is to be bottled. Along with the standard and half-bottle sizes, this process allows customers to choose between larger formats as well, such as Magnum, Double-Magnum and Imperial, some châteaux even offer the lavish 27-liter bottle, Primat. Wines sold during En Primeur are usually available in the spring or summer about two years after the offer date, depending also on payment and shipping logistics. ...

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