Category Archives: Wine Investment

Merchants’ views on early 2015 release prices

With a stream of release prices for the Bordeaux 2015s now coming out, investors have plenty to digest and ponder. One prominent château’s announcement this week that caught my eye came from Pape Clement, particularly because exactly a month ago when I visited it, I was told by the general manager, Cecile Daquin (Bernard Magrez’s […]

A final word ahead of significant 2015 En Primeur releases

Following on from our brief analysis of 2015 scores last week we thought it worthwhile going back and looking at all the major reviewers who have so far looked at this fascinating vintage. Thus far we have scores from Neal Martin, James Suckling, Antonio Galloni (vinous) Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast and Decanter magazines, Jancis Robinson, […]

2015 Tasting Notes and vintage ranking from Spurrier, Anson, D’Agata and James Lawther MW

Notable wine journalists Steven Spurrier, Jane Anson, Ian D’Agata and Master of Wine, James Lawther have tasted more than 600 wines of the 2015 vintage and ranked them this week in the trade magazine, Decanter. More plaudits for the vintage leaders Margaux, Cheval Blanc and Mouton Rothschild; we are seeing consistency on critical view and […]

Stop Press: Neal Martin’s 2015 scores released

Parker’s anointed successor Neal Martin has today released his scores for the 2015 en primeur tastings.  While there are many reviewers left to declare their 2015 opinions, Vin-X believe that in Neal Martin and James Suckling the two most significant voices have spoken. We have broken down their scores below to give an idea of […]

Will 100 point wines become even rarer in the Post Parker era?

Following on from last week’s announcement by Robert Parker of his further withdrawal from large scale reviewing of Bordeaux wines, Vin-X published a list of all the Bordeaux wines currently holding 100 points from the master himself.  We thought some refinement of this list would be a useful tool for our clients, and that some […]

The Quality of Bordeaux 2015

There seems to be some divergence of opinion about the precise quality of the 2015 Bordeaux vintage among critics who went out for the primeur tastings. Farr Vintners, the Battersea-based house, raved that the 2015s rank alongside 2010, 2009, 2005 and 2000 as the best vintages since 1990, while respected independent merchant, Haynes Hanson & […]

Neal Martin – rightful heir to the crown or the new pretender?

It would appear that the baton has now well and truly been passed from the wine world’s most globally influential critic, Robert Parker, to his ‘heir of choice’, Brit, Neal Martin. 68-year old Parker is slowly relinquishing his influence over the wine market and has this week announced that Neal Martin will now be responsible […]

Bordeaux continues to rally as the king bows out

Against a background of rallying markets and a nascent En Primeur campaign the biggest news in Bordeaux at the moment isn’t in fact in Bordeaux at all, but from Baltimore, Maryland, home of TV’s “The Wire”, Super Bowl winning Baltimore Ravens and the wine world’s own Robert Parker Jr Yesterday Robert Parker Jr. and the […]

Geoffrey Dean gets Bernard Magrez’s view on pricing for 2015

To invest in the 2015 Bordeaux vintage? Or not to invest? That is, of course, the question. Before long, the first tranche of primeur prices will be released, and while potential buyers cast an interested eye over the key critics’ marks from last week’s tastings, where the bottom line will be set is far from […]

2015 Right Bank Stars

2015 is definitely a Merlot vintage, and it has helped many estates in St Emilion and Pomerol to show their best, but it also evidences the disparate qualities of the region’s wines this year. At our recent dinner in the UK with Cheval Blanc’s Technical Director, Pierre-Olivier Clouet, he had intimated that 2015 was not […]