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Bordeaux
En Primeur 2016

This year's campaign is now finished
– be sure to check back next year...

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A castle

From our Master of Wine, Xenia Irwin

"2016 was another truly memorable year to follow 2015, but the style
is much more about ripe elegance, precision and finesse than
the sheer weight and power of 2015. It was primarily a year for the
Cabernets and the Left Bank, although there were some excellent wines coming from the Right Bank".

Xenia Irwin, Master of Wine,
WaitroseCellar

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2016 Vintage Report

"It is the real pleasure to report
another excellent vintage after the
excitement of 2015..."

View Vintage Report

Our comprehensive Bordeaux En Primeur 2016 list

Some prices have yet to be released - these are the wines we expect to secure:

Left bank

Scores JR, JS 91-92, DEC

Scores DEC 87

Scores DEC 93

Scores

Scores: DEC 90

Scores DEC 89

Scores DEC 92

Scores DEC 95

Scores DEC 96, JR 18.5, JS, 97-98

Scores TBC

Scores JS 97-98, DEC 97

Scores TBC

Scores DEC 96

Scores

Scores JR 17

Scores JR 18

Scores DEC 94

Scores JR 17.5

Scores DEC 97

Scores DEC 93

Scores DEC 99

Scores DEC 96

Scores DEC 94

Scores DEC 97

Scores DEC 91

Scores DEC 95

Scores DEC 95

Scores DEC 93

Scores DEC 91

Scores DEC 94

Scores DEC 94

Scores DEC 94

Scores DEC 96

Scores JR 17

Scores JR 16.5

Scores JR 17.5

Right bank

Scores

Scores DEC 92

Scores

Scores JR 16

Scores DEC 94

Scores DEC 93

Scores JR 17

Scores JR 18.5

Whites

Scores JR 15.5

Scores DEC 93

Wines in bold now available to order | Enquiries: enprimeur@waitrosecellar.com

Critics: JR - Jancis Robinson MW, WS - Wine Spectator, JS - James Suckling, DEC - Jane Anson Decante

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 - 5pm)
or email enprimeur@waitrosecellar.com

Experts

A safe, secure and reliable service

Cases of six

We are one of the very few wine merchants
offering cases of six bottles, allowing you
to try a wider range

No hidden costs

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.

Professional Cellarage

This can be arranged with our fine
wine storage partner Vinotehque

What happens once I order?

You will receive a
certificate to confirm your
payment and orders.

Your wine will be released by the Château appropriately 18 months after your initial purchase.

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 and how does it work?

"2016 was another truly memorable year to follow 2015, but the style is much more about ripe elegance, precision and finesse than the sheer weight and power of 2015. It was primarily a year for the Cabernets and the Left Bank, although there were some excellent wines coming from the Right Bank"

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What's storage and how does it 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.

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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.

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