Author Archives: Peter Shakeshaft

Fine Wine Investment Tips

In a week when a lot of people’s thoughts are geared towards the betting medium of the World Cup, Royal Ascot and Wimbledon how do we at Vin-X pick our winning investment wines and what are we tipping at the moment ? We are proud that in the last 3 years our client’s portfolios have […]


Champagne adds sparkle to investment portfolio

“Never put all your eggs in one basket” should be the canny mantra of any investor and the same is true of the fine wine market. Traditionally Bordeaux has always dominated any fine wine portfolio but in the 21st century there are now a handful of other wine-producing regions which may also claim to be […]


Industry Champagne Report 2014 points to future value

Drinks Business published their 2014 Champagne Report earlier this month updating the market on the 2030 initiative launched in 2012 to improve the long term value of the region and its wines. In response to the massive success of sparkling wines and the emerging power of this competition the two key organisations, the Union des […]


Is Bordeaux en primeur still relevant in 2014?

By common consent the 2013 Bordeaux vintage has been far from their best, yet they still made reasonable wine thanks to modern winemaking technology. However the Bordelais have shot themselves in the foot because of their mishandling of their en primeur campaign. En Primeur is a French wine trade term for wine sold as a […]


Liv-ex founder believes market now in better shape

Trade magazine, Harpers, interviewed Liv-ex director, Justin Gibbs, this month wherein he acknowledged the fact that the en primeur system has priced out average collectors and investors over the past few years. The original rationale of en primeur pricing by the chateaux was to reward the payment for wine two years in advance of receipt […]


Lafite adopts a different approach in 2013

Today we visited Lafite, and learned that the 2013 version of the iconic brand has, like Margaux, adopted a ‘different way’ to combat the challenges imposed by conditions last year. Lafite 2013 is constructed of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Merlot. Lafite has adopted a similar strategy before with 1961 (99% Cabernet, 1% Petit Verdot) […]


Will Margaux 2013 prove to be a future collectable?

The Bordeaux tastings took Vin-X to First Growth Margaux yesterday morning. Another victim of the disastrous Medoc harvest last year, the wine-makers at this venerable chateau (a favourite of Thomas Jefferson and the home of the first claret to be auctioned at Christies in 1771), have innovated with the 2013 vintage – brave and maybe […]


Where’s the Value in 2013?

Having tasted Angelus, Yquem and Cheval Blanc with Master of Wine, Hugo Rose, earlier this week, day 3 commenced with the arrival of Jane Masters MW to join us on the tastings. The first offering was a rather ‘green’ Margaux, followed by Cos D’Estournel which showed well and endorsed the view that the Northern Left […]