Author Archives: Peter Shakeshaft

Calm before the storm – touring the 2014 vintage

I had the privilege of tasting some of the finest 2014 Bordeaux wines last week in the peace and calm after the main trade campaign at the beginning of April. The more serene atmosphere belied the fact that this is the time when the chateaux really get down to business with key buyers attending back-to-back […]

Price is the ultimate arbiter for 2014 Bordeaux

Now the scrum of the main trade En Primeur tastings is over, I am in Bordeaux as usual at this time to talk to chateaux owners on a one to one basis. This year, I am working with Renaud (our Bordeaux Director) on positioning our clients for 2014 futures ahead of the impending release of […]

Ornellaia puts a positive spin on performance

The Italians have never been shy when trumpeting their performance and Super Tuscan estate, Ornellaia, is no exception. In conjunction with the Liv-ex wine trading platform they have undertaken a study which they say proves that their wine is a “more solid” investment than gold or oil. Ornellaia was the leading Italian wine estate sold […]

Liv-ex Founder points to value for wine investors now

The dichotomy of fine wine and money! The ‘establishment’ frowns on the principle of treating wine as an investment and yet it is inherent to the history of trade in fine wine. Director and founder of Liv-ex , James Miles, recently spoke at the annual Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Fair about this attitude, […]


Robert Parker has finally released his scores for the Bordeaux 2013 vintage. Conspicuous by his absence at the traditional spring en primeur tastings in Bordeaux earlier in the year his scores for 2013 come as no surprise given his earlier comments about the vintage. He describes this challenging vintage as the most difficult since 1992, […]

Investment in top Bordeaux outperforms gold

A recent study underlines what we have always believed at Vin-X. Namely that if you invest in the wines from the top chateaux in Bordeaux in the long run your investment performance will outstrip that of most other investable assets. Wines to invest in include the First Growths naturally, the Super Seconds and the top […]

Interest Rates: A Rising Opportunity

In the financial pages of your selected periodical there has no doubt been much talk of late about interest rates: Do they need to rise? When will they rise, how much should they rise? Though the Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney has equivocated on the issue, the signs are that such a […]

What the Liv-ex blog really tells us

Whilst the latest Liv-ex blog is always eagerly awaited at Vin-X and in the wider wine trade sometimes it does not dig deep enough in its analysis ands remains frustratingly neutral. We have dug a little deeper and believe there are some interesting trends that need interpreting further. Bordeaux's share of the market is down […]