Makes en primeur accessible to investors and enthusiasts of all levels.
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.
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.
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.
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.