Author Archives: Peter Shakeshaft

Château Margaux appoints Philippe Bascaules as MD

Following the untimely death, this Spring of Paul Pontalier, Château Margaux has now announced the appointment of Philippe Bascaules as Managing Director to commence 1st March 2017. Bascaules currently runs Francis Ford Coppola’s Napa Valley-based Inglenook Winery and he will continue to oversee the 50-year vineyard plan he set in motion when he joined the […]


Demand for British-owned fine wine rises with Brexit currency moves

Media focus post the Conservative Party conference switched quickly from the UK’s stronger than forecast economic growth in the last period and is now zoned in on Sterling’s performance with the headline status of the £ reaching a “31-year’ low. With parity expected between GBP: Euro anytime soon the on-going currency volatility will prevail as […]


International Footballers take the Bragging Rights Once Again and Lead the Cricketers 7-3 in the Series

Authors: John Morris and Warren Rumsey Vale Do Lobo, Portugal once again hosted the annual International Footballers versus International Cricketers Golf Challenge this month.  Celebrating its 10th anniversary Alan Shearer, captain of the Footballers, gratefully received the trophy from Graeme Swann, the Cricketers captain, at the presentation evening held last Friday at the Dona Filipa […]


Chateau Haut Brion 2011 – currently the best ‘off-prime’ addition to your portfolio

The First Growths are, without doubt, the blue-chip mainstays of a strong wine investment portfolio providing liquidity and in the current market strong opportunity for growth.  All five offer great investor appeal and are in demand right now but if you don’t already own a case of Chateau Haut Brion, there are compelling reasons to […]


Wealth Managers look to alternative investments to fill portfolio gap as traditional investments struggle in low interest rate world

FT Adviser.com, the FT’s digital news platform for financial services practitioners, has published special reports this week looking at the increasing appetite of investors and their advisors for alternative assets to bolster portfolios as “Traditional assets can no longer be relied upon to behave properly”. The current poor performance of previous cornerstone investments such as […]