Author Archives: Geoffrey Dean

Institute of Masters of Wine auction to expand their global reach

A treasure-trove of a live online auction with Bonhams ought to attract serious attention from investors and connoisseurs alike. And it’s not just some great wines that are on offer. Fancy dinner with Jancis Robinson in London, or a visit to her American opposite number, Debra Meiburg MW’s cellar in Hong Kong? Or a night […]


2015 UGC Tastings reveal predictions for 2017 vintage

Olivier Bernard, the President of the Union de Grands Crus de Bordeaux, has revealed that the severe spring frosts in France this year will reduce yield in the region by as much as 40% from the bumper 2016 crop. The late April frosts hit Bordeaux and other parts of France particularly hard, although much of […]


Mid-August Fine Wine Market Update

Although many investors are away on holiday, it still seems pertinent to report on market movements in the summer lull. The good news is that, despite relatively low trading, the Liv-ex Fine Wine 50 continues to head north. Although it nudged upwards by a mere 0.1% in what was a quiet July, the graph has […]


Liv-ex recreates a ‘modern day 1855 classification’

Investors ought to know about a new ‘recreation’ by Liv-ex of the 1855 classification in Bordeaux. That was, of course, restricted to Medoc wines only but Lix-ex have enterprisingly added leading wines from other parts of Bordeaux and France, as well as five other countries. How have they done it? By price – just as […]


Christies NY fine wine auction achieves further world record prices

Here’s some news to cheer the wine investor. A posse of new world auction records were set at the end of last week at Christie’s in New York to underline the continuing strength of fine wine investment. Some mature Burgundies and a pair of ancient Madeiras were many of the record-setting wines in question. And […]


Sotheby’s triumphant London sale signals ongoing fine wine ascendancy

The ‘dream-like collection’ of a single connoisseur has defied sale forecasts by Sotheby’s, comfortably exceeding them at auctions in New York and London this week. “A triumph,” was the verdict of Stephen Mould, head of wine for Sotheby’s Europe, on the New Bond Street outfit’s big event in the capital. More of the wines will […]


Market highs sees auction houses primed for huge sales

At the risk of sounding like a record that has got stuck, the Lix-ex Fine Wine 100 index went up yet again last month. That makes a record 15 months of consecutive rises, taking the index to its highest level since October 2011 when it reached 308.3. Calculated at the end of each month, it […]


Liv-ex 100 continues upward trend with 14th consecutive monthly rise

Another month, another rise for the Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 index. Up for the 14th month in succession, and by a healthy 1.26% after a somewhat modest increase in December. I wrote early this year that the trend was all that mattered, and the trend shows no sign of abating. One can easily get blasé […]


Liv-ex indices end 2016 with historic first and excitement over Burgundy 2015

While investors will be noting the stock market’s relentless bull run since soon after the Brexit vote, they will also be remarking on Fine Wine’s inexorable rise in value. Liv-ex’s Fine Wine 100 index, calculated at the end of every month, rose yet again in December to complete an historic first: an increase every month […]


Final Fine Wine Auction Sale of the year hails 2016 as an Annus Mirabilis!

The raising of yet another substantial sum, £1.4m, at Sotheby’s final wine sale of the year in London, took the auction house’s sales for 2016 to as much as £59.2m (US$73.75m). That represents a remarkable 22% increase for the New Bond Street outfit, capping what has been an annus mirabilis for anyone who invested in […]