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En primeur is also known as “Wine Futures”, as it is the purchase of wine whilst it is still maturing in barrel. Wines are purchased by the case and customers have the opportunity to select the bottle size they prefer at the time of purchase. The purchasing of en primeur wine is normally purchased approximately 2-3 years before it is shipped to the owner.
Bordeaux remains the world’s most important producer of fine red wines. The region is split neatly into two distinct styles by varietal and geography. The better known regions of Margaux, Saint Julien, Pauillac and Saint Estèphe to the west of the Gironde river produce Cabernet Sauvignon dominant wines with power, backbone and structure while the communes of Saint Emilion and Pomerol on limestone and clay soils lean more to the Merlot varietal offering often richer and more generous wines.
In between is the Pessac-Leognan region, which technically offers a hybrid between these two styles, pivoting between Cabernet styles of the west and the Merlot of the east.
In addition, there is growing demand for the dry white wines of Bordeaux, where improvements in winemaking techniques have resulted in ever more interesting wines.Explore
It is possible to enjoy Burgundy as one finds it, a straightforward region responsible for the worlds greatest expressions of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with a clear hierarchy starting with generic Bourgogne wines and rising through defined ranks from Village level to the Premier and Grand Crus. A closer look reveals how the simple slopes of the Cote D’Or crystalise into a jigsaw-puzzle of daunting complexity.
The charm of Burgundy arises from the myriad of micro-climates, production philosophies and familial politics that influence every wine released “en primeur”. With a little experience or guidance Burgundy can be the most rewarding of regions to follow.
Scarcity adds to the excitement with production of many of the top wines limited to only a few barrels even in the largest of vintages. Burgundy “en primeur” gives you the rare opportunity to secure your allocation at the best price possible.Explore
The Rhône Valley, home to some of France’s oldest vineyards, is divided between the Grenache based blends of the Southern Rhône and the typically single varietal wines of the North. The timeless appeal of well-known regions like Cote-Rotie, Hermitage and St-Joseph in the north and Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas in the south draws continuing interest to the region as each appellation offers a unique style.
With a ream of 100pts scores for top wines over the past 10 years and a run of good vintages since 2015 there is no doubt that the wines can be excellent quality. Without a defined cru system the Rhône may be a difficult region to navigate, so Le Clos has chosen a small selection of wines whose scarcity and reputation make them best suited to buying “En primeur”, at the best possible price, before they have been snapped up.
On the global stage of wine investment, the Rhône is a region that still plays a supporting role compared to the stars of Bordeaux and Burgundy. Nonetheless, “En primeur” allocations sell out within weeks if not days of release and prices are steadily increasing. Their longevity and drinkability make Rhône wines a sensible and immensely enjoyable purchase.Explore
“En primeur” style releases are becoming increasingly frequent as demand continues to increase for fine wines from across the globe. Thanks to our longstanding relationships with many of the world’s top producers Le Clos is proud to be able offer parcels of some of the most sought-after wines for sale in bond.
Le Clos customers can guarantee personal allocations of rare, iconic and thought-provoking wines at competitive prices often before they are released on the general market. Look out for regular in bond releases from Tuscany, Napa, Rioja and many more…Explore