En Primeur allows members to order wines that are still maturing in their producers’ cellars abroad, taking advantage of first-release prices and securing a share of wines likely to be in high demand (subject to supply availability). When you order En Primeur wines, the following terms apply:
17.1. En Primeur Orders
En Primeur campaigns have a close date, indicated on our website or any materials promoting the campaign, by which orders must be received. If you submit an order after the close date, it will not be accepted.
En Primeur campaigns will also indicate the estimated date by which the wines will arrive in the UK. These dates are subject to change, but we will provide up-to-date information on our website and inform you if we anticipate a significant delay.
There may be other terms and conditions that apply to specific En Primeur campaigns, in which case we will notify you of these before you place your order. Any other terms and conditions that we notify to you will supplement these terms and will form a part of the contract between us.
17.2. Price and payment
Prices indicated for En Primeur wines are “in-bond” prices which are exclusive of VAT and duty; these are the prices that you pay when we confirm that your En Primeur order was successful. The prices include shipping to The Society and insurance.
“In-bond” (or “bonded”) means that taxes in the form of VAT and excise duty will be payable by you at the prevailing rates at a later stage. These taxes will be payable when you withdraw and take delivery of the wines, or when you choose to transfer the wines from our in-bond Members’ Reserves to our duty-paid Members’ Reserves.
The taxes that you pay will be at the prevailing rate at the time they become payable. If the rates of VAT or any duties increase between the time that you placed your order and the time that the taxes become payable, you may end up paying more than you expected when you initially placed your order.
Please note that VAT is calculated on the duty payable as well as the original in-bond En Primeur price.
The En Primeur price indicated includes free delivery to a single UK address (please see Section 8: Delivery for more information about delivery options).
Please note that we will take your payment details at the time you place your En Primeur order in order to validate your payment card. Payment will not be taken from your account until the wines have been allocated and we have invoiced you for the cost of the wines allocated to you.
17.3. Limited Supply
If demand exceeds supply for any particular wine, we will seek to share stock equally amongst those members who have expressed an interest. This may mean that stock is rationed to six, three or, exceptionally one, bottle(s) per member, regardless of how many cases were ordered by each member.
For some wines, cutting down orders in this way is sufficient action to ensure that everyone gets something, at least. However, for very oversubscribed wines, this may still not allow every member to have some wine.
In such cases we will allocate the stock. Allocations will be prioritised according to members' levels of support for the Society (based on ordering history). Members who have given greater support to the Society will have a better chance (but no certainty) of being allocated a rationed amount of wine, and those who have given less support will have a lesser chance (but still a chance).
Indicating a willingness to accept a substitute will not influence your chance of receiving the original wine.
17.4. Substitutions in En Primeur orders
If we are unable to fulfil your order due to stock availability, we will seek to complete your order with substitute wines chosen by our buyers to be of a similar style, quality and value. Where any substitute is of lower value, you will only be charged the lower amount.
If you are unhappy with any substitute wine that we have offered to you, within 7 days of receiving notice of the substitution you may contact us to amend your order or cancel the contract between us and receive a full refund (see Section 10: Returns and Cancellations for more information).
17.5. When the En Primeur wines arrive at Stevenage
We will contact you by email or post to let you know when the En Primeur wines arrive at our warehouses in Stevenage and are placed into In-Bond Members' Reserves, giving you the opportunity to provide instructions for alternative storage or delivery.
The wines will be left in In-Bond Members' Reserves unless you instruct us otherwise. You may opt to have your wines delivered within the UK, stored in Duty-Paid Members' Reserves, made available for collection from Stevenage, exported or transferred to an outside bonded warehouse.
Please note that only unmixed cases can be exported or transferred to outside bonded warehouses (for which there will be an administration charge).
If you wish to transfer any wines from In-bond to Duty-Paid Reserves, the entire quantity of that wine will need to be transferred and Duty & VAT will be payable.
Where the wines are stored in Members’ Reserves (whether In-Bond or Duty-Paid), we will charge you for the relevant rental charges from the start of your account’s next annual rental period (please see Section 18: Members’ Reserves below).