When you order wines En Primeur you buy wines that are as yet not available for physical delivery but are available for purchase. They are sold without Excise and VAT taxes, which may become payable when the wine physically arrives in the UK.
When a wine arrives in the UK is a matter of when it becomes available from the producer and when we are able to import it. Normally wines will be shipped 2-3 years after harvest, but it can take longer or less time.
Wines ordered En Primeur are lying abroad in cellars with the supplier until such time as they are ready to be shipped. The wines must be paid for prior to delivery. We confirm that the wines are being held on your behalf as of the date of order. If any of the wines cannot be delivered to you for any reason, you will be entitled to a refund of any money paid for the wines concerned.
When the wines are shipped to the UK they can either be transferred, under bond, to an account in a Bonded warehouse or delivered duty paid.
For Under Bond deliveries. Please indicate by return if you wish the wine to remain under bond and before the wine arrives provide details of the bonded warehouse address and the account you would like it held under. A charge for the under bond transfer will be made at the time of delivery.
For Duty Paid Deliveries. All prices exclude HM Excise, Customs and VAT. Current Excise rates are £26.78 per 9 litre case (equivalent to 12x75cl), Customs are Zero and VAT is currently charged at 20%. These taxes are liable to change, and will be charged at the prevailing rate when the goods are shipped and delivered. At that time, a refund will be issued for the value of the amount paid En Primeur and a new VAT invoice issued, including a charge for onward delivery. Only the balance of the two will be payable on delivery.