For a number of years, I have cultivated relationships with producers and negociants in France and Italy. The benefits are many and provide great savings that are then passed on to you – the customer:
1) By buying direct, we eliminate layers of people who make a fee on every aspect of the transaction. Standard cost for a $50 bottle of wine from a producer in France is 28% for an importer, 25-28% for a distributor and 30-35% for a retailer. In the end, you are likely to pay $120 for that bottle. Our fee is 10%, so you will pay $55.99!!
2) Since we do most of our purchasing when we have orders, we don’t charge extra to store the wines. As a result – once again – we save cost and pass the savings on to you.
3) When buying direct from either an estate or reputable negociants, we’re certain that the wine has been stored properly. When buying through alternate channels, often times the history of the wine is not available. Bottles could have been poorly stored, transacted at auction or even possibly faked.
4) If the wine is bad – as occasionally happens – and needs to be returned, we can go back to those negociants or estates and have the money refunded. Conversely, if you purchase a bad bottle from a retailer, there’s no guarantee you’ll get your money back.
5) Buying direct provides more choice, as negociants have access to libraries of older wines from the Chateaux and that access is forwarded to us and on to you.
The disadvantages for buying direct:
1) The primary disadvantage is that it takes about 60 days from the date a pallet is ordered (about 50 cases) to the day we receive the wines. You have to be patient…
2) Sometimes a wine may already be in the US, purchased at a lesser price a few years ago. That is why we compare prices on a regular basis to make sure our clients receive wines that are not only in impeccable condition but have excellent pricing as well.
Here is my current offer for wines available late this Fall
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Great Inexpensive Buys
Chateau Bernadotte 2010. WE 92 pts. $19.99.10 cases to sell.
Chateau Lilian Ladouys 2010. WE 94. WS Top 100 Wines of the Year. $23.99. 2 cases to sell.
Chateau Lanessan 2010. JS 92 pts. $18.99. 10 cases to sell.
Chateau Haut Bergey 2004. RP 90. $24.99. 3 cases to sell.
Great Inexpensive Buys, currently in stock
Chateau d’Arce 2013. WA 90-92 pts. $15.99. 8 cases to sell.
Chateau Barde Haut 2001. WA 91-92 pts. $35.99. 3 cases to sell.
Chateau Barde Haut 2004. WA 90 pts. $24.99. 3 cases to sell.
Chateau Barde Haut 2010. RP 93 pts. $35.99. 4 cases to sell.
Chateau Thieuley Blanc 2015. My favorite light white! $11.99. 5 cases to sell.