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Price movement of Bordeaux fine wines boosted by non-first growth 2012s

Last week brought the news that, for the first time since the market’s peak in 2011, the Bordeaux 500 is now the best performing sub-index of the Liv-ex Fine Wine 1000. The world’s most revered wine-making region owes this recent success principally to non-first growth wines, of which the 2012 vintage specifically has proved very […]


Fizzy February: Champagne sparkles as Fine Wine 100 makes biggest gains in over a year

February has followed in January’s footsteps and proved a corking month for fine wine investment, featuring prestige cuvée Champagnes among the top performing ranks. The Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 index, which tracks price movements for the 100 most sought-after investment-grade wines, is now up 4.1% from its lowest point in July 2014. The Bordeaux First […]


DRC tops Sotheby’s list of best-selling investment wines for third year in a row

Burgundy’s flagship estate has topped the charts of Sotheby auction house’s best-selling fine wine producers, at both retail and auction, for the third consecutive year. Sotheby’s made US$60.4 million in total from fine wine sales in 2015 – a mere six bottles of 1990 DRC sold in Hong Kong for a whopping US$158,000. Overall DRC […]


Second Growth Bordeaux wines dominate trade by value on the fine wine market

The 2005 vintage of Chateau Montrose, an estate in the St Estephe appellation of the Médoc, and Cheval Blanc 2006, a wine ranked among the top four growers of St Emilion (pictured above), were the stars of last week’s trade by value on Liv-ex, London’s fine wine market place. In fact, second growths like these […]


Natural, organic, biodynamic: buzzwords on the grapevine and what they mean for collectible wine

Unless you live in a cupboard, you’re likely to have seen the words ‘natural’, ‘organic’ and even ‘biodynamic’ plastered increasingly over supermarket produce, from eggs boxes to healthy snacks to smoothie cartons. The fine wine world is no different, with organic and natural wines at the forefront of viticultural trend-setting. But what do the terms […]


Latest fine Champagne release Krug 2002 deemed “a purebred stallion”

Drinkers, collectors and merchants all over London spent the month of January waiting with baited breath for Krug 2002 to arrive on the market. Champagne’s latest release went on sale on February 1st and has caused a storm of excitement, with chef de caves Eric Lebel dubbing it “a purebred stallion” of “assertive” and “muscular” […]


Best Bordeaux wines shine at Sotheby’s first 2016 sale

Sotheby’s first auction of the year, held last week in London, brought in a total of £570,674 and was dominated by the Bordeaux legends and classic white Burgundys. “We kicked off the New Year with top prices for Bordeaux, and strong results for other regions, especially grand cru white Burgundy and the Rhone” said Stephen […]


The Capital Vintners Guide to Fine Wine Investment – Part 1

Fine wine is emerging as one of the most attractive alternative investment strategies. To celebrate this, we’ve created a simple, 3-part guide to investing directed at the novice collector. Over the next three weeks, we’ll be laying out the basics of fine wine investment by answering the three most fundamental questions – why to invest, […]


Low yield harvests in Napa Valley mean high yield investments and great tasting wine

It is the paradox of the wine industry that poor growing conditions ultimately lead to better tasting grapes, and smaller harvests drive up prices due to “impending scarcity”. For California’s Napa Valley wineries, this isn’t something to complain about.   High quality, low quantity – the key to successful wine investment “It’s pretty easy to […]


Chinese market troubles promise corking returns on wine investment

While restless investors may be looking with frustration at the state of global stock exchanges following China’s economic troubles, a golden opportunity is lurking in the fine wine market. Sisi Liang, risk consultant for BCG Platinion and self-confessed oenophile, has made it clear that now is the time to start collecting.   Investing in wine […]


The time to invest is now as Champagne releases see trade booming

According to figures released last month by Liv-ex, the London-based provider of global fine wine market data, Champagne has replaced Burgundy as the third most traded regional wine in 2015. More than doubling its market share year-on-year to 6.6%, recent high levels of activity are said to be due to the release of some sparkling […]


The Drinks Business launches new Chelsea wine fair this month

Adding to the welcome plethora of London-based wine fairs this year is The Wine Show – Chelsea, an initiative of Europe’s favourite drinks trade publication designed to stimulate local interest in and appreciation of fine wines. Celebrating grapes from across the globe, the fair is due to take place in the Old Town Hall, Kings Road, […]


Asian collectors snap up Top Burgundy at sell-out Hong Kong auction

Acker Merral & Condit’s auction of 19th September saw an estimated total of HK$37 million (over £3.1M) changing hands, with world-renowned Domaine de la Romanée-Conti topping the charts yet again. The Burgundy estate, which takes pride in bottling one of the world’s most expensive wines, remained the most sought after brand by far, accounting for […]


Champagne and Burgundy Celebrate World Heritage Status

Two of France’s top provinces attain worldwide recognition as areas of vital cultural importance. This has allowed these 2 regions with the prestige of being recognized as some of the best vineyard areas on earth. Celebrations were in full swing since the early hours in Hautvillers, the birthplace of Dom Perignon. Champagne and Burgundy are […]


En Primeur campaign declared a success.

Sotheby’s en primeur campaign, the opportunity for wine collectors to secure the most recent Bordeaux vintage before the wine is bottled, was declared a success with sales up 90% on 2013, according to the auction house. Once again Lafite Rothschild was in the highest demand amongst buyers, with 70% of buyers coming from the US, […]


Weak Euro Boosts Bordeaux

Statistics show that the upcoming en primeur campaign will be affected by the changes in value of currencies.  Liv- Ex has been observing the exchange rates of the euro, sterling and dollar as a possible reason for the signs of improvement on the fine wine market.  The 17% drop of value of the Euro compared […]


Pavie launches 2012 with gold label

In celebration of Chateau Pavie’s upgraded classification to Grand cru classe A, the famous Saint Emilion estate, has revealed its gold label for its 2012 vintage, which was the year the Chateau was awarded this status. Following in the footsteps of fellow Saint Emilion property Angelus which elevated to Grand cru classe A in 2012 […]


Best Bordeaux wines: 2005 vintage spectacular!

Ongoing Asian interest in the fine wine market has no signs of slowing down as fresh consumer awareness on Bordeaux. The 2005 vintages in particular, are supporting evidence that the province is witnessing a growth in fortunes in the fine wine trade. Numerous fine wine trade forecasters have reported growing stability in the market over […]


China owns 100 top Bordeaux wine Chateaux

With wine mania re-emerging across the world, China, the main exporter for Bordeaux wines, has been progressively purchasing vineyards in the Bordeaux region, in what can only be described as the Asian giant’s ever growing thirst for property in the renowned French wine-making region. The representative 100th Chateau was purchased by Chinese millionaire James Zhou in […]


Capital Vintners at Bettane & Desseauve Tasting, October 24th

  Every year notable French wine critics Michel Bettane and Thierry Desseauve put on a showpiece event that attracts the trade and the general public in their droves to come and taste a terrific selection of wines from across the globe. Some producers are well known, others are new to many. Below we pick out […]