Author Archives: Peter Shakeshaft

FT: Classic cars and fine wine beat even Warren Buffet’s investments!

An article by the FT’s Wealth correspondent, Hugo Greenhalgh, this week puts the spotlight on asset classes categorized by HMRC as ‘wasting’. Not only do they provide the appeal of Capital Gains Tax exemption, granted by HMRC’s classification, but they also provide outstanding returns. Greenhalgh’s article boldly states that “Classic cars and fine wine leave […]


DRINKS BUSINESS features Vin-X Report comparing fine wine v. equities, property & gold

Vin-X published a report this week providing an overview of the long-term performance of fine wine as an investment in comparison to equities quoted on key financial markets and alternative assets; Property and Gold since records began in 1988. Trade publisher thedrinksbusiness.com has picked this up and published some of the key points in an […]


Drinks Business feature Vin-X’s view on Cheval Blanc 2011

We are unashamed fans of Cheval Blanc; one of Saint Emilion’s four Premier Grand Cru Classés A houses. A recent visit to the region included a visit to the home of one of the most architecturally futuristic buildings in Bordeaux, where I had the great pleasure and privilege of spending time with some of the […]


Single bottle of Lafite 1895 sells for £11,000

An extremely rare single bottle of Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1895 has sold for £11,000 in Dubai this weekend. In 2011 a bottle of Lafite 1895 was auctioned at Christie’s for £6,670, the nearly 65 per cent growth in value in four years obviously bucking the recent trend for First Growths but showing the extraordinary values […]


Currency update

Here at Vin-X we’ve written a number of times about the impact your local currencies movements can have on the value of your wines.  Over at Liv-ex their thoughts are obviously similar, having just published some interesting data on exactly this topic, showing how well the liv-ex has performed in certain currencies over the last […]


Highlights of the Vin-X 2015 St. Emilion harvest tour

Now back in the UK and reflecting on the Saint Emilion trip last week, two things are foremost on my mind. Firstly, watching the harvest activity and the first tasting of the embryonic 2015, it seems to me that the wine makers of St Emilion have very high hopes for this vintage. As mentioned in […]


Vin-X Team commence 2015 Harvest Trip in Saint Emilion

I arrived in Bordeaux this week with Geoffrey Dean and enthusiastic Vin-X clients where we were welcomed by our local director, Renaud Ruer, as the region’s châteaux are in the midst of the 2015 harvest. We are here to get the first impressions of a vintage that is already being rumoured to be of better […]