Saturday, February 03, 2007

Buying DRC

We are approaching the first of the 2007 en primeurs - the Domaine de la Romanee Conti 2004's are solicited next week. Now hopefully we should be on good footing to get what we want this year, because the agents who handle DRC in the UK forgot all about us last year. So we didnt get anything at all. Which truth be told isnt a bad thing. Its going to be interesting, because reading the forecast of the vintage from Clive Coates, the 2004's are going to be a quite good vintage for reds, but not predicted to have the length or longevity of better vintages. This hopefully means the prices will be a bit more sensible, but where the French are concerned who the hell knows!! Once we get the information from C&B we submit our "tender" ie what we would like to recieve. As the wines are usually in short supply and high demand (guess that answers the price issue!) what then happens is that C&B look at your spending record with them over the last year. The more you buy from them the better your chances of getting what you want are. So we shall just have to wait and see.

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