Category Archives: Wine Investment

Gold rush for ‘safe haven’ – fine wine offers comparative option for investors

Gold’s month on month performance has dropped off for the first time this year following first quarter sustained demand, most likely as a response to the falling US dollar, concerns over rising inflation and an increasingly tense geopolitical scene. Gold’s spot price today stands at $1,288, up 8.5% year to date in Sterling. ETF Securities […]

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.

Tax specialist’s view on Budget impact on fine wine investment

The dust is beginning to settle following Philip Hammond’s last Spring Budget (will now be an Autumn Budget) and I can report that there are no significant changes that will directly affect investments in fine wine by U.K. Resident and domiciled individuals. However with Article 50 about to be triggered by Theresa May and our formal exit from the EU only two years away it’s a case of watch this space. Whilst I cannot see Brexit changing the UK domestic tax landscape fundamentally, there will be yet unknown changes to the taxation of international trade and the imposition of Customs Duties.

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”.