What are the benefits of buying Wine Futures?
Even if you aren't a wine professional, you can still benefit from buying wine before it is bottled and released on the market. The biggest advantage of buying wine futures is price. The Futures price is almost always lower than the release price on the market. Buying wine Futures also allows you to buy the most highly demanded wines that may be virtually impossible to find when they are released on the market in a variety of different formats from half bottles to Nebuchadnezzar. In addition, when you purchase wines Futures from Millesima, you are guaranteed to receive wines of pristine provenance and in their original wooden cases if available. Special occasions are also a major reason why Futures wines are purchased. Year of birth, weddings, anniversaries, or a unique and rare wine to celebrate other milestones such as graduations or retirement are some situations when Futures wines can make the perfect gift.
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What is the timing of the en primeur campaign?
After En primeur/Futures week, which occurs every year after harvest in the late spring, prices will start releasing at any time. It is very unpredictable and no one knows when the wines will be released, so it’s very important to stay alert! A campaign that starts in mid-April can finish, for example, around mid-July, with variations according to vintage. The campaign concludes when each estate has released its prices.
Why can't I buy by just one half-bottle / bottle / magnum?
Purchasing Futures wines in limited quantities is possible and will be dealt with on a per-basis circumstance. However, please keep in mind that purchasing just one or two bottles of Futures wines is virtually insufficient, as these wines develop slowly and there is no way of knowing the perfect time to open the bottle. It would be a shame to open the wine when it is not at its peak. By purchasing more than one bottle, you can take the journey with the wine over time. Please contact us at our retail location located on Manhattan's Upper East Side at 212-639-9463, and we would be happy to assist you.
What if I want to know more about a wine before I buy it?
Wine critics, journalists, Chateau owners and more professionals in the Wine Industry will publicly post copious amounts of information during the Futures campaign, which starts in April and ends once all the Chateaus release their prices. In addition to these industry professionals, Millesima employs a team of wine experts from a wide range of educational disciplines and backgrounds. Every year, our team participates in the En-Primeur week tastings in Bordeaux and we are always eager to share our experiences with you.