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The Miracle Vintage

The Miracle Vintage

Following a series of flash reviews, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW’s 2019 En Primeur report (part I) got published on The Wine Advocate last week. If every Bordeaux vintage could be summarised in three buzz words repeated over and over again by the winemakers, in 2019 they...

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Bordeaux 2019 moves into the secondary market

Bordeaux 2019 moves into the secondary market

It was another busy week for the Bordelais and international trade alike. The majority of Bordeaux 2019s have now been released – on our numbers, the campaign is about 85% complete and covered in full on our News and Insights pages. Reports on Vinous, from...

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Talking Trade – En Primeur in full swing

Talking Trade – En Primeur in full swing

En Primeur picked up on Monday right where it left off last Friday – with a flurry of releases. Liv-ex covered over 30 individual wines with our analysis blogs, all of which can be found on our News and Insights. The week was opened by Cheval Blanc, which...

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Jeff Leve releases Bordeaux 2019 scores

Jeff Leve releases Bordeaux 2019 scores

Jeff Leve (The Wine Cellar Insider) has now released over 550 Bordeaux 2019 tasting notes and scores. His top-scoring wines can be found in the table below. Leve found potential perfection in two First Growths, Lafite and Mouton Rothschild. The 2019...

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First full week of ’19 releases

First full week of ’19 releases

En Primeur got off to a smart pace this week with about 40 wines being released at up to a 33% discount on their 2018 opening prices. First up, on Monday was Palmer, which released at £1998 per 12×75, a 31% discount on 2018 (£2,892) and like Pontet...

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Liv-ex 1000 rises 1.38% in May

Liv-ex 1000 rises 1.38% in May

After seven consecutive months of decreases for the Liv-ex Fine Wine 1000, the index turned and posted a 1.38% return in May. A contributor to this performance was the Fine Wine 50 which rose 1.76%, its best monthly performance since October 2016. Its two-month...

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Harlan Estate 2016 leads trade by value

Harlan Estate 2016 leads trade by value

The 2019 En Primeur campaign began this week with Angludet releasing at £276 per 12×75, a 11.5% decrease on its 2018 release price. Interest in Bordeaux is set to pick up steam next week with the delayed release of Latour 2012 and Forts Latour 2014. In the ensuing...

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2017s on the rise

2017s on the rise

It’s a short week in the UK, tomorrow marks 75 years since VE Day, and the British public will be off work to share in the celebrations. While wines from 1945 failed to trade this week (although several were offered!), a Barolo Riserva from VE Day’s...

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What influences the price of wine?

What influences the price of wine?

Much has been written about what makes a bottle of wine expensive, particularly from a consumer standpoint. In the world of investments too, the value of assets has been a commonly explored topic. It often makes...

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Italy trade share hits another record high

Italy trade share hits another record high

Much can be said about the recent performance of Italy as a region – in Q1 a Barolo was the top traded wine on Liv-ex, the Italy 100 was the best performing sub index and Sassicaia 2009 had the greatest return....

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Champagne Fit for a Queen

Champagne Fit for a Queen

Today is Queen Elizabeth II’s 94th birthday and so we raise a virtual glass of the finest Champagne, in her honour. During her 68-year reign as Queen, she has upheld the Royal Warrants of eight Champagne Houses, with a ninth awarded and sustained by the...

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Top traded wines by value

Top traded wines by value

Following our post which examined regional patterns, today’s blog takes a look at the most active fine wines this past quarter. In line with Italy’s growing trade share, an Italian wine has taken the top spot: Giacomo Conterno, Barolo Riserva Monfortino...

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Champagne maintains its poise

Champagne maintains its poise

Wine shops around the world have seen a sharp increase in online activity this past month, with multiple retailers describing the demand as similar to Christmas. Christmas is never a strong period for the secondary market which is dominated by higher value wines with...

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Amid global Covid-19 uncertainty, fine wine offers stability

Amid global Covid-19 uncertainty, fine wine offers stability

Global equities have taken a severe hit this past week as Covid-19 has continued to spread globally. With every small piece of fresh news adding to the uncertainty, finding calm waters has been challenge. But as you can see in the chart above, fine wine has been...

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Fine wine market expands while economy constricts

Fine wine market expands while economy constricts

Covid-19 has taken its toll on global markets, disrupting supply chains, pushing stock prices lower, and dramatically affecting currencies as people look to decrease their risk. The Euro has been a beneficiary. The Fine Wine 50, denominated in Sterling, has felt the...

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A Fine Crop at the Top

A Fine Crop at the Top

The production figures for Bordeaux 2019 are now in. In the post below, Bordeaux grower, winemaker and writer Gavin Quinney (@GavinQuinney) looks at what the numbers tell us about the vintage. As a follow up to my ‘Bordeaux 2019 weather and harvest report‘ last...

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Carl Thompson

Carl Thompson

Wine & Whisky Investments with London Barrelhouse When you get to my age you start to think about many things. Not that investment opportunities are exclusive to people in their 30's, it just didn't occur to me in my spritely twenties that I could do so much more...

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Bordeaux 10 years on

Bordeaux 10 years on

Vintage review Bordeaux 2010 is once again in the spotlight as critics dust off bottles to see how the wines are progressing 10 years on. The story of 2010 began the year prior, when Robert Parker claimed 2009 to be the best vintage in his career of tasting....

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Jancis Robinson on Bordeaux 2016

Jancis Robinson on Bordeaux 2016

“I have just had the pleasure of wallowing in the best Bordeaux vintage I will probably ever taste: 2016.” This is how Jancis Robinson opened her summary report on the annual Southwold-on-Thames tasting, this year of Bordeaux 2016. She confirmed that “the 2016 vintage...

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Neal Martin on Bordeaux

Neal Martin on Bordeaux

“The 2017s are a testament to the consistency that Bordeaux now achieves, such that even unexceptional growing seasons or those affected by a late spring frost can bestow great wines at healthy volumes. And therein lies Bordeaux’s greatest asset and greatest...

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