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The difficulty to obtain single bottles of mature wine was the reason we started "Paulson Weinraritäten" in 1986. This company has specialised in the sale of old and rare wines by mail order and has been growing steadily ever since. We have over the years received an increasing amount of enquiries from abroad, particularly since our first presence on the Internet in 1997. This has now led to the launch of rare-wine.com as a source for great mature wine for the winelover anywhere in the world.

I love great wine and spend a large part of my time at tastings all over the world. At most blind-tastings I've found that apart from the truly "greats", whose quality we all know, there are always wines without such great reputations that are very close in quality to these but at a fraction of their price. It is a challenge for me to find these wines and to be able to offer them to my customers. Since I have tasted a large range of the greatest vintages and wines in the world, I can advise you on most wines from my own experience.

We offer a great selection of mature vintages, in particular the very best vintages this century. The main part of our offer consists of the greatest red wine in the world - Bordeaux. There is also a reasonable selection of Sauternes and Burgundy. A very exciting part is the list of austrian wines. Here you will find a small, but exceptional selection of some of the rarest and greatest dry white wines in the world. If you don't believe me, I challenge you to try a bottle of Grüner Veltliner from Knoll or Pichler next to your favourite white burgundy. You will also find the biggest selection worldwide of the delicious sweet wines from the great Alois Kracher. There are also smaller sections of hard-to-find wines from other wine areas.




      

You can search our database by using any of three modes: search by vintage, by producer or by region.




      

Here you can download our entire catalogue in Word format. It contains all our wines that you may also find in our Shop, but without personal comments. This consists of between 40 and 50 pages.




      

 

a)

By using our safe online system: As you study our shop you just need to click the sign next to the wine to place that wine in your shopping basket. Doing this doesn't commit you to a purchase, as you can always remove it before finally passing the order on to us.
b) By fax: +49-(0)8581-910147
c) By phone: +49-(0)8581-910145 (Between 9.00 and 18.00 - Central European Time).
d) By e-mail: sales@rare-wine.com




      

The prices are ex-cellars Waldkirchen, Germany. The wines will be securely packed by us for the transport at no extra cost, however the costs of shipping, insurance, provision of for some countries necessary paperwork and any bankcharges will be added at cost price.

Below please find a list of estimated prices including insurance for shipping by UPS for a selection of countries. If your country is not among them please contact us for an estimate.

Price in Euro

  Zone 1 Zone 1 Ex Zone 3 Zone 4 Zone 5 Zone 6 Zone 31 Zone 7 Ex Zone 9 Ex Zone 10 Ex Zone 11 Ex
Bts DE UPS Express DE AT, BE, CZ, NL DK, FI, FR, GB, SE GR, IE, PT, ES, IT CH, NO, LI PO, SK, SL US, CA CN, SK, JP, SG, TW AU, BR, KR, PH IL, MO, NZ, ZA
1
8,00
20,00
12,00
16,00
20,00
22,00
16,00
65,00
70,00
80,00
77,00
2 - 3
8,00
20,00
12,00
16,00
20,00
24,00
16,00
75,00
110,00
120,00
125,00
4 - 6
8,00
25,00
15,00
18,00
22,00
26,00
19,00
100,00
140,00
180,00
185,00
7 - 12
10,00
35,00
19,00
25,00
26,00
39,00
22,00
130,00
210,00
240,00
250,00
1 Mag
8,00
20,00
12,00
14,00
22,00
26,00
19,00
70,00
80,00
95,00
95,00
2-3 Mags
10,00
25,00
15,00
18,00
22,00
26,00
19,00
98,00
140,00
180,00
165,00
                         
Geschenkkartons:                  
1er 3,00                      
2er 4,00                      
3er 5,00                      
6er 6,00                      
Magnum 4,00                      
                         



      

You may pay by:
Credit card through our safe encrypted system, or by giving us your card informations by phone or fax.
Bank transfers. Please take care that all bankcharges are paid by you as the wines will only be shipped after full payment has been received.
Cash on delivery (Nachnahme) - only available in Germany.




      

This list cancels all previous lists and offers. All wines are offered subject to availability and remain the property of Paulson Rare Wine eK. until payment is received in full.

The prices are in Euro and include sales tax or VAT (at present 19%) with the exception of wines marked "broking". Regarding the possibility for refund of the VAT for shipments outside of the EU, please contact us. Payment is due within 14 days after the date of invoice.

Wines will only be shipped abroad after full payment has been received. Our cellars in Waldkirchen are deemed as point of sale, but as we do not have a shop, wines can only be collected after prior appointment.

We can arrange shipping for you and the wines will be securely packed by us for the transport at no extra cost. However the costs of shipping, insurance, provision of for some countries necessary paperwork and any bankcharges will be added to your invoice at cost price.

Every effort will be made to describe the condition of the wines as precise as possible, however no guarantee regarding the quality can be made with wine, as this is also dependent on conditions beyond our control. There is always a risk of cork failure with old wines as corks lose their elasticity with age and may fail during or after shipment, and we can not accept responsibility for this after the wine has left our cellars.

Insurance claims can only be considered if breakage has been reported to the carrier at the time of delivery and reported to us within one week.

Regarding shipment of wine to the USA.

Regarding shipment of wine to the USA. Before sending you wine it is important to make sure that you may import these into the US. To import alcoholic beverages for commercial use you must have an import licence. It should however be possible for a person on a one-time basis to import small quantities of wine for personal use. As import regulations vary from state to state it is essential for you to find out how the situation is in your case as we can not take any responsibilities for wines getting stuck at customs. There is also the added difficulty with shipping of the wines. The US Mail will not ship wine within the US and FedEx and other parcel services will not send it to the US if the recipient does not have an import licence. We suggest that you speak to your local wine shop and ask them to import it for you using your or his FedEx account, sending us the filled out shipping papers beforehand. Another solution would be if you or a friend of yours would bring the wine as handluggage to the US. We can send the wine to any adress in Europe.

 





      


high fill: normal fill. Level of young wines. Exceptionalley good in wines over
10 years old.

into neck: can be level of fill. Perfectly good for any age of wine. Outstandingly good for a wine of 10 years in bottle, or longer.
top-shoulder: normal level for any
claret 15 years old or older.

upper-shoulder: slight natural reduction through easing of cork and evaporation
through cork and capsule. Usually no problem. Acceptable for any wine over 20 years old. Exceptional for pre-1940 wines.
mid-shoulder: probably some weakening of the cork and some risk. Not abnormal for wines 30/40 years of age.
mid-low-shoulder: some risk. Low estimates, usually no reserve.
low-shoulder: risky and usually only accepted for sale if wine or label exceptionally rare or interesting. Always offered without reserve and with low estimate.
below low-shoulder : not acceptable for sale unless a rare sort of bottle. Wine will usually be undrinkable.

Courtesy of Christie's




      


It was not that long ago the custom that the châteaux and domaines sold all or part of their wines by the cask to the trade, who in turn bottled the wines themselves. The first châteaux that started to exclusively bottle at the property were, in the 1920s, Mouton, Lafite, Latour, Haut Brion and Yquem. Many other top growths like Châteaux Margaux, Cheval Blanc and Pétrus sold part of their wine in cask as late as the 1950s and 1960s. It is only since 1972 that château-bottlings is obligatory for Cru Classés in Bordeaux. In Burgundy it was even rarer to find domaine-bottlings before the 1970s.

The quality compared to the château-bottlings vary greatly depending on who the bottlers were - there were admittedly a few black sheep who added inferior wine to make more money, but this was the exception and these bottles are rarely seen today. There were however a group of winemerchants whose bottlings not only were as good as, but often better than the château-bottlings. The reason for this was first that the buyers from the good winehouses tasted the wines cask by cask, and then bought the best casks after having negociated the price for that particular cask (at this time it was customary to bottle from cask to cask instead of first blending the wines in the large fermentation tanks). Secondly, the winemerchants were mostly better financially situated than the winegrowers, and could hence afford more new barriques, better corks and were able to bottle under cleaner and more controlled conditions. The wines were also bottled at the optimum time, whereas the growers mostly bottled when there was nothing else to do in the vineyards. This could lead to bottlings taking place over several months and then cask by cask, explaining the sometimes large bottle variations.

Some of the most reliable négociant-bottlings come from renowned houses such as Berry Brothers, Van-der-Meulen, Barrière, Hanappier, Barton & Gustier, Thienpont, Sanders, Grafé-Lecocq, Avery's, Reidemeister & Ullrich, Justerini & Brooks but to name a few. You will be able to find excellent value for your money here as these bottlings often cost much less than the château-bottlings. We will be able to advice you from our long experience with négociant bottlings.




      


Paulson Rare Wine eK.
Represent by the owner
Jan-Erik Paulson

Erlenhain 11
94065 Waldkirchen

Tel.: +49(0)8581- 910145, (0)700-RAREWINE
Fax: +49(0)8581-910147
E-Mail: paulson@rare-wine.com

Registergericht AG Passau HRB Nr. 8187
Ust-Ident-Nummer DE 813900929



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