Millesima was founded by Patrick Bernard in 1983 and remains Europe’s leading fine wine merchant. They are standing among the five biggest buyers of “Grands Crus Classés” in the world and offer an extensive range of Grands Crus Classés wine from Bordeaux covering the best vintages of the past 15 years.
They offer an amazing range of over 2.5 million bottles of wine in their cellars and their wine list includes not only the Cru Classés and Cru Bourgeois from Bordeaux but also wines from the best estates in the Rhone Valley, Burgundy, Alsace, Champagne and the Provence.
Out of 400 accredited negociants in Bordeaux, Millesima is ranked among the oldest and largest buyers of Bordeaux Primeurs for nearly 30 years, with an annual average of 70,000 cases, or 840,000 bottles.
Tips on choosing a wine merchant
If you are considering buying wine en primeur, it’s important to choose a reputable wine merchant; whenever you buy a product that will not be delivered straight away, there is a risk you won’t receive your wine. You may have already heard stories about merchants who have failed to deliver the wine after having filed for bankruptcy, or eventually delivered a spoiled wine as stored in poor conditions.
To avoid that risk, look for an established wine merchant who has been in the wine trade for years, is financially solvent, and will store your wine in an ideal environment.
The Millesima wine merchant has a distinct advantage: they are one of the 400 established wine merchants who act on the Place de Bordeaux, they have the second largest inventory of fine wines in Bordeaux. These assets are your best guarantees ensuring the delivery of your future and mature wines.
How Millesima is different from other wine merchants is that they buy their wine exclusively, directly from the producing estate (no middleman) in their OWC before being delivered to their cellars. The wines have thus only been stored in two cellars: the producer’s and Millesima’s.
Besides, Antoine Gimbert is your privileged advisor: he tastes each wine several times and will share his tasting notes with passion. He will assist and advise you according to your budget, your tastes, and your requirements.
- Implemented in 11 major countries of western Europe (France, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and Portugal)
- The very first non-American company to have obtained a sales licence for wines and spirits retailing in the State of New-York for its US subsidiary, which has just opened a new cellar in the very heart of Manhattan, on the corner of the 2nd Avenue and the 72nd Street, in the middle of the “Upper East Side”, the Wall Street finance and business lawyers area.
- Since July 2009 a physical presence with the opening of cellars in the very posh residential area of “La Pinède”, just besides the road giving access to St Tropez.
- Since 2010, implemented in Hong Kong thanks to its website www.millesima.com.hk.
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Written by Decanter