Bordeaux Futures

Bourdeaux Grapes

What Are Bordeaux Futures?

Futures, or en primeur, as it’s called in Bordeaux, is a method of purchasing a specific vintage of wine in advance, before it is bottled and released in the market. In early April each year, industry professionals gather in Bordeaux for the Unions des Grand Cru tastings (UGC), where they taste through barrel samples. Then the en primeur campaign begins and based on the quality of the wine, prices are set about 18 months before the wine is released in the general market.

Why Buy Bordeaux Futures?

  • To purchase wines at the initial release prices. Wines re-released after bottling or sold at retail in an excellent vintage will usually be considerably more expensive.
  • To secure allocations of small-production wines that may not be commercially available after “En Primeur” release. When these are gone, they are gone!
  • To own wine from the start of its life – provenance is priceless. You know that you bought it and have controlled its storage from the beginning.
  • To purchase a birth year vintage for a child, grandchild or godchild.
  • To purchase a wedding year vintage.
  • To purchase the latest vintages of a Château that you have followed and purchased over the years.

How Does It Work?

Bordeaux futures are an investment and basically, work like other market-traded commodities. Investors buy wine that has not yet reached the market. This allows the investor to obtain a potentially rare wine, at a bargain, then watch it increase in value. The wine is still in the barrels, unbottled, and won't be released for 12 to 18 months. Wine will begin to arrive after about 2 years.

Many of these wines have very limited availability. Purchases are on a first-come-first-served basis and are available by the solid case only (12 bottles unless otherwise noted). Bottle prices are displayed for comparison purposes only and do not indicate that these wines are available by the bottle.

Our Bordeaux Relationship

Michael’s On East Co-Proprietor Michael Klauber is our in-house Bordeaux specialist. He has spent a considerable amount of time in France exploring the vineyards, tasting the wines, and building personal relationships with the Chateaux owners. He works to ensure that Michael’s Wine Cellar offers outstanding Bordeaux Futures every year.

If you have any questions you call Michael’s Wine Cellar at (941) 366-0007 Ext. 249.

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Bordeaux Madness

BORDEAUX MADNESS For a Limited Time: Special Sale Prices on Many of Bordeaux's Best [caption id="attachment_3995" align="alignnone" width="1000"]Bordeaux Winemakers Jérôme Ducasse (La Vintage), Anne Riives (Chateau d'Issan & Chateau Pedesclaux), Hugo Bernard (Domaine de Chevalier), Mattieu Bordes (Chateau Lagrange), Michael Klauber, Pauline Lurton (Chateau Ferriere & Chateau Haut Bages Liberal), Jean Philippe Janoueix (Chateau La Croix St Georges), Caroline Decoster (Chateau Fleur Cardinale) and Coralie de Boüard (Chateau La Fleur de Boüard)[/caption] Bordeaux MadnessThis past January, Michael Klauber and his team at Michael's Wine Cellar enjoyed spending time with this wonderful group of winemakers - many we have already followed for years plus several new vintner friends - as part of the Forks & Corks Food & Wine Festival. In fact, many of their wines received medals in the 2017 Forks & Corks Wine Competition!

We continue to celebrate their Bordeaux Chateaux with a special online sale this spring. Please be sure to shop now as these "Bordeaux Madness" special prices are available only for a limited time. (Plus many of these extraordinary vintages are limited as well!)

Click here to take advantage of special sale prices  on these fine Bordeaux wines. BORDEAUX MADNESS BEGINS TODAY!
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Bordeaux Madness

BORDEAUX MADNESS For a Limited Time: Special Sale Prices on Many of Bordeaux's Best [caption id="attachment_3995" align="alignnone" width="1000"]Bordeaux Winemakers Jérôme Ducasse (La Vintage), Anne Riives (Chateau d'Issan & Chateau Pedesclaux), Hugo Bernard (Domaine de Chevalier), Mattieu Bordes (Chateau Lagrange), Michael Klauber, Pauline Lurton (Chateau Ferriere & Chateau Haut Bages Liberal), Jean Philippe Janoueix (Chateau La Croix St Georges), Caroline Decoster (Chateau Fleur Cardinale) and Coralie de Boüard (Chateau La Fleur de Boüard)[/caption] Bordeaux MadnessThis past January, Michael Klauber and his team at Michael's Wine Cellar enjoyed spending time with this wonderful group of winemakers - many we have already followed for years plus several new vintner friends - as part of the Forks & Corks Food & Wine Festival. In fact, many of their wines received medals in the 2017 Forks & Corks Wine Competition!

We continue to celebrate their Bordeaux Chateaux with a special online sale this spring. Please be sure to shop now as these "Bordeaux Madness" special prices are available only for a limited time. (Plus many of these extraordinary vintages are limited as well!)

Click here to take advantage of special sale prices on these fine Bordeaux wines. BORDEAUX MADNESS BEGINS TODAY!
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A Night in Bordeaux

A Night in Bordeaux Featuring Seven Chateaux & Visiting Winemakers! Saturday, January 28, 2017 7 pm at Michael’s on the Bay at Selby Gardens $95, plus tax and gratuity per person; Advanced reservations are required. This event has SOLD OUT. Call 941-366-0007, ext. 229 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your complete name and contact information to be added to the wait list. 
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Forks & Corks 2017 Events

Forks and Corks 2017Please join us for multiple wine events offered by the Michael's Wine Cellar and Michael's On East team as part of the 2017 Forks & Corks Food & Wine Festival!  Michael's Forks & Corks Retail Wine Tasting Saturday, January 28, 2017 3-5 pm at Michael’s Wine Cellar Hosted by 10+ visiting winemakers and winery owners participating in the Forks & Corks festivities! $10 per person; no reservations required. Robert Kacher Selections Wine Dinner - SOLD OUT Friday, January 27, 2017 7 pm at Michael’s Wine Cellar  Hosted by Diane de Puymorin, Chateau d’Or et de Gueules; Françoise Roumieux, Vignobles Mayard & Robert “Bobby” Kacher $95, plus tax and gratuity per person; Advanced reservations are required. A Night in Bordeaux - SOLD OUT Featuring Seven Chateaux & Visiting Winemakers! Saturday, January 28, 2017 7 pm at Michael’s on the Bay at Selby Gardens $95, plus tax and gratuity per person; Advanced reservations are required. Call 941-366-0007, ext. 229 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your complete name and contact information to be added to the wait list for the Robert Kacher Selections Wine Dinner or A Night in Bordeaux. 
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Cyber Monday: Bordeaux

Cyber Monday SaleCyber Monday. It's a shopping "holiday" which has become synonymous with online deals for electronics and pretty much anything you could imagine giving as a gift over the holiday season! Our wine specialists at Michael's Wine Cellar are certain everyone on your gift list isn't interested in a new flat screen TV this year. On the other hand, a classic Bordeaux is sure to please! From young, ready-to-drink whites to rare reds from the Right or Left Bank, Michael Klauber always offers a wide-range of Bordeaux wines at great prices in-store at Michael's Wine Cellar in Sarasota and online. This "Cyber Monday," Michael invites you to take advantage of a special offer for all Bordeaux wines purchased online through michaelswinecellar.com. Check back later this week for a special online code to save 20%!
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4/2 Wine Dinner Menu

Michael-BordeauxWe are thrilled to announce the featured menu and wines for our Bordeaux Wine Dinner - hosted by Michael Klauber himself! Saturday, April 2, 2016 7 p.m. at Michael's Wine Cellar Featured Wines & Menu: PASSED HOR D'OEUVRES Grilled Prosciutto Wraps with Stilton, Pears & Endives Tuna Crudo with Fresh Gooseberries & Ginger-Scallion Vinaigrette Blue Crab Fritters with Stone Ground Mustard Aioli Champagne Pommery "Brut Apanage", NV FIRST COURSE Butter Poached Maine Lobster Scallion-Farro Risotto, Young Peas, Roasted Butternut Squash, Foie Gras Nage & Crispy Salsify Root Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc, Pessac-Leognan, 2010   SECOND COURSE  Pan-Roasted Maple Leaf Duck Breast Baby Turnips, Pearl Onions, Sautéed Trumpet Mushrooms, Truffle Pommes Purée & Porcini Crème Aü Jüs Chateau Cantemerle, Haut-Medoc, 2010 Chateau de Chambrun, Lalande-De-Pomerol, 2010   THIRD COURSE  Black Pepper-Crusted Bison Loin Mashed Cauliflower, Thyme-Buttered Heirloom Baby Carrots, Braised Cipollini Onions, Fava Beans, & Bordeaux Demi-Glace Chateau La Dame de Montrose, St. Estephe, 2009 Chateau Les Pagodes de Cos, St. Estephe, 2009   DESSERT Apricot Tian & Peach with Almond Cream Chateau Suduiraut, Sauternes, 2010 Click here or call for reservations as this event is expected to sell-out quickly: 941-366-0007, ext. 229. $125 per person, plus tax and gratuity
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Bordeaux Wine Dinner

Michael-BordeauxMichael's extravagant five-course wine dinners are often hosted by visiting winemakers, but some of our most popular events are hosted by a true Bordeaux expert: our own Michael Klauber. Please join us for a special Bordeaux Wine Dinner featuring fabulous wines from top vintages - hosted by Michael himself! Saturday, April 2, 2016 7 p.m. at Michael's Wine Cellar Featured Wines: Welcome: Champagne Pommery "Brut Apanage", NV First Course: Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc, Pessac-Leognan, 2010 RP: 90pts Domaine de Chevalier Blanc, Pessac-Leognan, 2010 RP: 94pts Second Course: Chateau Cantemerle, Haut-Medoc, 2010 RP: 93pts Chateau de Chambrun, Lalande-De-Pomerol, 2010 RP: 93pts Third Course: Chateau La Dame de Montrose, St. Estephe, 2009 RP: 91pts Chateau Les Pagodes de Cos, St. Estephe, 2009 RP: 94pts Dessert: Chateau Suduiraut, Sauternes, 2010 RP: 94-96pts Click here or call for reservations as this event is expected to sell-out quickly: 941-366-0007, ext. 229. $125 per person, plus tax and gratuity
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La Fleur de Bouard

LaFleurdeBouardWe’re thrilled to announce that Coralie de Boüard of La Fleur de Boüard in Bordeaux will be joining us again in Sarasota for our Forks & Corks Retail Wine Tasting, 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, January 30. Coralie will join more than a dozen international winery owners and winemakers at this special tasting event. Click here to make reservations online. Haven't had a chance to meet Coralie during past visits to Sarasota and Michael's Wine Cellar? Here's some background about her family's winery, compliments of TheWineCellarInsider.com: La Fleur de Bouard is owned by the de Bouard family. When Hubert de Bouard purchased the property in 1998, it was called La Fleur Saint Georges. Following the age old custom of renaming a wine after a change in ownership, they rechristened their new property, La Fleur de Bouard. The de Bouard family are well known for their Bordeaux wine vineyards in St. Emilion, which include Chateau Angelus and Chateau Bellevue as well as their estate in the Cotes de Francs appellation, Chateau de-Francs. Hubert de Bouard purchased the estate in 1998 from a French insurance company. 1998 marked the debut vintage for La Fleur de Bouard. However, today Chateau La Fleur de Bouard is managed by Coralie de Bouard, the daughter of Hubert de Bouard. Chateau La Fleur de Bouard sits on the plateau of Lalande de Pomerol in Neac, which is not far from Pomerol. The terroir is clay and sandy soil with a base of gravel underneath. The 25 hectare vineyard of La Fleur de Bouard is planted to 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The vine density is 6,500 vines per hectare in the oldest vines. However, new plantings take place at 8,500 vines per hectare. The average age of the vines at La Fleur de Bouard is 25 years old. However, they have old vines that are close to 45 years of age in their vineyards as well. In 2011, La Fleur de Bouard completed a multi-year reconstruction of their entire wine making making facilities and the chateau, making this one of the most modern estates in the Right Bank. The most striking new feature is their hanging, reverse, stainless steel, conical vats. To produce the wine of La Fleur de Bouard, the grapes go through a pre-fermentation, cold maceration at 10 degrees Celsius and a 3-4 week maceration in stainless steel tanks. Alcoholic fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation is performed in a combination of 75% new oak barrels, 15% one year old barrels and 10% takes place in tank. The wine is aged on its lies in 75%, new French oak barrels for between 18-24 months, depending on the character of the vintage. The blend for Chateau La Fleur de Bouard is usually quite close to the planted acreage. Chateau La Fleur de Bouard produces a special cuvee called La Plus La Fleur de Bouard. The grapes come from a small, 2 hectare parcel of very old Merlot vines planted in their clay soils. This high quality, character filled wine is the perfect ringer for a Pomerol tasting. It is the benchmark for any wine from the Lalande de Pomerol appellation. The blend of La Fleur de Bouard as well as that of Le Plus varies depending on the vintage. It ranges from 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc to almost 100% Merlot. However, for Le Plus, the majority of the time, it’s usually closer to 100% Merlot, while La Fleur de Bouard is closer to the vineyard plantings. There is a second wine, La Fleur Saint Georges. The average annual production for La Fleur de Bouard is close to 7,000 cases per year.
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Tim's Bordeaux Picks

Bordeaux Wine GrapesEach fall, as vintners around the world are tirelessly working to prepare and perform the frenzy of winery activities surrounding the annual harvest, we await the return a special friend at Michael's Wine Cellar in Sarasota. Wine specialist Tim Hart has been a part of the Michael's On East family for more than a decade, but we only have the great fortune of having Tim on-property in the Store during Sarasota's "season." Tim, a semi-retired teacher, professor and entrepreneur, these days works hard serving fellow wine lovers shopping at Michael's Wine Cellar and he deserves his relaxing summers up north. However, we know he loves to return to Sarasota each October, just in time for our monthly Open House Wine Tasting, in fact! You may also know about one of Tim's true loves: Wines from Bordeaux! He's shared just a few of his favorite Bordeaux wines, all available for under $20.00 from Michael's Wine Cellar and michaelswinecellar.com. Tim's Top Value Bordeaux Picks Bordeaux is the largest vineyard appellation in the world. Bordeaux wines are mainly blended from Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes with varying proportions of other regional varieties. Many are meant for early drinking, but some producers are making more structured wines that can age for many years. Here are some of Tim's current favorites. Chateau Marjosse Rouge, 2012 18.95 From the home estate of Pierre Lurton, who produces both Chateau d’Yquem and Cheval Blanc, this wine is solidly made and an exceptional value. It is medium-bodied with rich black cherries and spice flavors. It is a very seductive wine with an excellent balance of fruit and acid. I believe this is the best Marjosse Rouge wine I have ever tasted. It’s been my personal house red wine for 2015! Chateau Marjosse Blanc, 2013 18.95 This wine is considered a White Bordeaux, again from Pierre Lurton's estate. It is blended from equal parts of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes. It’s crisp, fresh and lively with citrus and white flower notes. It has just the right amount of grapefruit and lime on the palate. Chateau Tour St. Bonnet, 2010 19.95 The Wine Advocate (WA) calls this wine a “ beautiful sleeper of the vintage.” The WA goes on to say that it’s a “staggering value” in the world marketplace. This wine possesses classic cedar wood, tobacco leaf, black currant and licorice, in a medium to full-bodied layered style. It’s ready to drink now with no cellaring necessary with this treasure. I have personally enjoyed Chateau Tour St. Bonnet wines for over thirty years.
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Fleur de Bouard Tasting

RSVP now to meet Coralie de Bouard of Chateau Fleur de Bouard this Monday evening during a special Bordeaux Wine Tasting at Michael’s Wine Cellar. Michael invites you to meet a member of one of Bordeaux’ “Royal Families" during this special wine tasting. Featured wines will include: Chateau Fleur de Bouard Chateau La Fleur de Bouard, Lalande De Pomerol, FR, 2010 $46.95 The Wine Advocate: 92 Points Chateau La Fleur de Bouard, Lalande De Pomerol, FR, 2011 $36.95 The Wine Advocate: 90 Points Bordeaux 2010
Chateau Thieuley Blanc, Bordeaux Superieur, FR, 2013
Chateau La Vieille Cure, Fronsac, FR, 2010
Chateau Barde-Haut, Saint Emilion, FR, 2010
Chateau d'Aiguilhe, Cotes de Castillon, FR, 2010
Chateau Le Petit Haut Lafitte,  Pessac Leognan, FR, 2010
Chateau Charmail, Haut-Medoc, FR, 2010
Bordeaux 2011 Chateau Marjosse Blanc, Bordeaux Superieur, FR, 2013 Chateau Fontenil, Fronsac, FR, 2011 Chateau Croix Mouton, Bordeaux Superieur, FR, 2011 Chateau Fleur Cardinale "Grand Cru Classe, St.-Emilion, FR, 2011 Chateau Labegorce, Margaux, FR, 2011 Chateau Lilian Ladouys, St.- Estephe, FR, 2011   This Bordeaux Tasting featuring Chateau Fleur de Bouard is set for 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 2, 2015 at Michael's Wine Cellar. Admission is $25 per person. Reservations are required and space is limited. Click here for online reservations or call 941-366-0007, ext. 229 for phone reservations.
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Bordeaux Tasting

Meet a member of one of Bordeaux' "Royal Families!" RSVP now to meet Coralie de Bouard of Chateau Fleur de Bouard this Monday evening during a special Bordeaux Wine Tasting at Michael's Wine Cellar. $25/person Reservations are required and space is limited. Click here for online reservations or call 941-366-0007, ext. 229 for phone reservations.
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1283 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34239