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Bordeaux en-primeur 2018

How does en-primeur work?

Each year, journalists and merchants descend on Bordeaux to taste barrel samples of the previous year's harvest. After 6 months the wines have completed their final fermentation and start opening up after winter. It is important to note that these are not the final blends of the wines and therefore most of the critics offer a score that is open to change, e.g. Neal Martin 92-94/100. The châteaux gradually release their wines into the Bordeaux market through 400 négociants, at prices dependant on the vintage, their peers and the sentiment in the market. This process generally begins in April and can last until the end of June, though the length of the campaign varies each year. The wines are then bottled and released in mid-2021. We can have your purchases available in London or import them to South Africa.

Buying en-primeur during the campaign allows you to pick from over 500 different châteaux, buy rare wines usually not available in the market, choose your desired bottle formats (sizes), as well as buy at the lowest price possible.

Bordeaux 2018: How to order

Requests for any of the châteaux that participate during en-primeur can be made via email to Roland@winecellar.co.za or by filling in the contact form below. Customers can also buy according to a budget with suggestions from our team. Orders can also be placed throughout the year in response to our upcoming Bordeaux newsletter campaign, sign up hereWine Cellar will have limited stock available for purchase after the campaign.


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Bordeaux en-primeur

Wine Cellar offers the greatest wine region in the world en-primeur (as futures). 2017 will be our 17th Bordeaux campaign and will be offered from April 2018 onwards for delivery in 2020.
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