Author Archives: Peter Shakeshaft

Bordeaux continues to rally as the king bows out

Against a background of rallying markets and a nascent En Primeur campaign the biggest news in Bordeaux at the moment isn’t in fact in Bordeaux at all, but from Baltimore, Maryland, home of TV’s “The Wire”, Super Bowl winning Baltimore Ravens and the wine world’s own Robert Parker Jr Yesterday Robert Parker Jr. and the […]


2015 Right Bank Stars

2015 is definitely a Merlot vintage, and it has helped many estates in St Emilion and Pomerol to show their best, but it also evidences the disparate qualities of the region’s wines this year. At our recent dinner in the UK with Cheval Blanc’s Technical Director, Pierre-Olivier Clouet, he had intimated that 2015 was not […]


Margaux: the Left Bank 2015 vanguard

The UGC tastings organised by Bordeaux are all about showcasing the new vintage, whipping up the excitement of the world’s wine merchants as they tour Bordeaux’s wineries. This year sees the Chinese back in numbers! – But the Bordelais have learnt, they will of course treat the Far Eastern buyers with respect, but they will […]


How much will currency put a dent into the 2015 campaign?

Expectations are high for the 2015 Bordeaux vintage with even mainstream press tipping it as “maybe one of the greatest ever”! The market is more than ready to get its teeth stuck into a quality vintage but whether that will happen next month during the en primeurs campaign or at a later date is yet […]


Liv-ex upbeat in Q1 2016

With the end of first quarter of 2016 in sight, ahead of the all-important latest vintage en primeurs campaign, the industry’s key exchange and value indicator, Liv-ex, continues its stream of positive news for the market. So far the vibe for 2016 is upbeat, Bordeaux is enjoying a seemingly sustained resurgence with the news this […]


Brexit – the Vin-X View

I have already written about a potential Brexit on one or two occasions, specifically from our point of view as a wine company.  With just over 100 days until we all (hopefully) go out and vote, I thought it appropriate to express an opinion more generally on the matter.  Ultimately we are all currently devoid […]


Barclays on savers who invest in wine for higher returns

Barclays has published an article featuring case studies from a number of investors seeking stronger returns in the current low-interest rate environment. The author points to the fact that the Bank of England reduced interest rates to 0.5 per cent six years ago, and with rate rises not expected in the short term some investors […]


Wine and the consequences of Brexit

With a possible announcement of a referendum date imminent, and a hefty report on the topic from highly regarded fund manager Neil Woodford released this week (https://woodfordfunds.com/economic-impact-brexit-report/) it seems opportune to think seriously about the consequences for wine and wine investors of a Brexit. Quite apart from copious quantities being quaffed at victory parties or […]


Dark grey Tuesday

At the close of trading in Europe yesterday the MSCI world index was down 18% from its highs in May last year, perilously close to an official bear market.  With Chinese markets still to return from their New Year break, trading on mainstream markets has been difficult. Although not on the scale of a Black […]