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Bordeaux Futures

WHAT ARE BORDEAUX FUTURES?

Futures, or en primeur, as it’s called in Bordeaux, is a method of purchasing a specific vintage of wine before it is bottled and released in the market.

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 market conditions, prices are set on future bottlings of that Bordeaux vintage. As futures are released for pre-sale, Wine.com secures allocations and makes the wines available for sale.

WHY BUY WINE THAT IS NOT YET BOTTLED?

Many Bordeaux Futures won’t arrive for a year or two, so the advantage of ordering today is that you can secure a supply of often hard-to-find wines, at a lower price than when the vintage becomes more broadly available (though there is no guarantee).

BILLING AND DELIVERY OF BORDEAUX FUTURES

Upon placing a Bordeaux Futures order, your credit card will be charged a deposit equivalent to the wine, shipping & handling and the applicable taxes.

Prices do not include any U.S. import tariffs that may be in effect and due upon arrival.

Wine.com absorbs the cost of shipping to our warehouses from overseas. Your shipping costs will reflect the regular Wine.com shipping charges at the time your order is placed. If you are a StewardShip member at the time of purchase, you will not be charged for standard shipping.

Once we have received the wine in our warehouse, we will contact you to confirm your shipping address and schedule delivery, as well as resolve any applicable tariffs.

Due to the exceptional nature of securing and importing these wines, cancellation of a Bordeaux Futures order will be subject to a fee equal to 20% of the wine.

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions about Futures, please contact our Fine Wine Specialists at bordeauxfutures@wine.com.

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