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En Primeur 2013

Discover the best of the vintage
En Primeur

We’re delighted to announce that Waitrose are offering Bordeaux En Primeur once again this year...

Buying wine En Primeur or ‘in the barrel’ is an excellent way of securing some of the best wines of the vintage by buying them in cases of 6 before they are bottled. From the top Crus to smaller, excellent value producers, the Waitrose Bordeaux En Primeur selection offers a superb range at all price points and is a great opportunity to invest in fine wines from this prestigious region.

The wine will mature in Bordeaux and once released Waitrose will deliver it to you, or if you’d like, arrange for professional cellarage at Vinotheque, our fine wine storage partner.

Buying En Primeur from Waitrose is a simple and secure way to add some interesting wines to your cellar whilst offering a unique taste of this fascinating vintage.

Wine vineyard in Bordeaux proving En Primeur wine for Waitrose Cellar

Why buy through us?

  • Cases of six
    Waitrose are one of few merchants to sell Bordeaux 2013 in cases of six, rather than cases of twelve. This offers a great opportunity to start a collection or sample wines from different producers for half the normal outlay.
  • Professional cellarage
    Professional cellarage can be arranged with our fine wine storage partner Vinotheque; a simple and secure way to store your wines. Call and speak to our wine specialists for more details.
  • A range of price points
    We have no tie-ins to particular Chateaux ensuring that the range selected truly represents the best wines and greatest value at all prices.
  • No hidden costs
    Waitrose En Primeur prices exclude VAT and Duty, but include shipping from Bordeaux straight to your door (within mainland UK).
  • Highly experienced buying team
    We pride ourselves on having some of the best people in the industry buying our wines, including 3 Masters of Wine. Our wealth of experience and expertise in the wine trade shines through in our range.
Cat Lomax & Xenia Irwin MW

Our buyer’s trip to Bordeaux

Immerse yourself in a world of Bordeaux fine wines with the help of Waitrose En Primeur buyers Cat Lomax and Xenia Irwin MW.

From the key Châteaux on their itinery to a detailed report of the vintage, they share the highlights of their trip and advise on the top wines to invest in.

Château Pichon Longveville
Château Guiraud
Château Mouton Rothschild
Château Pichon Longveville

Château Pichon Longveville

This historic estate can be traced back to 1688-89 but has made great strides in recent years due to May-Eliane de Lencquesaing, daughter of Édouard Miailhe, who inherited this fine estate in 1978.

This 75-hectare property in the east of the Pauillac appellation uses modern and traditional methods that complement each other to produce a prestigious, elegant wine with a unique personality and fine international reputation.

Château Guiraud

Château Guiraud

Since 1855 this large Sauternes property has been producing Premier Grand Cru Classé, continuing to produce some of the best wines from this appellation in recent years.

This 100-hectare property is well-known for its natural approach to viticulture and is currently the only first growth in the 1855 classification to be officially certified for organic viticulture. The estate’s ecological orientation produces great wines with strong personality, fruity and mineral flavours and a tremendous finesse.

Château Mouton Rothschild

Château Mouton Rothschild

First established in 1853, Château Mouton-Rothschild is one of the best known Château's in France and is acknowledged around the world for its wine. The greatest care and attention is given at every step, from vine to bottle, combining age-old methods with state-of-the-art techniques.

Owned by the legendary Baron Philippe, the 84-hectare estate in Pauillac was one of the first growths of the 1855 classification. Since 1988 Baronne Philippine has followed in her father’s footsteps producing powerful, quality wines with immense appeal.

Map of Bordeaux with Waitrose Cellar's Château's annotated
Barrels of En Primeur exclusively for Waitrose Cellar

Bordeaux 2013 vintage report

"2013 was an astonishingly difficult vintage in Bordeaux. It was the year that Mother Nature threw in everything from spring frost and rain to hail…so it is an impressive feat that they have produced anything to bring to market at all…
We believe 2013 is a vintage that is all about intensity over concentration; elegance not brute force. In our view the best wines are those which were made with a light touch and precision…"

Cat Lomax · Wine Buyer, Bordeaux

Our wine specialists are here to help

If you would like to chat through the selection or are looking for advice on how to buy En Primeur, please contact our wine specialists who will be happy to help you.

Call on 03456 100 304
(Monday - Friday, 9am - 5.30pm)
or email enprimeur@waitrosecellar.com

Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse-de-Lalande, 2ème Grand Cru Classé
Now £318.00
Château Guiraud, Sauternes 1er Cru Classé
Now £156.00
Château Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classé
Now £1,235.00