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STORING YOUR WINE


‘PROVENANCE’ AND OUR STORAGE FACILITIES


The conditions in which your wine is stored are abso- lutely critical both in terms of you being able to drink it in the best possible condition and maximising its value should you ever decide to sell. Provenance of wine is now one of the biggest influencing factors when customers are choosing to buy wine on the secondary market and we are seeing clear evidence of a preparedness to pay higher prices for the finest stock. We would urge you, therefore, to keep your wines in store if you think you may sell them at a later date.


We have two cellaring facilities:Octavian’s Corsham Cellars in Wiltshire and our own bonded cellars in Ayr where some of our Scottish customers have their reserves stored. We believe that these facilities are amongst the finest in Europe.


CORSHAM CELLARS, WILTSHIRE


Octavian’s cellars at Corsham are situated 100 feet below ground level in the Wiltshire hills.Originally a mine for the distinctive Bath stone, this cavern- ous space measures one million square feet. In 1934 it was taken over by the MOD: its qualities deemed perfect for the storage of munitions. This led to the installation of an omnipresent duct system, which is still instrumental today in promoting air circulation for the cellar. It was bought by Cert Octavian in 1989, who, after extensive investment, opened Corsham Cellars as a fine wine storage facility. It is now the world’s leading cellaring facility.


CORNEY & BARROW CELLARS, AYR


In 1994, Corney & Barrow’s Scottish operation merged with Whighams of Ayr, one of the longest- established wine merchants in the UK. Set up by a group of prominent Ayrshire merchants and land- owners, Whighams traditionally supplied fine wines and spirits to many of the great houses and estates in southern Scotland. The large cellars were purpose built below the shop in 1766.Over the centuries, these cellars have been steeped in history; it is indeed highly likely that the local resident Customs Officer, a young Mr Robert Burns, would have been a regular visitor. The cellars were built for the sole purpose of storing imported wines, ports and sherries shipped on the company-built vessels, which plied their trade around Europe. They remain in perfect condition for wine storage today.


STORAGE CHARGES


We are happy to arrange for the storage of your wines, in bond or duty paid. We have two cellaring facilities: Corney & Barrow Cellars in Ayr, Scotland, and Corsham Cellars in Wiltshire.


STORAGE COSTS


Wines bought Wines not bought from C&B


from C&B Booking in Fee


Wines (cases of 12) Wines (cases of 6)


FREE


£10.34* £5.17*


These costs are applicable until June 2011, after which they are subject to change. *per annum (ex VAT)


STORING WINES THAT ARE NOT PURCHASED FROM US


On rare occasions, customers request that wines purchased elsewhere be cellared with us. We are happy to accommodate such requests but please note that we levy a charge of £7.50 per case ex VAT to cover the administrative costs of booking the wines onto our system. Thereafter, our usual storage charges will be levied on these wines. Please note that we cannot be held responsible for the quality of these wines due to their unknown provenance.


TRANSFERS TO AND FROM RESERVES


Wines that are bought in bond will automatically be delivered into your reserve.You will be notified of their arrival.Delivery from reserves is free of charge to your home address.Deliveries to multiple addresses will be charged at the prevailing rate.


DUE DILIGENCE


In the past, the Wine Trade has suffered a number of well-documented fraudulent movements of customers’ reserve stocks. We are absolutely committed to ensur- ing that our customers and Corney & Barrow do not fall foul of such incidents. To this end, we would like to remind customers that we will only accept written instruction from the account holder (emails and faxes are acceptable) when being asked to handle any movements of wines held in reserve.


For accounts held in joint names, we will accept, rely and act upon instructions given by any one of the customers named on that account unless previously expressed to the contrary. We are unable to accept instructions for the movement of reserves over the telephone. We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause, but we are equally sure that you will appreciate the reason behind it.


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£7.50 per case (ex VAT) £10.34* £5.17*


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