Why create a cellar?

There are three very good reasons why one should start to build a cellar. Put simply, they are...

Finance and Price

By buying steadily over a number of years, one has the chance to build an interesting and exciting cellar without the burden of a substantial one-off payment. Of course, this demand on the finances is reduced even further for clients working in countries such as Singapore and Hong Kong, where low tax regimes result in higher disposable income to spend on life's little luxuries. Put simply, a bit of time and money invested now will more than pay dividends as you continue to draw corks on beautifully matured wine for many years to come.

One expects a wine's value to increase as it matures and, in the case of top Bordeaux, quite considerably so. This is not always the case for some of the lesser names or more obscure wine but, as a rule, if Chateaux or Merchants are investing in stock over the years, as global supply diminishes the price tends to rise. This is particularly true of the most sought-after properties in top vintages.

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Provenance and Availability

Buying very young wine allows us the rare opportunity to store them in the perfect conditions of Octavian Bond.

Your cases would be stored 30 metres under the hills of Wiltshire in the UK, at a constant 12 degrees Celsius, 365 days of the year, allowing your wine to mature slowly, in perfect conditions and to its full potential. Building a cellar in this way avoids the unnecessary risk of buying wine of unknown provenance 'off the shelf'. This considerably reduces the risk of corked or spoiled wine - always an expensive frustration.

By buying young wine, one is able to secure bottles which are often simply not available on the shelves five or ten years later. This is particularly true for Burgundies, Rhones, Italian and Spanish wine, as well as for Champagne.

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Simply from personal experience, we can tell you how much pleasure and satisfaction there is to be gained from having a collection of wine at home.

The ability to pull out a 1998 Chateauneuf-du-Pape one evening and a 1994 Rioja the next, let alone a range of mature Medocs, St Emilions, Pomerols, Burgundies, or Barolos is immensely good fun. Either that, or we're taking it all too seriously!

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If you are interested in creating a wine cellar with us at Farthinghoe, then please complete the form below and a member of our team will be in touch shortly.


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