I’ve been buying EP since 2010. Sometimes I have been disappointed by not receiving an allocation. notably a St Aubin blanc that I’d bought in 2012 and 2013 but didn’t get in the stellar vintage of 2014.
Other times I’ve been surprised by receiving an allocation for wines I didn’t expect to get. Notably, Gonon’s St- Joseph rouge in 2013 and 2014 ( didn’t go for the 2015 due to a substantial increase in the EP price ).
Over all, I’ve really enjoyed the thrill of the chase. successful or not. When disappointed, and it can be gutting when you’ve set your heart on a wine, I try and console myself with the fact that something equally appealing is probably just around the corner.
With regard to the Monvigliero , the price of that, and the demand on it, really shot up after the 2013(?) received a single 100 point review which seemed to result in in being elevated to cult / trophy status. I have more of a beef with that and the resultant price hike than I do with the allocation process as such.
Personally, I would be happy to receive a reduced allocation if it meant other members got a look-in too.