01. Bordeaux Futures - What are Bordeaux Futures?

With Bordeaux Futures, you are buying wine before it's released (1-2 years early)!
Futures, or en primeur, as it’s called in Bordeaux, is a method of purchasing a specific vintage of wine in advance, before it is bottled and released in the market. A wine is tasted while in barrel by industry professionals, and based on the quality of the wine, prices are set and customers are able to buy wine from that particular vintage about 18 months before the wine is released in the general market.

Why buy wine that is not yet bottled!?
Many of the Bordeaux Futures won't arrive for a year to two, so the advantage of ordering today is that you can secure a supply of often hard-to-find wines, and buy them at a price that is generally much lower than when the vintage is finally bottled, aged and released on the market (though there is no guarantee).

Pricing and availability of Bordeaux Futures on our site.
In early April each year, industry professionals gather in Bordeaux for the Unions des Grand Cru tastings (UGC), where they taste through barrel samples.  Then the en primeur campaign begins, and based on reviews and the market, prices are set on future bottles of the Bordeaux vintage. As futures are released for pre-sale, we secure and post wines on our site.  These purchases are not cancelable and are secured with 100% deposit on the wine (taxes and shipping and handling is determined and charged upon delivery, usually 1-2 years after the purchase).x

02. Bordeaux Futures - How am I billed?

The Initial Order Charges for the WINE ONLY!
Upon placing your order for a Bordeaux Future, your credit card will be billed that same day for the actual wine only.  When a futures wine is released, Wine.com will pay for the freight from chateaux to our warehouses. Your shipping costs will be the regular shipping rate at Wine.com at the time we ship your order.

Shipping and any applicable taxes will be charged later, when the wine arrives.
Once the futures arrive and you provide us with your preferred shipping address, the charge for any applicable sales tax and shipping and handling charges for your preferred delivery state will be added.

03. Bordeaux Futures - How do I cancel an order?

Bordeaux Future orders are non-refundable.
Once you place your order, Wine.com secures the contract within hours and you are invoiced directly. This means that all futures orders are not cancelable and are non-refundable.

Wine.com Account Credit will be less 20% if you cancel a Bordeaux Future order you placed.
If you no longer want a Bordeaux Future order that you placed, Wine.com will take the burden to resell the wine.  There is a 20% cancellation fee that will be deducted from your credit.  The remaining amount will be applied as a credit to your Wine.com account. We do not process credit card refunds for these cancellations. 

04. Bordeaux Futures - Can I select my delivery date now?

Bordeaux Future orders will not allow you to choose a delivery date.
At the time you place your order, the wine is not  ready. Exact dates for the release from each Château is not set at the time Futures are sold.  When your order arrives, we will contact you before we ship it.  At that time, you can provide us with your preferred delivery date as well as update us with your preferred shipping address (if it has changed since you placed the order). x

05. Bordeaux Futures - What if I move before the wine is available?

Wine.com will contact you before shipping any Bordeaux Futures that arrive!
Since these wines are purchased a year or more before they are released and ready to ship to you, we will not automatically ship them upon arrival.  To ensure you receive the wine to your preferred delivery address, we will contact you as futures arrive.  At that time, we will ask for the delivery address, preferred delivery date and will also collect updated credit card information for the shipping and handling and applicable taxes. 

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