En Primeurs: Bordeaux, Burgundy & The Rhône Valley
Richard Kihl Ltd has been buying and selling wine en primeur since 1969. Over time we have built up excellent relationships with the Châteaux and long-established negociants in Bordeaux, as well as domaines both large and small in Burgundy and the Rhône.
Our 2018 Bordeaux En Primeur offer is now live, with each new wine added immediately upon release. Early impressions are that some exceptional wines have been made, with the best equaling or surpassing great vintages like 2010 and 2016, but without the homogeneity of those years. This means tasting and careful selection will be important. Challenging and dramatic weather in the first half of the year were followed by some excellent conditions at harvest, a roller coaster ride for the Châteaux but one which should produce some thrilling wines.
The 2018 Burgundy vintage is in barrel and will be offered en primeur from late November 2019. First impressions are of a very good harvest, both in terms of quality and quantity. This year we will be adding to the list of small Burgundy domaines we import direct. We will be visiting the Côte d'Or in September and November to taste from cask.
Our first tastings of the 2017 Burgundy vintage from cask took place during November 2018 in London and the Côte d'Or. On first acquaintance, these are delicious wines which practically leap out of the glass and demand to be enjoyed. See our 2017 Burgundy En Primeur offers here.
You can view our offer of 2017 Northern Rhone wines from Delas Freres here.
Why Buy En Primeur?
Buying wine en primeur, or as ‘futures’, means to buy while a wine is still in barrel at the chateau or domaine, before it is bottled and shipped to the UK. Payment for the wine is requested at the time of order and this will include the cost of shipment to the UK once the wine is bottled.
The time-scale varies from region to region, but in the case of Bordeaux, the wine is normally shipped in the third year following the vintage. Only at this point do the duty, VAT and any onward delivery charges become payable. Alternatively, these may be further deferred by the customer opting to store the wines ‘in bond’, (see Delivery and Storage).
The main advantages of buying en primeur are as follows:
- Securing a highly-sought-after wine which may subsequently disappear from the market completely.
- Securing a wine at the ‘opening price’, below which it is unlikely to fall and the price of which may later escalate.
- Having the wine bottled in formats other than 75cl, (eg. halves, magnums, double-magnums etc.) according to your requirements.
- Guaranteeing the precise provenance of a bottle of wine from chateau to dinner table.
The obvious risk associated with buying en primeur is dealing with a company that, having taken your money, may not be in a position to deliver 3 years later. By buying from Richard Kihl Ltd, with a long-proven track record in the business, you can be 100% confident of receiving your wine.