Author Archives: Peter Shakeshaft

James Suckling publishes 2017 Bordeaux vintage scores

Author: Peter Shakeshaft Suckling is generally the first of the top wine critics to publish his ratings of the latest Bordeaux vintage each Spring and as the trade is currently supping its way around the region’s chateaux a critical pointer is of interest. It is no surprise that Suckling refers to the reduced supply caused […]

Thoughts ahead of the Bordeaux 2017 En Primeurs Campaign

On the 9th of April the Bordeaux chateaux will open their doors to the world’s wine trade for the industry’s official sampling of the 2017 vintage. This annual gathering of global merchants and critics is one of the key events in the wine calendar and the success of a vintage campaign can determine the sentiment […]

Super Tuscan Masseto investing in new winery

    The Super Tuscans have enjoyed increasing take-up by investors as the market has broadened over the last five years. The wines of Masseto, Ornellaia, Sassicaia, Solaia and Tignanello may often achieve similar quality scores to those of the top Bordeaux chateaux, but without the brand profile of the 1855 classification and their Right […]

DRC £264,000 sale sets another fine wine record this month

One of the first fine wine auctions of the year at Christie’s London this month achieved another world record sale, keeping up the trend seen during 2017. A 12-bottle case of rare 1988 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Romanée-Conti went under the hammer for £264,000. In 2017 a 12-bottle case of the same vintage raised £198,000, […]

Knight Frank Wealth Report 2018 sees continued investment by UHNWIs in fine wine

Property investment specialist, Knight Frank published its 2018 Wealth Report this month providing an update on the performance of global property markets and an insight into the current investment trends of the world’s ‘Super Wealthy’. The report includes the findings of the Knight Frank’s Attitudes Survey 2018 is based on the responses of over 500 […]

A closer look at the Bordeaux 2017 vintage supply

The Bordeaux chateaux have to declare their expected production for the latest vintage in December, prior to the Spring en primeur releases. The results submitted by the region’s 6,500 growers have now been assimilated and conclude that the supply of 2017 will be 40% down on 2016. Last year was a bountiful vintage with the […]

Neal Martin published his Bordeaux 2015 vintage scores

Hot off the press, Neal Martin has published his critical view on Bordeaux 2015 today. This was the key critic’s opinion the market has been waiting for and released on The Wine Advocate (although it appears in a slightly grudging way by the platform). Parker’s chosen successor has rated the 2015 vintage overall as excellent […]

Specialist fine wine auctioneer kicks off 2018 with US$10M sale

Chicago-based Hart Davies Hart is recognised as the world’s leading specialist fine wine auctioneer and has just reported that its first sale of 2018, held in February, was the biggest in the auctioneer’s history, raising in excess of US$10M.  The sale took place over three days with bids received from 15 different countries for rare […]


The top wines of Burgundy are produced in low volumes, are of a superlative quality and command some of the highest values in the world and the market just can’t get enough of them! The growing global demand for Burgundy’s wines has driven growth in the region’s market share by value traded on Liv-ex from […]