Sale Perfect Stock |  Minor Imperfections

Our January Sale is now into its third week and, whilst many wines have already sold out, there are still plenty of bargains to be found. We have added lots of new wines (displayed as ADDED TO SALE in our list), as well as increasing the discount on many lines (displayed as FURTHER REDUCTION).

As a reminder, most prices are reduced by at least 10% but some wines are now offered at much bigger discounts. Customers will find bargains from great vineyards around the world but, as ever, our strength in depth is to be found in France.

As in most years, the sale is divided into two separate lists: Perfect Stock and Minor Imperfections. Clicking on these headers will take you to the relevant section and we have highlighted a few of the best buys, below.

Our usual minimum order has been reduced from £500 to £300 for all wines in the sale

Perfect Stock

At Farr Vintners we are rather obsessed with turning over our stocks rapidly. The first list contains wines that are in perfect condition and that are discounted simply because we have had them in stock for more than a couple of months. There are some real bargains to be had here, including:


Belair-Monange sits amongst some very prestigious neighbours in St Emilion, including Château Ausone and now, under the stewardship of JP Moueix, it really appears to be going places. Their 2011 vintage is available at a 33% discount to the en primeur release price - £495 per 12 bottles in bond.


Château Coutet is one of the great Barsac Châteaux and 2005 is a special vintage for the whole of the Bordeaux region. We have a great parcel of bottles of 2005 which are now available at £240 per 12 bottles in bond (a discount of almost 19%).


Hermitage Blanc, Chave 2011 – Rated a whopping 96 by the Wine Advocate, this iconic Northern Rhône superstar from the King of Hermitage’ is offered at the world’s lowest price - £1200 per 12 bottles in bond.


Whilst people fight over the 2015 vintage, it makes a lot of sense to have another look at the often underrated 2014 vintage. Here we have a Grand Cru at just £650 per dozen in bond. 2014 Latricières-Chambertin, Drouhin-Laroze has 92-94 points from Neal Martin as well as a very positive tasting note.


Minor Imperfections

As many of our customers know, we have one of most stringent and labour-intensive stock checking systems in the wine trade. 25 people are employed by us at Octavian to examine and photograph the wines that we receive from our suppliers. Any wines that are received with minor imperfections (such as damp-soiled labels, non-original cases, US import back labels etc.) are then noted and offered for sale with discounted prices. Most of these imperfections are entirely superficial and photos are available of all wines in this category.

Barbaresco Faset 1990, Ceretto – although packed in the original wooden case, some labels are slightly damp affected so the price is reduced from £1000 to £800 per dozen in bond – a discount of 20%.

CVNE is one of the finest Rioja producers out there and it is rare to find older vintages (and when you do, they tend to drink very well indeed!) We have 17 bottles of 1989 Rioja Imperial Gran Reserva available at £900 per 12 bottles in bond – a discount of 25% just because they are not in their original cardboard cartons!

When Carruades de Lafite comes onto our list, it normally doesn’t last very long. Here we have 24 bottles of the 1998 vintage which are non-OWC and therefore discounted by almost 17% from £2400 per 12 to £2000.

Another wine that doesn’t tend to last long is Raveneau. 12 bottles of 2009 Chablis Montée de Tonnerre have been discounted from £1500 to £1350, just because they have slight label damage.

The extremely collectable 2001 Syrah Midnight Oil from Sine Qua Non has 16% off because it is non-OWC. Now £2100 per 6 instead of £2500 – and with 96 Parker point too!



Our usual minimum order has been reduced from £500 to £300 for all wines in the sale
Prices are in bond, exclusive of UK duty, delivery and VAT
Offered subject to confirmation & remaining unsold, E&OE