offer of the day – bruno clavelier’s 2018s

Update 10.12.2020(11.12.2020)billn

Hot off the presses…

Bruno Clavelier 2018:
With the last year’s prices for the 2017s & 2016s (from the same merchant) in brackets:

Bourgogne Passetoutgrains 2018 75cl 22.50* (22.50, —) (Swiss francs)

Vosne-Romanée La Combe Brûlée 2018 75cl 90.00 (80.00, 84.00)
Vosne-Romanée Les Hautes Maizières 2018 75cl 90.00 (80.00, 84.00)

Gevrey-Chambertin Les Corbeaux 1er Cru 2018 75cl 135.00 (120.00, 123.00)
Vosne-Romanée Les Beaux Monts 1er Cru 2018 75cl 150.00 (130.00, 137.00)
Vosne-Romanée Aux Brûlées 1er Cru 2018 75cl 150.00 (130.00, 137.00)
Chambolle-Musigny Combe d’Orveaux 1er Cru 2018 75cl 160.00 (140.00, 147.00)

Corton Le Rognet V.V. Grand Cru 2018 75cl 155.00 (135.00, 144.00)

These prices are not delivered but do include the Swiss 7.8% purchase tax.

After a year where the prices dropped, it seems that normal service has resumed!

Agree? Disagree? Anything you'd like to add?

There is one response to “offer of the day – bruno clavelier’s 2018s”

  1. Mike de Lange11th December 2020 at 3:08 pmPermalinkReply

    FYI… prices ex-cellar did NOT drop from 2016 to 2017. That was your lovely importer gouging you. The 2018 price hike however -15% across the board- is the steepest I have seen since I started buying the 2007’s directly. I suspect the domaine may have started saving for the next generation to take over in a few few years, but I can’t be certain. I will ask the question when I pick up my allocation as soon as circumstances allow it, but one does not always get an answer…

    • billn14th December 2020 at 2:30 pmPermalinkReply

      Well Mike, gouging seems an emotive word, but it seems to me that’s it’s the reality for most buyers (not just from this retailer) ie those that are not lucky enough to be a private client of the domaine. I have dozens of examples where I am a private client (I appreciate luckily) where my own prices were stable for nearly 10 years, but those of official importers rose a little every single year…

      • Mike de Lange16th December 2020 at 3:46 pmPermalinkReply

        Well Bill, that is exactly my point, isn’t it? Except that for most of the past decades it was a lot more than a “little” yearly increase, not to mention the more than a handful of flagship domaines which got priced right out of the market for anyone but millionaires.
        It wasn’t until the recent string of small vintages that we saw the domaines themselves raise prices with 5-10% from 2011 to 2016, but nowhere near the massive hikes the trade inflicted upon us. The Burgundy wine trade is entirely based on the same unbridled greed that brought us the 2008 finance crises and I hope I live to see the time when it is abolished… and not just in the wine trade.

        • billn16th December 2020 at 4:10 pmPermalink

          I suppose what I’m failing to adequately spell out is, how do you know that prices to merchants are/were stable? Just because private client prices are stable the two are not necessarily connected. At many domaines the two are not connected. I don’t say that they are not at this domaine, only that I know they are not at many others…

        • Mike de Lange16th December 2020 at 5:26 pmPermalink

          That is a valid point and to be honest, I couldn’t be sure. I indeed know for a fact that prices are linked chez Clavelier and also for two domaines on the Côte de Beaune I buy from and have set up deals for in the past. I have however, no contacts who have kept either private or export prices stable over the past 10 years. I wish!

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