Bordeaux 2020 | Where quality meets affordability

We’ve selected a range of our favourite estates spanning Bordeaux and providing excellent typicity for their respective terroir. From the graphite notes and grainy tannins of St Estephe, to the hedonistic succulent fruit of St Emilion and Pomerol, these are wines you can comfortably lay down for twenty to thirty years, knowing with certainty that when you do pop the cork they’ll offer everything you expect of mature top end claret. We’ve specifically chosen these wines because of their brilliant performance in 2020, outperforming their peers, exceeding expectations and delivering far more than their price tags might suggest.

 

Built to age and sure to please, these are a great choice to diversify your 2020 cellar.

2020 - Ch Berliquet Grand Cru Classé St Emilion
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Berliquet
Region
St Emilion, Red Bordeaux
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking
2025 - 2043
Case size
6x75cl
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2020 CH BERLIQUET GRAND CRU CLASSÉ ST EMILION - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Berliquet
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking
2025 - 2043
Case size
6x75cl
En Primeur
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Case price £218.00 (Ex. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • NM

    Neal Martin, May 2021,
    Score: 88-90

    The 2020 Berliquet has an open, quite generous bouquet of high-toned, quite floral aromas (iris and violet petals) mixed with Dorset plum, bilberry and wild strawberry. The palate is medium-bodied with a medicinal, menthol-tinged opening, ripe and again, generous. The candied finish just needs to show a little more restraint. Fine, but it will have to manifest more elegance and composure by the time of bottling. Perhaps it was unfair to pour this against the 2020 Canon, also owned by the Wertheimer family, but it highlighted the difference between their respective terroirs. Drink 2025 - 2038

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, May 2021,
    Score: 94-96

    The 2020 Berliquet is composed of 69% Merlot and 31% Cabernet Franc, weighing in at 14.5% alcohol. It is aging in French oak barrels, 50% new. Deep purple-black colored, it trots casually out of the glass with effortlessly flamboyant scents of stewed black cherries, warm plums and baked blackberries, plus hints of chocolate mint, violets and licorice with a touch of fertile loam. The medium to full-bodied palate is very tightly wound with layers of ripe black fruits and earthy accents, framed by finely grained tannins and tons of freshness, finishing long and fragrant. Drink 2026-2046

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, June 2021,
    Score: 89-91

    The 2020 Berliquet is the first wine that shows a real change in direction under its new ownership and the team headed by Nicolas Audebert. Bright and chiseled with energy this mid-weight Saint-Émilion is quite promising. Crushed red flowers, mint, sweet red berry fruit. There is still a bit of grittiness in the tannin, but this is a decidedly more finessed style than the wines of the recent past. Drink 2026 - 2040

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, May 2021,
    Score: 94-96

    The Chanel groups most recent acquisition in Bordeaux , with its vineyards adjoing their other great St Emilion property Ch Canon is a classic. The soils are a little more diverse, clay, limestone and sand lending itself perfectly for both the merlot and cabernet franc grape varieties. A wine with extraordinary polish, characters of plums, sloes and damson. It reflects a fine composition between a plush richness and bright fresh purity. The finish shows some tannic, limestone tension and the lasting memory is one of sweet blueberry. Nothing is forced and this shows St Emilion at its best.

  • WCI

    Wine Cellar Insider, May 2021,
    Score: 94-96

    Quite floral in nature, with tinges of orange rind, cherry blossoms, licorice, red plum liqueur and minerality on the nose. The wine is elegant, fresh, polished, sweet and long. Silky and precise, with no hard edges, there is length and salty tannins with energetic, pure red fruits squeezed over crushed rocks and stones. This is the best vintage of Berliquet I have ever tasted. The wine blends 69 % Merlot with 31 % Cabernet Franc 14.5% ABV. 94-96

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2021,
    Score: 16.5

    Clean and effortless in style. Delicate summer-fruit notes with a hint of mint. Juicy and fresh with chalky tannins and dry finish. Eminently digeste. (JL) Drink 2026 – 2035

  • JD

    Jeb Dunnuck, May 2021,
    Score: 92-94

    Notes of iron, toasty oak, violets, and ample red and blue fruits emerge from the 2020 Château Berliquet, a medium to full-bodied, gorgeously balanced and textured Saint-Emilion based on 69% Merlot and 31% Cabernet Franc. It has a solid kick of background oak, but the fruit is incredibly pure and it has a great mid-palate and outstanding length. Still aging in 50% new French oak, it should benefit from short-term cellaring and cruise for 15 years or more in cold cellars.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, May 2021,
    Score: 17.5

    With a slightly quieter palate than some, Berliquet is fairly shy right now and the oak seems to be dominating the perfume. On the palate, the fruit is composed, elegant, long and refined and it is here that one senses that this is a wine with beguiling potential. Cherry-soaked, pure and persistent, 2020 Berliquet is a rather elegant beast and it shows floral notes and lovely control on its long finish. Do not expect this wine to drink as young as many in this vintage, but when it opens at around the eight-year mark, I expect it will have brought the florals from the back of the flavour to the very front of the perfume, thus signalling it is ready to welcome you to the table. This is a surprise find in 2020 and I urge you to seek it out.

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2020 - Ch d'Issan 3ème Cru Margaux
Colour
Red
Producer
Château d'Issan
Region
Margaux, Red Bordeaux
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot
Drinking
2026 - 2052
Case size
6x75cl
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2020 CH D'ISSAN 3ÈME CRU MARGAUX - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château d'Issan
Region
Margaux
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot
Drinking
2026 - 2052
Case size
6x75cl
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Case price £254.00 (Ex. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • NM

    Neal Martin, May 2021,
    Score: 93-95

    The 2020 Château d’Issan, picked from September 17 to October 2 and blended in early January, then matured in 50% new oak, has a beautiful and very pure bouquet of blackberry, blueberry and light cranberry notes intertwined with crushed stone and subtle potpourri and violet scents, all wonderfully focused and exquisitely defined. The palate is medium-bodied with gentle but insistent grip on the entry. The tannins are very chiseled and the acidity lends plenty of tension that is palpable from start to finish. This is a sophisticated Margaux in the making, full of breeding and class. Drink 2026 - 2055

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, May 2021,
    Score: 93-95

    The 2020 D'Issan is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec, aging in French oak barriques, 50% new. It has an alcohol of 13.29%, a pH of 3.71 and an IPT (tannin index) of 73. Displaying an opaque purple-black color, it has vibrant notes of Bing cherries, boysenberries, ripe redcurrants and juicy black plums, plus hints of pencil shavings, wild thyme, lavender and forest floor. The medium-bodied palate has impressive energy with crunchy red and black fruits and compelling tension, framed by fine-grained tannins, finishing long and mineral laced. Drink 2025-2045

  • DC

    Decanter, May 2021,
    Score: 96

    This is a sinewy, powerful and forward-moving wine with a sense of momentum. Moreish, with the elegance and plump damson fruits that Issan delivers so well, but more muscular than some years with the impact of both Petit Verdot and Malbec that are in the blend for the first time in this vintage. These add layers of spice and the overall architecture is clear. Peony and violet notes add a kick upwards on the finish, this has a delicacy even though it is intense. Less Cabernet in the blend in 2020 than in 2019, as is often the case in the Médoc due to low yields. This new blend in Issan will be seen going forward after the addition of plots from the purchase of Château Pontac-Lynch. Drink 2028-2045 (JA)

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, June 2021,
    Score: 93-95

    The 2020 d'Issan is the first vintage that incorporates Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec to complement the traditional Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in the blend. Pretty floral and savory accents complement a core of ripe red/purplish berry fruit. Medium in body and vibrant, with superb persistence, Issan is shaping up to be a jewel of a wine. The purity of the flavors is striking. Harvest took place over three weeks between September 17 through October 2, which is only about a week earlier than normal, so not that displaced relative to what was the norm in much of Bordeaux. Tasted three times. Drink 2035 - 2055

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, May 2021,
    Score: 93-95

    Full of cassis and a smattering of herbal spring flowers, this has an easy effortless feel to it, nothing is forced and shows off one of the highest proportions of merlot in their blend in recent years similar to in percentage to the 2005 and 2010 vintages. The racy freshness accentuates both the sweetness and purity of fruit.The tannic structure is perfectly judged and the final sensation of fresh coffee bean and mocha provide additional pleasure.

  • WCI

    Wine Cellar Insider, May 2021,
    Score: 94-96

    The first vintage to include 5 Bordeaux varietals in the blend starts out with violets, wet earth, spice, cherries, espresso and currants on the nose. From there the wine is fresh, energetic, elegant and complex. Full-bodied, silky, long and intense, with the essence of minerality paired with spice and fruit in the finish. This will age and evolve for at least 2-3 decades. Produced from a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2021,
    Score: 17.5

    Classic Issan but with more aromatic complexity and a tad more length. Intense, floral with smooth, elegant tannins and balancing freshness. Persistent finish. (JL) 13.3%. Drink 2028 – 2045

  • JD

    Jeb Dunnuck, May 2021,
    Score: 93-95+

    More backward, dense, and concentrated, the Grand Vin 2020 Château D'Issan offers darker currant and cassis notes as well as gorgeous floral, sandalwood, graphite, and chocolate nuances. Medium to full-bodied, voluptuous, and layered on the palate, with sweet yet building tannins, this is a gorgeous Margaux that brings ample depth and richness while still showing the classic elegance of the appellation. The blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec, raised in 50% new oak, and it’s a selection of only 45% of the total production. It's going to have some up-front appeal and a broad, lengthy drink window over the following 2-3 decades. Tasted twice.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, May 2021,
    Score: 17.5+

    This is quite a structured wine and the mid-palate is dark and firm. The oak seems a little too over the top and the tannins are commanding but not drying and while it seems a little out of sorts and disjointed right now it will sort itself out in due course. There is just a little something missing here and I venture it is simply a few more days of sunshine.

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2020 - Ch Beau-Séjour Bécot 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Beauséjour Bécot
Region
St Emilion, Red Bordeaux
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking
2026 - 2047
Case size
6x75cl
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2020 CH BEAU-SÉJOUR BÉCOT 1ER GRAND CRU CLASSÉ ST EMILION - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Beauséjour Bécot
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking
2026 - 2047
Case size
6x75cl
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Case price £258.00 (Ex. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • NM

    Neal Martin, May 2021,
    Score: 92-94

    The 2020 Beau-Séjour Bécot was picked 8 September until 30 September, but mostly between 8-12 September, around 70% of the production. It is one of the highest percentages of Merlot in recent years partly due to restructuring of the vineyard and also higher yields (47-48hl/ha) compared to the Cabernets. With no SO2 used during fermentation and matured in 55% new oak (20hl Stockinger and Taransaud foudres and regular barriques) it is tightly wound on the nose, so I afforded the sample an hour to really open. It offers predominantly red berry fruit, wild mint and traces of dried honey, more floral scents emerging, violet and iris flower blossoming with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with pliant tannins, very well judged acidity, a very graceful and unpretentious Saint-Émilion, harmonious with a touch of white pepper enhancing the precise finish. This is a classically styled Beau-Séjour Bécot that conveys a brooding intensity, so I would give it several years in the cellar. Drink 2028-2048

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, May 2021,
    Score: 95-97+

    Displaying a deep purple-black color, the 2020 Beau-Sejour Becot prances out of the glass with showy scents of preserved plums, chocolate-covered cherries, wild blueberries and raspberry preserves, plus suggestions of rose oil, ground cloves and licorice. The elegantly crafted, medium-bodied palate shimmers with energy, offering a fantastic intensity of crunchy red and black fruits, supported by fine-grained tannins and bold freshness, finishing long and perfumed. Simply stunning. Drink 2026-2050

  • DC

    Decanter, May 2021,
    Score: 95

    Velvety rich deep blue fruits, this is powerful and measured, fruit-forward and yet subtle, layered blueberry and raspberry with smoked almonds and mocha on the finish. Sleek and finessed fruit flavours, a sense of forward motion from beginning to end and a burst of freshly-grated minerality on the finish. Extremely good quality. This is the second to last vintage in the new cellar, before building a new cellar for 2023 vintage. They have done a lot of work in the vineyards studying the terroir to understand how smaller sectors and zones within each plot reacts, and this work of studying the plots will help to inform the new cellar. Harvest September 8th to September 29th. 3.5ph. A yield of 42hl/ha. 16 months ageing in 65% new oak barrel, 35% in vats, amphoras and 20hl oak tanks. Thomas Duclos consultant. Drink 2028-2044

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, May 2021,
    Score: 94-96

    A new direction in recent vintages makes this exceptional property’s reinstatement to 1er Grand Cru-Classé highly likely during the current reclassification process. This is a delightful wine picked early to keep hold of all the aromatic goodness of the grapes. The core of merlot (85%) is instrumental to the wine's deep opaque colour and ripe, dark morello cherry and plum fruit bouquet. The perfect combination between plush rich succulence and lively freshness. There is a sense of structure and powerful depth, without force. Very classy and very long.

  • JS

    James Suckling, May 2021,
    Score: 96-97

    This has a fantastic finish with crushed blackberries and raspberries and salt undertones. It’s full-bodied, yet really racy and polished with such fine, intense tannins. Love the length to this. Very distinguished and toned. Excellent energy. 85% merlot, 13% cabernet franc and 2% cabernet sauvignon.

  • WCI

    Wine Cellar Insider, May 2021,
    Score: 96-98

    With striking floral notes on the nose, you also find licorice, Asian spice, spearmint, cigar wrapper and an array of red and black plums. The wine is lifted, elegant, refined and focused on its purity and silky tannins. The energetic palate leaves you with layers of velvet-textured, sensuous, spicy fruits that lingers and expands for over 50 seconds in the finish. This is a new level of quality at Beau-Sejour Becot and also a change in style with less volume, but more intensity, purity and precision.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2021,
    Score: 17+

    Absolute expression of place with stony, chalky notes superimposed over the berry fruit. Lovely texture of tannin, the palate fine, fresh, fruity and persistent. Really elegant and digeste. Reinforces the change of style seen since 2017. (JL) Drink 2027-2045

  • JD

    Jeb Dunnuck, May 2021,
    Score: 94-96

    The vivid purple-hued 2020 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot is another ethereal, incredibly perfumed, mineral-laced Saint-Emilion, which is common from wines from the upper, limestone plateau. Gorgeous cassis and black cherry fruits as well as floral notes, violets, and chalky minerality all define the nose, and it’s medium-bodied, has wonderfulness and purity, and reveals a liqueur of rocks-like minerality on the finish. It’s another thrillingly complete wine from this team that shines for its purity, elegance, and complexity.

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2020 - Ch La Clotte Grand Cru St Emilion
Colour
Red
Producer
Château la Clotte
Region
St Emilion, Red Bordeaux
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking
2026 - 2037
Case size
6x75cl
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2020 CH LA CLOTTE GRAND CRU ST EMILION - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château la Clotte
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking
2026 - 2037
Case size
6x75cl
En Primeur
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Case price £285.00 (Ex. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2021,
    Score: 17

    Definitely on an upward curve these days. Lovely pitch of pure, dark fruit. Hint of liquorice as well. Energy and concentration on the palate, the plentiful but silky tannins providing power and persistence. Shows both muscle and finesse. (JL) Drink 2027 – 2038

2020 - Ch Clerc Milon 5ème Cru Pauillac
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Clerc Milon
Region
Pauillac, Red Bordeaux
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2028 - 2045
Case size
6x75cl
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2020 CH CLERC MILON 5ÈME CRU PAUILLAC - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Clerc Milon
Region
Pauillac
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2028 - 2045
Case size
6x75cl
En Primeur
In Bond
Case price £345.00 (Ex. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • NM

    Neal Martin, May 2021,
    Score: 91-93

    The 2020 Clerc Milon has a crisp, well-defined bouquet that you might suspect derives from a cooler growing season. Mainly black fruit here, along with cedar and light sea spray/estuarine scents, unfolding nicely in the glass but always keeping something back. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins. An elegant rather than powerful Clerc Milon, with a slightly ferrous, well-structured but never grippy finish and a saline aftertaste. Give this 4–5 years in bottle. Classic Pauillac through and through. Drink 2027 - 2045

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, May 2021,
    Score: 92-94

    The 2020 Clerc Milon - a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot with just a splash of Carmenere - has a deep garnet-purple color, opening with notes of tar, unsmoked cigars, bouquet garni and graphite, giving way to a core of ripe black and red currants, boysenberries and tree bark, plus a touch of black olives. The medium-bodied palate delivers fantastic tension and impressively ripe, fine-grained tannins to support the crunchy, energetic black fruit flavors, finishing with a lively herbal lift. Drink 2025-2040

  • DC

    Decanter, May 2021,
    Score: 94

    Powerful, a little austere with tight black fruits that will benefit from adding flesh over ageing, as the tannins are a little angular right now. The freshly crushed mint leaf finish is beautiful, and this is is ripped with powerful nuanced fruit, tobacco and earthy flavours, followed by waves of violet flowers. Good quality, not as exuberant as some years of Clerc Milon. First year of Caroline Artaud to oversee the entire vintage, as Jean-Philippe Danjoy has headed over to Mouton. 2% Petit Verdot completes the blend. 50% new oak. There is also 0.6% of Carmanère in the blend. Drink 2028-2044 (JA)

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, June 2021,
    Score: 90-92

    The 2020 Clerc Milon is soft, fruity and supple. Inky red fruit, plum, lavender, rose petal and spice all meld together in the glass. The 2020 is not terribly complex, but it is open-knit, radiant, and incredibly appealing, even in the early going. I suspect it will offer quite a bit of pleasure right out of the gate. The proportion of Merlot is a bit higher in this year's blend, which no doubt contributes to the wine's appeal. Tasted two times. Drink 2025 - 2040

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, May 2021,
    Score: 94-96

    53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot Tremendous in every way! Attention seeking aromas of liquorice, black olive, mocha and Arabian spice. As the initial attack of succulence and juiciness unfolds, the bright driven Pauillac energy develops in the palate to give a feeling of precision and structure. Very composed with appellational masculinity and the lift of freshness at the finish shows off a wine with great potential.

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2021,
    Score: 94-95

    This is very full and layered with lots of blackcurrant and walnut and hints of spice. It’s full-bodied and chewy, yet the tannins are polished and energetic.

  • WCI

    Wine Cellar Insider, May 2021,
    Score: 94-96

    With a floral, spicy, tobacco leaf, currant and chocolate filled perfume, the wine is elegant, fresh, supple and silky. There is a beautiful sweetness to the currants, cherries and plums in the mouth. The sensation of the Merlot comes through the blend more than usual as you find a touch of dark chocolate gently coating your palate in the finish, adding length, texture and complexity. This is so good now. But it is going to be even better with 7-9 years of age. The wine blends 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot, 13.3% ABV. 94-96

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2021,
    Score: 17.5

    Dense and profound with layers of fruit and tannin. Subdued nose with a floral note. Tannins powdery but very finely layered. Exudes power but is harmonious at the same time. (JL) 13.3%. Drink 2027 – 2045

  • JD

    Jeb Dunnuck, May 2021,
    Score: 93-95

    The top wine 2020 Château Clerc Milon checks in as 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, and the balance Petit Verdot and Carmenère, and it's another beauty, offering both richness and elegance. Ripe currants, cassis, damp earth, graphite, and crushed stone-like minerality define the bouquet, and it's medium to full-bodied, with a more focused, pure texture, plenty of expansive richness on the mid-palate, and ripe, building tannins. This beautifully layered, pure wine shows the style of the vintage nicely.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, April 2021,
    Score: 17.5+

    The nose is a little muted on Clerc Milon and the palate seems a little more slender than usual, too, but this is not surprising when you read the super-fit 13.28% alcohol. While it might seem like this wine is perhaps not quite plush enough to support the oak and the tannins, which are rather noble, that there is surprising energy behind the scenes. Going back to the nose, there is a haunting red fruit aspect to Clerc Milon which, combined with the darker tones on the palate, is yearning to be set free. This is an extremely elegant wine and one which will certainly open up beautifully given time.

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Tax status

  • IB: In Bond. These wines have had no UK Duty or VAT paid on them. Wines can be purchased In Bond for storage in Private Reserves or another bonded warehouse, or for export to non-EU countries.

  • DP: Duty Paid. Wines for immediate UK delivery must be purchased Duty Paid. VAT is payable on Duty Paid wines. Wines which have been removed from Bond cannot subsequently be returned to Bond. They must remain Duty Paid but can be purchased as such for storage subject to VAT.

  • EP: En Primeur. These wines are lying in the Domaines’ cellars until shipping. They can only be purchased In Bond. On arrival in the UK these wines can either be stored In Bond in Private Reserves or another bonded warehouse or delivered directly to you. When you decide to take delivery, Duty and VAT at the prevailing rate become payable.