Author Archives: Peter Shakeshaft

Lure of Safe Haven Investments grows with Euro Uncertainty, Chinese market malaise and an expected US interest rate rise

With monetary uncertainty in the key European and US markets and troubled Chinese equities having safe haven investments in your portfolio is key. The appeal of assets with inherent physical value are unquestionable – particularly more so when through a transparent acquisition rather than a future or financial vehicle. Interestingly a recent article published by […]


Is a Wine vs. FTSE comparison still favourable for Wine?

Historically wine has been a lucrative and rewarding investment to hold, this is a non-controversial statement. That the FTSE and other major equities indices have had a great recent run thanks to quantitative easing and loose monetary policy is equally indisputable. However, the period since 2010 to date has seen negative to minimal growth in […]


Demand for En Primeur 2014 Shows Maturity of Asian Market

Wine merchants in Hong Kong and China have declared the Bordeaux 2014 en primeur campaign to be a success. As reported in The Drinks Business, demand was especially strong for the First Growths of the Left Bank, in particular Lafite Rothschild and Mouton Rothschild, and also Pomerol Icon, Pétrus. Particularly encouraging is the sense that […]


Excellent Value Lafite Rothschild 2014 Tops En Primeur Sales

Lafite Rothschild 2014 has proven to be a big success in this year’s en primeur campaign, with Sotheby’s reporting that the latest vintage from the Pauillac First Growth estate has been their best-seller for the second year in a row. The auction house has been pleasantly surprised by the stronger-than-expected demand for the vintage as […]


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 […]