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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 … Continued

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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 … Continued

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Fine Wine Investment: Safe Haven

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 … Continued

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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 … Continued

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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 … Continued

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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 … Continued

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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 … Continued

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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 … Continued

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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 … Continued

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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 … Continued