Major En Primeur Campaigns
Bordeaux châteaux sell each new vintage en primeur, in the Spring following that of the harvest. The wines are then usually shipped into the UK during the Spring two years later.
The fine wines of Burgundy are offered en primeur in the January two years after the harvest. The wines are shipped into the UK during the Spring of the following year.
The Rhône valley releases their wines about 18 months after the vintage, usually between November and February. The current 2007 vintage has been extremely well received and compared to the equally brilliant 1990.
Other regions that offer fine wines en primeur include Tuscany, Piemonte and Port. The latter only releases vintage wines when conditions are favourable to the production of a fine wine with great longevity. The decision on whether to declare a vintage is made in the spring of the second year following the harvest.