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This year En Primeur Campaign has now come to an end,
please come back next year for more En Primeur wines
We are one of very few wine merchants offering cases of six bottles, allowing you to try a wider range.
Waitrose En Primeur prices exclude VAT and Duty but include shipping from Bordeaux straight to your door (within mainland UK). Should you choose to store your wines with Vinotheque, further delivery charges will be required.
This can be arranged with our fine wine storage partner Vinotheque
1. You will receive a certificate to confirm your payment and orders.
2. Your wine will be released by the Château appropriately 18 months after your initial purchase.
3. Your case will be delivered to you or we can help you arrange storage (Payment of VAT and duty are now due)
What is En Primeur?
En primeur is the term used across the industry for buying wine before it has been bottled. Think of it as "wine futures".
Why should I buy En Primeur?
If you're thinking of starting a cellar collection or are looking to put some wine away to drink in several (2-5) or many (5+) years time En Primeur is a great way to buy wine. Theoretically, En Primeur prices are the cheapest you will be able to ever buy the wine.
How does the Bordeaux system work? Each year in the spring following the previous harvest châteaux produce samples for the trade to taste. These wines are then made available to merchants to buy to then be sold on to customers.
How much can I buy?
In theory, as much as you like. However, because of the popularity of certain wines we may only be allowed to purchase a small number of cases from the château. If this is the case, we will put a message on the product page informing you if there is a maximum case per customer limit.
I'd like to start a wine collection, what do you suggest? Much of this will be governed by your budget and/or storage limitations not to mention when you'd like to start drinking the wines. Our Cellar Specialists are the best people to discuss this with and they would be happy to guide you through the process.
Are there any hidden costs?
Not hidden, but when the wine is bought the price paid is known as "In Bond" which means without duty or VAT.
Consequently, when the wine is shipped, and if you wish to have your wine delivered to your house, you will have to pay the prevailing duty and VAT rates before you can take delivery. Duty is currently roughly £12.50 per case of 6 and VAT 20%.
On a case of 6 bottles purchased for £100 - the "release" fee would be approximately £35 to pay. (£100+£12.50+20%=£135) - Duty is added before VAT.
What's storage and how does this work?
We have a relationship in place with Vinotheque in Burton-upon-Trent to offer a storage service to our customers. If you wish to store your wines for several years prior to popping the cork and aren't lucky enough to own a house with a cellar or a custom built wine storage system then this is the best option for you.
Vinotheque is a temperature controlled storage facility that will keep your wine in optimum cellar conditions and allow the wine to age properly. The wine is stored "under bond" so the duty and VAT cost only applies when you wish to have the wine delivered to you when you wish to drink it. There is an annual storage charge of approximately £12 per case of 12 wines.
How do you guarantee the quality of the wine I buy?
Waitrose Buyers have been tasting the barrel samples for many years and are skilled at picking out the best wines of the vintage.
They will only buy wines that they are happy with and you can rest assured that the wine you will be buying represents excellent value for money at all price points.View all En Primeur
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, 10am - 4pm) or email