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Neal Martin on Burgundy 2016

Burgundy stole the spotlight again last week, when Neal Martin released his scores for the 2016 vintage in bottle.  He had previously suggested this was “a puzzle that would be fascinating, frustrating and futile to solve”. Having re-tasted the grand vins, he concluded that “the reds live up to their billing […] they come with […]


The rise and rise of Italian wine

With Bordeaux’s trade share having waned somewhat over the last few years, other countries and regions have slowly but surely stolen a significant slice of the market. Italy is one of them.  The total number of Italian wines traded on the secondary market has risen over 1,500% in a decade, and their total value has […]



There is no doubt that the current Brexit anticipation has caused volatility in many investment markets. With the deadline date fast approaching, it seems the fine wine market has avoided all the chaos and has come out on top. The current economic contraction that is arising due to ongoing uncertainty has seen many markets fluctuate […]


Latour 2011 ex-Chateau released

Back in 2012, Chateau Latour announced that its 2011 vintage would be its last En Primeur offering.  In a letter to negociants, they explained that both Les Forts de Latour and their grand vin would only be released when the team felt they were ready – seven years later for Forts Latour, and 10-12 years […]


Investment wine – The Big Picture

All has been rather quiet on the fine wine front in recent months.  Even the 2018 Bordeaux en primeur campaign, with its steady release of first-rate wines from the world’s most renowned winemaking region, fell pretty much flat on its face.  There is no doubt that 2018 was an excellent vintage that will show appreciation […]


Bordeaux 2017: the frost vintage, or something more?

Following their return from Bordeaux en primeur tastings, UK wine merchants seem keen to sway the narrative that has dominated discussion of the 2017 vintage so far: the infamous April frosts. While roughly 40% of the potential crop suffered as a result of the plummeting temperatures in in late April – the equivalent of 240 […]


Margaux 2015 – the best of the bunch?

Back in November, it was announced that Chateaux Margaux 2015 would be released onto the secondary market in a special commemorative bottle. Just a few days after this announcement, the price of a 12×75 shot up by almost £1000, and today it has risen by almost three times its En Primeur release price. A special […]


Fine champagne: fizzing with potential

Champagne enjoyed the highest ever listing in the recently published 2017 Liv-ex Power 100, with it’s top performer Krug occupying 15th place. Liv-ex director Justin Gibbs says “it’s a 2002 story,” referring to the hotly anticipated release of this highly acclaimed vintage back in February. But it’s not just about the Krug 2000. Champagne is […]


Fine wine’s “unresolved issues”

No-one can argue that this year hasn’t been a good one for the secondary fine wine market but, as Liv-ex’s end of year report explains, there are some unresolved issues moving forward into 2018. A growing market for investment wine Among the good news is Burgundy’s increasing market share and price growth – a sure […]


What Bordeaux 2017 means for investors

The Bordeaux 2017 harvest is looking like a truly mixed bag – ‘très hétérogène’ in Bordelais terms. One one hand, the Southern French wineries have had a collection of disastrous setbacks including spring frost, a hot summer provoking an early harvest, and grape theft. On the other, all the extra effort that has gone into […]


Lafite Rothschild in China

Since it’s inauguration in 2008, the world’s most eagerly awaited vinicultural venture has been the subject of much speculation. There were questions about why the Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) China project had picked the unremarkable Shandong province over the well-known Ningxia wine region, why the project had been stalled in its infancy, and why […]


China and Bordeaux Wine

CHINA AND BORDEAUX WINE Around the world especially in the new and up and coming markets many merchants have focused on purchasing wines of the 1855 classification of the Medoc region. The intent of the classification was not to give ordered status to the 61 chateaux over the various domains in Bordeaux forever, at nearly […]


Burgundy joins First Growths list

Liv-ex has recently released its updated first growth list and it appears to contain wines from different regions – not just Bordeaux. Burgundy has secured 12 of the 19 placings of new “Premier Cru” on the list. For Burgundy wine to qualify on the list of first growths a good plot of land is paramount […]


En Primeur: an end to the battle over fine wine prices?

In their latest report on Bordeaux fine wine, Liv-ex lays out the case for greater transparency in En Primeur pricing – a lack of which has been the main source of growing discontent with the system among collectors and merchants alike. “While the rest of the market has become increasingly transparent, En Primeur prices continue […]


Antonio Galloni on top Bordeaux wines of 2016

Once upon a time, 15% of all Bordeaux wine was sold as “futures” or “en primeur”. Today that figure is down to just 2% and, with each year that passes, the success of the annual Bordeaux En Primeur campaign hangs further in the balance. The idea was once that savvy collectors could get their hands […]


Liv-ex members predict soaring fine wine prices in 2017

At the start of each year, London’s International Vintners Exchange asks its members to draw on their expertise and knowledge of the market to predict price rises for the coming year. Merchants are asked specifically to estimate the closing level of the Liv-ex 100 index – the index that tracks price movements of the 100 […]


Harvest of 2016 Bordeaux wines largest in 10 years

En Primeur 2016 is just round the corner, and it’s looking to be a fruitful one indeed. Last October’s harvest of top Bordeaux wines was the largest in over a decade, according to official figures. A total production of 577.2 million litres of the fine reds and whites – over 770 million bottles – was […]


Bordeaux wines and Chateau Lafite Rothschild in the news

Both Bordeaux 2007 and two back vintages of Lafite have hit the headlines this month. The region got off to a slow start this year, accounting for only 61.6% of all trade as opposed to the 74.7% average of 2016, but select brands and vintages have shown good activity so far. Lafite Rothschild in numbers […]


Capital Vintners’ storage and distribution service handles millionth case of wine

Vine International, the fine wine industry’s most esteemed storage & distribution service, handled its millionth case of fine wine earlier this month. Since the introduction of unique case identifiers (UIDs) in 2009, a breakthrough in accountability that allows every case to be accurately tracked through the system, Vine’s services have become increasingly in demand. “It’s […]


Top 10 fine wine labels of 2016

Top 10 fine wine labels of 2016 A list of the top 10 best-performing investment wine labels of 2016 shows top Bordeaux wines reclaiming the spotlight as well as a continued broadening of the market as a whole. Liv-ex reported that, over the last year, more than 4,000 fine wines from 670 different brands have […]


A winning year for fine wine investment

Just a year ago, Capital Vintners was reporting on the sense of “cautious optimism” felt in the wine industry for the year of business ahead. Though 2015 hadn’t been particularly bright, the outlook for the future wasn’t that bad either – for the first time in five years, the Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 index had […]


Supermoon may add “living force” to 2016 vintage wines

You’re probably already thinking, “What a load of rubbish – how could the moon possibly affect fine wine production?” But with so many Bordeaux vineyards switching to biodynamic agriculture in recent decades with fantastic results, the lunar effect is indeed one worth considering. ‘Wines most likely to show any kind of lunar effect will be […]


What Donald Trump means for the fine wine market

Whether your reaction is one of downright despair, tentative curiosity or outright glee, one thing is clear: Donald Trump has won the US presidential election with resounding success. As a keen businessman with a family winery, what will his presidency mean for the global fine wine market? Wine collectors hold their breaths For the second […]


Bordeaux wines: 2014 vintage reviews and second wines in the spotlight

Yesterday, UK wine traders enjoyed a tasting of Bordeaux 2014 at a Union of Bordeaux Grand Crus (UGC) event in London. All in all it was described as a “good” vintage that has yet to reach its maximum potential. “It’s not quite up there in the rarefied heights of say, the 2001 or 2009, but […]


Burgundy fine wine harvest blighted by extreme weather

Burgundian wine growers are struggling to salvage as many grapes as possible from a growing season that has been blighted by hail, frost and mildew from day one. “Every grape counts,” said the Burgundy wine bureau, the BVIB, in its latest 2016 harvest update. “Various hiccups in the weather left their mark on the vines… […]


Christie’s to auction Avery family collection of fine and rare wines

On 20th October, get yourself down to London for what promises to be “one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of old and rare wine ever to appear at auction.” Christie’s auction house has announced that it will be auctioning a large part of the Avery family cellar – one of Bristol’s oldest and […]


Petrus reaches new heights as weak sterling boosts fine wine market

The weaker pound continues to boost global fine wine indices as trade in eight vintages of Petrus hit record highs last month. Angelus, another much-loved Right Bank wine, also saw a boom in sales of several of its back vintages in July. Since the market started to rally late last year, it has been on […]


Investors driven towards physical assets as markets go volatile

Alternative investments are back in fashion. High-net worth investors are turning to Ferraris, rare diamonds and Burgundy wine as they grapple with ultra-low interest rates and the volatile stock market.   And if this is not good news enough, a recent survey carried out by the British wine industry showed that one in four wealth […]


England makes a sparkling debut on the fine wine market

English wine has officially joined the ranks of world-renowned brands such as Petrus and Dom Perignon, by making a sparkling debut on the market with Sussex fizz Nyetimber. To mark the beginning of August, Nyetimber traded a six-bottle case of their Classic Cuvée – England’s most famous name in sparkling wine and the first ever […]


Fine Wine 50 joins global indices on a bullish run

The Fine Wine 50 index closed Tuesday last week at 304.05, its highest level since October 2013. Global indices are joining the race, with the S&P 500 and Dow Jones hitting all-time highs, and the FTSE 100 striking an 11-month high. The global wine market has been boosted by a weaker Sterling this year, with […]


Fine wine post ‘Brexit’: sour grapes, or a question of improving with age?

If Brexit were a fine wine, it would be a dusty, sediment-laden Petrus 1965 found at the back of a Spanish farmer’s kitchen cupboard, given a good shaking and left to settle on a sunny windowsill. No-one agrees with the way it’s been handled and no-one has high hopes for its future, but we’re going […]


China to protect legal status of all still Bordeaux wine appellations

Following an agreement that China would recognise Bordeaux as a protected GI (geographical indication) in June 2015, last week Beijing agreed to protect the legal status of all still wine appellations in the region. In a country where the counterfeiting of French wines is rife due to the glamorisation of Bordeaux and an obsession with […]


Brand New Bordeaux wines: 2015 En Primeur offers

Capital Vintners is delighted to finally be offering wines En Primeur. This week, to celebrate the fact, we thought we’d give you a glimpse of the history behind some of the great Bordeaux chateaux – namely Beychevelle, Clinet, Domaine de Chevalier and Grand Puy Lacoste. More wines to follow! Get in touch with one of our […]


English Wine Week 2016: can Britain compete with European fine wines?

It’s English Wine Week this week, with a variety of events taking place across the country at retail outlets, hotels, restaurants and vineyards to mark the occasion. Between rapidly rising demand and increasingly favourable growing conditions, there has never been a better time to celebrate the flourishing English wine industry. And with the referendum on […]


Japanese Manga meets investment wine

Authors of international best-selling Manga phenomenon, The Drops of God, have been awarded Asian Wine Personality of the year for their significant contribution to the fine wine industry. Shin and Yuko Kibayashi have been credited with igniting a passion for fine wine both among young Japanese readers and across the globe, with their 44-volume weekly […]


Slow Bordeaux: lull in 2015 fine wine releases boosts trade in back vintages

As the release of the very top Bordeaux wines of 2015 gets closer and closer, consumers seem to be playing the waiting game. Experienced collectors, however, are taking the opportunity to scour back vintages for a bargain, and the Liv-ex Fine Wine 50 has held its strength despite the lull in activity. Last week’s top […]


April Activity on the Fine Wine Market

The market’s benchmark index, the Liv-ex Fine Wine 100, closed April on a high for the fifth consecutive month for the first time since early 2011. So far this year, the index has gained 6.1%.  The bid:offer ratio at the end of the month – the amount of bids received against offers made – was […]


Neal Martin reveals scores on this year’s top Bordeaux wines

Robert Parker’s Essex-born successor has at last released his assessment of the Bordeaux 2015 vintage wines in barrel, deeming the year an “excellent vintage” and likening the distribution of quality to a “narrow pyramid”. After a relatively slow week on the market front, the news sparked a string of exciting releases that really marked the […]


Bordeaux wines see high levels of trade in the run up to En Primeur releases

While the market as a whole experiences the typical April lull as it waits with baited breath for En Primeur price releases, interest in Bordeaux is comparatively high as consumers run to grab a bargain from their favourite fine wine region. Bordeaux’s total share of trade climbed to 83.3% last week, a big step up […]


Parker steps down as reviewer of Bordeaux wines

It’s big news this week for the wine community and, more specifically, Bordeaux wine producers – Robert Parker is stepping down from reviewing Bordeaux wines altogether. Last year he announced that, after a 30+ year career in the Gironde, he would hand over his responsibilities in the annual Bordeaux En Primeur tastings to British critic […]


First 2015 Bordeaux wines released: En Primeur update

Yesterday, the first handful of 2015 Bordeaux wines were released onto the market.   A few critics have already had their say on the En Primeur wines, and feedback ranges from “extremely exciting” to “very inconsistent”.   En Primeur wine as an investment Interest in En Primeur wines as an investment has decreased in recent […]


Capital Vintners features in Raconteur Magazine

Capital Vintners is proud to feature in Raconteur magazine’s April 2016 edition, distributed widely and for free at tube stations across London. Aiming “to connect the growing ranks of intelligent readers with leading analysis and commentary on global current affairs”, April’s edition features articles such as “EU signs refugee return deal”, “The not very International Monetary Fund” […]


Fine Wine Marches On

It is the news we have all been waiting for – investors are finally returning to the fine wine marketplace.  The Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 – the industry’s “benchmark” index – has closed March up 2.69%, its fourth consecutive monthly rise and the index’s largest month-on-month rise since February 2013, when it rose 3.05%. “With just […]


Is the fine wine market ready for Bordeaux En Primeur 2015?

Things have been unusually quiet in the run up to the Bordeaux 2015 En Primeur tastings, due to be held next week, probably because previous campaigns have not always been a success. But there is hope for the En Primeur market yet – that is, as long as prices are sensibly allocated to vintage that […]


The Eagle has Landed: Californian fine wines and their place in your portfolio

As the 2009 vintage is announced as one of the top 10 lots to feature at Sotheby’s upcoming spring Hong Kong sale, and due to the recent release of the 2013, Screaming Eagle has been in the press a lot lately. But does this highly-priced trophy wine have any place in a diversified portfolio? This […]


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 […]


Having a Dry January? Try Sauvignon Blanc…

Whether you’ve been abstaining from the glorious grape this month or not, now we are nearing the end of January it’s time to consider the science behind temporary teetotalism. Was it worth it? And, more importantly, as we inevitably slip back into our old habits, is there any scientific case for moderate, daily wine consumption? […]


Toasting the future: the effects of global warming on fine wine production

What with the unseasonably warm winter so far and the fact that half of Britain is virtually underwater, it is difficult to deny the fact that global warming is happening. But how will this affect our beloved grapes… and is it all bad news? Last week we mused about the future of fine wine in […]


“Cautious optimism” for the Fine Wine Market in 2016

Although the arrival of a new year may often seem like nothing but the arbitrary passing of time, it nevertheless offers a comfortable, if illusory, starting point from which to contemplate the future. The reality is that the fine wine market ran mostly flat last year – the ‘ups’ of summer 2014 failed to carry […]


Super Sassicaia: the story of Italy’s top investment-grade wine

It’s a classic Italian tale, blending simplicity with superiority and permeated with due lashings of family rivalry and patriotism. In 1941, when the aristocrat Mario Incisa della Rocchetta (pronounced Incheesa della Rocketta) decided to plant a few Cabernet Sauvignon vines on a neglected farm on the coast of Tuscany to whet his appetite for fine […]


The Liv-ex 2015 Fine Wine Power Brands

The tenth edition of the Liv-ex ‘Power 100’ – an annual list of the 100 most powerful fine wine brands in the world – has been released in conjunction with the Drinks Business this month. Scores were calculated from a list of all wines and vintages traded over the past year (September 2014 – August […]


Will burgeoning Burgundy be the new Bordeaux?

On the face of it, top Burgundy wine has suffered this year, overtaken in the autumn by Italy and Champagne as the second most traded region after Bordeaux. A closer look at the figures, however, reveals an altogether different story. Burgundy is still the top performer in terms of value – in fact, prices have […]


Fine wine returns tower over those of stock, gold and property, a new report shows

  In a recent report on the state of the market, investment-grade wine emerged as far more lucrative than the more traditional asset types of stock, gold and property. The Liv-ex Investables index has appreciated by a staggering 1474% since 1988, almost double that of the Dow Jones Industrial 30, followed closely by the S&P […]


Bordeaux bounces back with 2015 harvest ‘magic’

After five years of steady decline in Bordeaux fine wine trade, fingers are firmly crossed throughout the region as this year’s harvest proves promising and plentiful. Renaud Ruer, a leading Bordeaux negociant, has heard “magic” things from the Médoc, and thinks Château Margaux will produce the best Left Bank wine this year. Early harvest makes […]


The Capital Vintners Guide to Fine Wine Investment – Part 3

The Wines – What to include in your portfolio In the final part of our guide for the aspiring wine collector, we get to the heart of the matter – the wines themselves. Having discussed the market and the basics of fine wine as an investment strategy, we look at the performance of each of […]


The Capital Vintners Guide to Fine Wine Investment – Part 2

The Basics – How to begin a vintage wine collection Diversifying into alternative types of investment can seem a daunting task, let alone putting together a cellar full of carefully chosen vintage wines. In the second part of our beginner’s guide for novice wine collectors, we want to explore the practicalities of getting started with […]


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 […]


Bordeaux 2014 Harvest

Last week the Bordeaux harvest  began for the 2014 vintage, and hopes are high thanks to some beautiful weather in the region. Typically it is the Merlot grapes that are picked before the Cabernet Sauvignon, making the Right Bank busier in the opening week of the Bordeaux red harvest. We are already getting reports from […]


Fine Wine in Your Cellar? Get it valued!

Many people decide to collect fine wine as a hobby more than to make an investment; but what if this hobby became a very smart way of making quick legitimate easy money? Well it could well do, in fact there are many prestigious people doing just this. So if you have fine wine in your […]


Baroness Philippine de Rothschild dies, aged 80

Philippine de Rothschild has died at the age of 80. Baroness Philippine was one of the most influential people in the wine world in the 20th century, She took over the running of Mouton Rothschild, one of only five Bordeaux First Growth estates, in 1988. Now Mouton is considered one of the most sought-after wines […]


Are we Seeing an Upturn in Fortunes for Bordeaux?

2014 has been a difficult year so far for Bordeaux. However there are signs that the downturn is coming to an end. Last week Liv-ex (London International Vintners Exchange) reported that its top five ‘market movers’ were five vintages of the Bordeaux First Growth, Haut Brion (1995,2000,2006,2009,2010). This was great news for Bordeaux, not least […]


The Grapes Behind The Best Bordeaux Wine

The Bordeaux wine region covers an expansive area of 120,000 hectares, making it the second biggest wine region in the world. The diversity of its soils, its mix of climates and combinations of grape varieties allows Bordeaux to produce a variety of different wines including dry and sweet white, red, rosé, claret and sparkling wines. […]


Capital Vintners at LIWF 2013

  Capital Vintners attended the premier event of this year’s London International Wine Fair (LIWF); the Union des Grands Crus (UGC) de Bordeaux. The new UGC President, Olivier Bernard, led the event, which returned to the LIWF for the third time. The newly-bottled 2010 vintage was the centrepiece of the event. A very well received vintage, […]


Eye On Asia (Part 1): Bordeaux Still Top of China’s List

In the last five years there can be no denying that China has been pushing the fine wine market skyward almost single-handedly. No one could have predicted the demand from the Far East which has seen prices for certain wines skyrocket.  In 2012 Christie’s sold over £23 million worth of fine wine at just nine […]


Capital Vintners: Eye on Asia

We all know that the Chinese wine market has boomed over the last few years, but recently there has been rumours abounding that demand has been decreasing after the boom of 2009-11. Let’s investigate the data. According to International Wine and Spirit Research (IWSR), the Chinese drank 160 million cases of wine in 2011, a […]


Bordeaux 2010 Parker Scores Released

Robert Parker released his scores for the Bordeaux 2010 vintage this weekend. 10 wines were awarded a perfect score of 100 points: Latour Haut-Brion Petrus Le Dome La Violette  Pontet Canet  Beausejour Duffau Cheval Blanc  Pape Clement Le Pin   In addition to this high count of 100-point wines, eight more scored an impressive 99 […]


Capital Vintners Wine Auction Report

After a series of high-profile wine auctions, we examine the current state of the market in this in-depth report. Italian Wines on the UpOn 23 February Acker, Merrall and Condit saw substantial interest in Italian vertical lots. These included a four magnum collection of Bartolo Mascarello Barolo made up of 1952, 71, 86 and 88 […]


China to exhibit its wines for the first time at LIWF 2013

The rise of Chinese involvement in the wine market can be seen more and more these days. For the first time Chinese wine will be presented at the London International Wine Fair (LIWF) 2013. Chateau Hansen – established by the Han family in the 1980s – is China’s first organic estate. Situated in Wuhai, Hansen […]


Parker inducted into Vintners Hall of Fame

Robert Parker, the most famous wine critic in the world, has been inducted into the Culinary Institute of America’s Vintners Hall of Fame.  Four people were inducted – Parker, Merry Edwards, Cesar Chavez and Frank Schoonmaker – by the nominating committee chaired by wine journalist W. Blake Gray.  Parker called his induction a “very humbling […]


Capital Vintners Italian Fine Wine Report

Ever since 1971, when Sassicaia became the first ever ‘Super Tuscan,’ this impressive red wine has not only grown in reputation and price, but it has put Italian wines on the map.   The wine broke all of Italy’s outdated rules and regulations during the 1970s and 80s, giving it ‘rebel status’ within the wine […]


Capital Vintners at the NZ Trade Fair 2013

The New Zealand Trade Fair 2013 took place at Lord’s Cricket Ground yesterday. Dozens of top-quality New Zealand wins were on show, including Cloudy Bay, Villa Maria, Esk Valley and Oyster Bay. The focus was very much on New Zealand as a fantastic wine-growing island, with great conditions for a variety of grapes and an […]


Capital Vintners Bordeaux 2010 Report

James Suckling shares his thoughts on the Bordeaux 2010 vintage……. The renowned wine critic James Suckling has awarded 11 wines 100 points from the Bordeaux 2010 vintage. Bearing in mind he only gave a perfect 100 score to nine wines in 2009 – often hailed as the greatest Bordeaux vintage for a generation – this […]


Capital Vintners Burgundy Report Continued

A selection of the finest DRC wines  It’s been another busy week for Burgundies across the globe. DRC 2010The Domaine de la Romanee-Conti 2010 vintage has been released, with the owner Aubert de Villaine calling it ‘Homeric’.The vintage has so far attracted some positive attention from critics, including Andrew Jefford, who remarked that it was “a […]


Capital Vintners: Burgundy 2011 Report

The Burgundy Report called it a “precocious vintage”. Others have noted that the 2011 Burgundies could be something special. The buzz is good so far for this highly sought-after French wine region. The red Burgundies have been described as having a ‘lightness in body, shape and mouthfeel and a focus on purity.’ Some producers have already […]


Capital Vintners Special Report: Fine Wine and China

In 2008 the fine wine market was affected by a single piece of legislation in Hong Kong to such an extent that the small island off the coast of China is now, after only four years, Bordeaux’s number one export market. The duty on fine wine was reduced from 40 to 0 per cent and […]


Capital Vintners: Champagne 2012 report

After initial worries about the Champagne 2012 harvest – poor weather and a huge harvest shortage – it would appear that the vintage could be a special one. Thanks to a great end to the season (ideal weather conditions throughout August and September), the Champagne 2012 vintage has already been compared to the 2002 and […]


Capital Vintners: Fine Wine Investment 2013 Report (Part 3)

The final part of our 2013 fine wine investment report focuses on some countries which often get overlooked  in the wine market. PolandIn the last four years the wine consumption per capita in Poland has increased by 14 per cent to 2.05 litres. There is increasing evidence that points towards the Polish population moving away […]


Capital Vintners: Fine Wine Investment 2013 Report (Part 2)

Who will be the next China? That’s the question on everyone’s lips as we enter 2013. The front-runners are India, Brazil and Russia. But as well as the BRIC nations, there are other dark horses that may feature in the global market. BrazilNow that protectionist regulations have been staved off and Brazilian wine producers have […]


Capital Vintners: Fine Wine Investment 2013 Report

This week we will be focusing on the year ahead, with an emphasis on the areas of the market we think will see growth in the next 12 months. After a disappointing first half to 2012, the fine wine market bounced back in the final few months, leading to key pundits and experts predicting a […]


Liv-ex indices finish 2012 strongly

After a rather disappointing year for fine wine investment, there was at least good news from the Liv-ex indices as we enter 2013. The Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 finished 2012 on 260.78, a six-month high. The Liv-ex Fine Wine 50 achieved the strongest finish to the year, up 1.8 per cent to 302.22, its highest […]


Study finds out that wine can lower rate of depression in women

A scientific study has shown that the risk of depression in women is lowered if they are moderate wine drinkers. Over 13,000 people in Spain were used in the study – known as the SUN project – over the course of ten years. University graduates without depression were used. The outcome was based on a doctor’s […]


Burgundy 2011 en primeur

Allen Meadows, the world’s leading voice on Burgundy wines In the past few months there has been a significant rise in interest in fine wine from Burgundy. So the 2011 en primeur Burgundies are bound to attract attention. With Burgundies breaking records all over the world at auctions, 2013 may be the year that Bordeaux finds […]