Category Archives: Wine Investment

“The greatest Margaux ever made” – James Suckling

The accolades for Chateau Margaux 2015 are outstanding. The final vintage of the Chateau’s late, legendary wine maker, Paul Pontalier, would be a collectable wine under any circumstances, but this vintage truly does him justice. Voted the “Wine of the Vintage” by Liv-ex trade members, Margaux is the first of the First Growths to release […]

Anyone for Cricket and Wine?

As the third test match v Sri Lanka commences, England Cricket’s Stuart Broad has publicized his passion and nascent secondary career in wine and his recent acquisition of Nottinghamshire-based pub – the Cat and Wicket. Also an ambassador for Hardy’s Wine, England’s fast bowler has joined a growing number of world-class sports stars with a […]

2015 En Primeur First Growths any time now!

The 2015 en primeur campaign has hit its stride with a significant number of releases last week and some notables at the start of this. The general trend has been for the release prices to reflect the quality of the vintage rather than a market correction on perceived over-priced, lesser quality vintages in 2012 – […]

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. (see below) We thought some refinement of this list would be a useful tool for our clients, and […]

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 & […]