Category Archives: Wine Investment

Sotheby’s first half fine wine sales up 33%

Sotheby’s in London held its final fine wine sale of the summer last week that saw its sales from January to July rising by 33% since the corresponding period last year with combined sales of £7.5 million. The star lots were Petrus and Domaine de la Romanee-Conti from 1990 but mature, blue-chip Bordeaux was in […]

2012 Bordeaux tasting confirms status of vintage

The arrival of the invitation to a Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux (UGC) tasting is always eagerly awaited because it gives those wine investment professionals who have not been lucky enough to attend en primeur week the chance to taste what all the fuss is about. It is also usually the first chance that […]

Penfolds Grange star continues to burn bright

A reliable measure of any great fine wine is its consistency and in this respect Penfolds Grange would seem to be hitting its peak. Last year it was placed in the Liv-ex Power 100 Top Ten brands with the highest average Parker score and it looks like it will surpass that soon. The 2008 vintage […]

Room for cautious optimism for 2014 Bordeaux vintage

One of our favourite commentators at Vin-X is Gavin Quinney of Chateau Bauduc, pictured here gathering in his vintage. Besides making his own excellent wine he also writes various guest blogs for wine publications, amongst them Liv-ex, and is particularly insightful about the recent 2014 harvest throughout Bordeaux in his most recent blog. Having been […]

Cristal remains the jewel in Roederer’s crown

Why is Louis Roederer's Cristal still in high demand by both drinkers and collectors ? According to a recent article it is because like all great winemakers they realise that their meticulous approach in the vineyard will ultimately pay off in the winery. They have six estates which are all managed differently according to terroir […]

Vin-X 2014 harvest tour, final day, Chateau Mouton-Rothschild

Our final visit during the 2014 harvest was to Chateau Mouton Rothschild. The heritage and reputation of the chateaux of the world’s greatest dynasty in wine needs no introduction. Chateau Mouton-Rothschild has led the way with many innovations in the wine industry, most notably during the long reign of Baron Philippe de Rothschild from 1922 […]

Vin-X 2014 harvest tour, Day 3, Chateau d’Yquem

Can you imagine Chateau d’Yquem 2011 for breakfast? Really! Croissant and coffee is for wimps – we tasted this sublime ‘Sauternes Masterpiece’ having commenced our morning with a tour of this most beautiful estate, once owned by King Henry I.Standing at one of the highest points in Sauternes under the chestnut tree planted by French […]

Bordeaux 2013: The Trade’s View

Following last weeks’ en primeur 2013 tastings Liv-Ex has undertaken its annual survey of the international wine trade to track the consensus amongst the best professional tasters of young Bordeaux. Some of the key findings included the following:     Yquem is the wine of the 2013 vintage – this in line with our experience […]

Europe win Ryder Cup and once again they celebrate in style !

LVMH, the luxury goods brand, that own investment grade champagne brands Dom Perignon and Krug have been big supporters of the Ryder Cup and the European Tour for the last 21 years. Being a French company they must have been equally ecstatic at the European victory at Gleneagles yesterday and because the victorious team were […]

Chateau Latour has a change of heart ?

Our blog of 11th September highlighted Chateau Latour's recent re-releases at a much more affordable and realistic price than they had hitherto practised. But what has propmted this volte face ? A recent article in Decanter by Jane Anson would seem to point to the fact that Latour's decision may have been forced upon them […]