Author Archives: Peter Shakeshaft

The ‘Power of Parker Perfection’

Robert Parker Jnr has probably been the single most influential individual on the modern fine wine market, becoming the trusted authority on quality whose opinion has moved markets in the most valuable wines in the world. A wine awarded 100 points by Parker is extremely rare, has the highest quality rating and should, by association, […]


Every 4 – 6 weeks we publish a review on the fine wine market gathering together key performance data and relevant trade information we believe is important to share with fine wine investors and those considering entering the market. In our September 2018 Fine Wine Investment Market Report we take our usual look at the […]

First Growth Latour – a sign of things to come?

Chateau Latour releases a top vintage second wine at a 20% premium. The Bordeaux First Growths’ second wines have grabbed attention and market share over the last 12 months. Chateau Lafite’s Carruades-Lafite has been one of the highest volume traded wines on Liv-ex in 2018. With this back-drop we look at the release this month of […]

Screaming Eagle – California’s iconic ‘high flyer’

The iconic Screaming Eagle enjoys the special aura and phenomenon of the super rare Californian cult Cabernets with tiny production and tightly held distribution. Benefiting from the perception that you have to be a ‘special insider’ to gain access to these rare wines, valuations achieved by Screaming Eagle have been record breaking. It all began […]

Scarecrow: Hollywood’s star Californian ‘Cult Wine’

There is some history of ‘Hollywood aristocracy’ acquiring wine interests in Napa Valley which continues today. The origins of Scarecrow, one of the five wines included in Liv-ex’s recently launched California 50 index, traces back to the late Joseph Judson Cohn, former MGM vice-president and executive producer of ‘The Wizard of Oz’. J.J. Cohn’s time […]

DOMINUS – Petrus’ Napa Cousin in top 5 California 50 index

The international secondary market in Dominus and the other top Californian, investment-grade wines is now sufficiently established for Liv-ex, the fine wine world’s equivalent of a ‘stock-exchange’, to create a dedicated benchmark; the newly launched California 50 index. In our current Californian series we take a closer look now at Dominus and the influence of […]