English translation: purchase of barrels en primeur ( or Wine futures\")
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Spanish term or phrase:
compra de barricas en primicia
purchase of barrels en primeur ( or Wine futures\")
The bad egg smell probably come from the sulphites they used to clean the barrel. Also be careful - there is "vino primicia", which is new wine /wine of the year, and "en primicia", which is wine that should keep.
erowe has got it:
"La compra 'en primeur' (en primicia) consiste en la venta por el productor del vino que todavía está en barrica. Se realiza a unos escasos seis meses de su elaboración y generalmente los precios se dan a conocer entre principios de abril y principios de junio del año siguiente a la cosecha." http://elmundovino.elmundo.es/elmundovino/noticia.html?vi_se...
You may be right; I don't know. It comes in a discussion of wine that smells of bad eggs when first exposed to the air and the smell disappearing after a short while. That's why I thought the point might be that the barrel had just been opened for the first time. But that doesn't necessarily mean that that's the meaning of "en primicia". We need an expert here.
what I understand from your first comment is that "catando... en primicia" means that the tasting took place at the "pre-release" stage of the tinto, in other words, these were the first people to taste it. I understand primicia to mean the first part of a batch of wine or the first casks in a particular vintage.
Maybe it just means barrels that have not been opened since fermentation. I know a Spanish oenologist but I won't be able to get hold of him till this evening. If you haven't solved it by then I'll give him a call.
Could it be first pressing?
I would tread carefully here. I think it may have an oenological meaning (is that the word?). Look at this:
"El otro día estuvimos catando en una bodega un tinto fermentado en barrica en primicia (aún sin embotellar, directamente del depósito)." http://www.verema.com/foros/foro-vino/temas/559932-desagrada...
I'll see if I can find out more.
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purchase of casks on a first refusal basis / with the right of first refusal
Explanation: from my research looks like the club members have first refusal of a particular vintage upon release, and whatever they do not take up of that vintage, whether casks or bottles, is sold through normal wine distribution channels. There is a difference between this and exclusive access.
Acceso exclusivo a la reserva o compra de barricas en primicia.Podrá reservar o adquirir una barrica que ha estado bajo el atento cuidado y supervisión de nuestro equipo de enólogos. A través de nuestro sistema primeur podrá adquirirla con unas condiciones inigualables, además tendrá la opción de personalizar a través de su firma y número de socio la barrica. http://www.grupomatarromera.com/homeclubemina.html