Author Archives: Peter Shakeshaft

2016 tipped an ‘exceptional vintage’ by first critic to score

James Suckling is the first top wine critic to publish his En Primeur scores of the 2016 vintage. Always one of the earliest to set out his stall for the latest Bordeaux vintage, his overall view is that “2016 is an exceptional vintage, equal to the exquisite 2015”. Suckling may well be using this platform to position himself as Parker’s successor as the wine world focuses on Bordeaux at this time of year.


Bordeaux 2016: early insight to the soon-to-be-launched Bordeaux vintage

With two weeks to go, Bordeaux will be gearing up for the arrival of the world’s merchants, press and critics to have the first opportunity to taste the soon-to-be released 2016 vintage. Those who have dared to put their heads above the parapet are making positive noises, most notably Philippe Dhalluin, MD Chateau Mouton Rothschild, is quoted as saying of 2016 – “is clearly an excellent vintage”.


Knight Frank Wealth Report 2017: “Wine tops luxury investments”

International property investment specialists, Knight Frank have just published their annual wealth report providing a review of the current investment trends of ultra high net worth investors around the world. The 2017 Wealth Report studies the performance of asset classes with a particular focus on property but KF have also created an interesting market guide […]


Burgundy prices are dangerous!

A Burgundy-based wine maker has commented in the trade press this week on the prices the region’s wines are currently achieving. Yannick Champ, of Nuit-St-Georges based Domaine Prieure-Roch, believes that the Burgundy values are “dangerous” and could lead to a crash similar to that experienced by Bordeaux post 2011. Of course there is considerably more […]


Treasure Hunting can pay rich Rewards

Treasure seeking is a reality! In fact there are a group of highly prized assets whose rarity and value has provided such spectacular growth for their owners that they are actually referred to as “Treasure Assets”. These include fine art, classic cars, vintage watches, antiques, rare stamps and fine wine. There is nothing whimsical about […]


Can Sterling remain the dominant currency in the fine wine trade post Brexit?

In the 12 months to the 30th of June 2016 Bordeaux exported approximately €1.7billion of the region’s wines. This figure was slightly reduced from the previous year’s €1.8billion and the market distribution changed as can be seen in the table below: Bordeaux wine exports:   HK China USA UK 2014 – 2015 €251million €236million €196million […]