Oddbins is facing a shortage of wine after the collapse of a supplier in France.
The wine specialist was left short in more than 130 outlets after Anglo Overseas entered administration earlier this year, causing French authorities to impound its stock.
The news prompted Oddbins to speed up a planned clear-out of its own stock in the wake of its sale last year by French wine giant Castel Freres.
That deal, announced last August, saw Simon Baile – the son of former owner Nick Baile – take control for an undisclosed sum thought to be well below the £57m paid by Castel in 2001.
“We had always planned to do a massive clear-out,” Baile told the Daily Telegraph. “When we took over Oddbins had more than 2,000 stock lines and over three and a half months’ worth of stock. We had to clear it out.”
Anglo has since been brought out of administration and has resumed trading.