What is En Primeur?



Also known as ‘Lying Abroad’, the term ‘En Primeur’ refers to wines that are yet to be shipped into the UK. They may even still be in barrel. You buy these wines by the case and they are delivered at a later date.

Tanners En Primeur offers provide a good way to secure some of the most sought-after wines at opening prices. In addition we ensure that it is an advantageous way to buy favourite mid-priced wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhône, Germany and the Douro Valley. En Primeur also allows you to secure fine wines in large formats or halves.

Timings of offers follow an established pattern starting with Bordeaux each May/June; Châteauneuf-du-Papes in November; Burgundies in January; the bulk of the Rhônes in March then Vintage Ports (if declared) in May. Growers being growers, there are always exceptions! We collate orders as best we can whilst avoiding shipping in the heat of summer and despatching during the busy Christmas period. There are no delivery charges for despatches to mainland UK home or work addresses.

When ordering Lying Abroad wines, you pay for the wine itself when you place the order and then the duty and VAT at the prevailing rates on the whole at the time of shipment, which can be from a couple of months to a couple of years later. You may find this a great way to split the cost of your wines. If you’re still unsure how it works, please call our Fine Wine Team on 01743 234455 or email fine.wine@tanners-wines.co.uk - they will be happy to explain in more detail.

If you would like to defer further the cost of duty and VAT, you should consider storing your wines ‘In Bond’. Find out more about Wine Storage.

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