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When he was Chancellor Gordon Brown famously predicted an end to boom and bust and we know how that ended. Curiously James Miles, MD of Liv-ex stated recently in a speech at the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair that he believed that the natural cycle of the fine wine market is here to […]
According to the wine critic, Oz Clarke, Michel Chapoutier is one of the greatest winemakers in France. What is also now beyond doubt is that he is probably the most important man in the Rhone Valley as last week he was elected president of the eponymous Appellation Controlee. Chapoutier is a pioneer and has worked […]
Following the fine wine market’s less than stellar recent performance according to the Herald focus has shifted in some quarters to rare, single malt, whisky as a possible liquid investment. The reported returns may on the surface seem to outstrip fine wine but the pitfalls are numerous. Whilst similar in form fine wine has a […]
The Italians have never been shy when trumpeting their performance and Super Tuscan estate, Ornellaia, is no exception. In conjunction with the Liv-ex wine trading platform they have undertaken a study which they say proves that their wine is a “more solid” investment than gold or oil. Ornellaia was the leading Italian wine estate sold […]
Francois Pinault, owner of dynamic the left bank Château Latour, has acquired a stake in Baronne Guichard, which owns three estates across Pomerol and St Emilion. It is possible that these new estates will now begin to practice the same organic and biodynamic winemaking techniques implemented by Latour. Coming on the back of Latour’s announcement […]
Vin-X examines how Château Latour’s withdrawal from the en primeur system may affect the prices of its wine both now and in the future In 2012, Château Latour announced its withdrawal from the En Primeur system after the 2011 vintage. This was unprecedented and Latour now stands alone as the only major Château in Bordeaux […]
The Chief Executive of Chateau Palmer (pictured) and the Sales Director of Chateau Pichon-Baron have confirmed what we at Vin-X realised back in October when we visited Chateaux Margaux, Mouton, Angelus, Yquem and Pontet-Canet during the harvest. Namely that the 2014 Bordeaux vintage is shaping up to be the best vintage since 2010 and could […]
Brisk activity in the November auction market has seen a number of records broken around the world. Private buyers are feeling bullish and at Sotheby's in London a 6 bottle case of 1963 Quinta do Noval Nacional fetched a record price for port of $37,000, which was more than triple the pre-sale estimate. Top Burgundy […]
It would seem that Vega Sicilia have an interesting but not unwanted problem. Despite some recent hiccups in their quality control department with the resultant replacement of 100,000 bottles at a cost of 10 million euros it would seem that they still have a war chest of 100 million euros. Such is the demand for […]
A recent Liv-ex blog has pinpointed the value within the First Growths. They used a rating system known as a POP or price-over-points ratio which is their loose measure of value for fine wine and applied it to the First Growths with some interesting results. Under the system the lower the score the better the […]