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QUALITY AND PROVENANCE

Provenance means the origin or the source loosely translated. This is important in anything physical that carries high worth for obvious reasons. If itís an antique, document, piece of art or wine, you need to make sure that the authenticity and quality are prove.

Here is an example of what this equates to Ė BUYING A CLASSIC CAR

Mercedes CLK 230 Kompressor Ė FOR SALE
140,000 Miles, new brakes, MOT and tax, has dent to rear, CD not working, overheating problems.
The car has not been garaged, going cheap
£3,500

Or

Mercedes CLK 230 Kompressor Ė FOR SALE
60,000 Miles used by 1 lady owner, car has been kept in a garage, immaculate.
£7,000

WHICH CAR WOULD YOU BUY?

Buying or investing in wine has the same rules as buying a car or a house. If a wine has been kept in a storage facility, then itís assured to be of full quality and insured to that purpose, it also means that if it has not moved from there once, it will have original labels and case, which is very valuable and important.

When buying vintage wine that has the ability to improve with age, provenance has a massive impact of the how the examination of the bottle, the quality of wine and the risk of being fake are determined. Massive price difference can be achieved through provenance

Only some companies will assure FULL PROVENANCE, it will be in their Terms and conditions Ė ask them.

I once had a friend in the US ask me for a case of a Burgundy wine that was 20 years old. The wine was available to buy from a UK source. When they gave it to me I didnít check. When in America the friend opened to find it had re-conditioned labels. It was too late at this stage to have a refund and the Birthday present, meant for his fatherís 70th, was not meant to be.

Looking on sites like wine-searcher.com will prove not to be accurate and people adapt their prices to attract customers even if they have no stock.  This is why you need to consult the company and make it a verbal question. Use our WINEPRICE system to see details on wines.

 

   

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