En Primeur, also known as Wine Futures, is the term given to the purchase of wine whilst it is still maturing in barrel, before it is bottled and released onto the wider market. At Armit Wines, we regularly offer wines for sale En Primeur from Italy (especially Super Tuscans, Barolo and Barbaresco from Piedmont), Bordeaux En Primeur, Burgundy En Primeur, Rhône En Primeur, Spain En Primeur and in declared vintages, Port En Primeur too.
For fine wine merchants, the purchase of wine En Primeur from Bordeaux is made through a historical process that still exists today, involving courtiers and négociants. Wines bought En Primeur from other regions such as Tuscany in Italy, tend to be direct and rely on the wine merchant having an excellent or exclusive relationship with the wine estate that produced the wine.
At Armit Wines, we are in the privileged position of being the exclusive importer to the UK of fine wines such as Ornellaia, Gaja, Tenuta San Guido (Sassicaia), Bruno Giacosa, La Rioja Alta S.A., Tua Rita, Fattoria Le Pupille, Romano Dal Forno, Domaine Huet, Agricola Punica, Hanzell, Querciabella, Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux, Giacomo Fenocchio and Diamond Creek. We also have very close relationships and regular allocations of fine wines from Château Lafleur, Domaine Leflaive, Domaine Montille, and Domaine Ravenau.
Wine bought En Primeur with Armit Wines can only be purchased by the unmixed case. En Primeur wines tend to be bottled and released up to two years after the initial En Primeur sale, but this varies from winemaking country to region, Château or Domaine.
Why Buy En Primeur?
To purchase wines at initial release prices. Historically, wines re-released after bottling have been more expensive (however there is no guarantee of this as some of the most recent vintages, especially from Bordeaux, will testify).
To secure an allocation of small-production wines that may sell out and then not be available on the market after the En Primeur sale. This is especially pertinent if you are aiming to create a vertical collection of wines from the same estate, but from different vintages.
To own a case of wine from the very beginning of its existence – wine provenance is very important.
To purchase wine from a vintage which has special meaning to a child, grandchild, godchild, partner, other relative or friend.
To be able to secure cases of fine wine in half bottles or large format wines in magnum, double magnum, jeroboam or imperial.
Buying En Primeur From Armit Wines
Armit Wines have been exclusively importing a number of leading fine wines from around the world since 1988, including large volumes of Cru Classé Bordeaux, Super Tuscans, Grands and Premiers Crus from Burgundy and icons from Spain, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, North and South America. We have a proven track record of over 30 years of successful and reliable trading.
We pride ourselves on offering our customers impartial and honest advice about each wine we choose to release in the UK. We collate independent wine critic’s scores and tasting notes alongside those of our own, to provide the widest possible pool of information to enable our customers to make informed purchase decisions.
Our private clients team offer our customers a dedicated personal account management service with no additional fee. They will be your primary point of contact for all purchases, concerns or questions about wine investment and current wine market conditions.
When your wines arrive into our wine storage facilities, we will contact you to inform you that they have been placed, In Bond, into your private reserves. You may opt to leave the wines to mature in your reserve, list them for sale with us or withdraw them.
No Hidden Costs
Our prices exclude VAT and Duty (all fine wine is sold In Bond during En Primeur) but do include shipping from wineries around the world to our wine storage facilities, warehouse receiving charges and onward delivery to your home within mainland UK – to have your wines delivered, please contact your account manager or email us.
We choose to price fine wine for sale in the UK at prices which we think are fair at any given time, taking into consideration market trends, exchange rates, supplier reputation and especially, what offers good value to our customers. There will always be other merchants able to offer the wines we sell at cheaper prices. However, peace of mind and reliability of service and supply can be worth more than a discounted price.
We are fortunate at Armit wines to be the exclusive importer to the UK for a variety of fine wines and this ensures that we are able to offer these wines for sale with impeccable wine provenance and knowledge that the wines have been shipped and stored under state-of-the-art temperature and movement controlled conditions.