Category Archives: Wine Investment

First Growth prices rise 700% in 25 years

What price quality ? In Bordeaux it would seem that the reason that the release prices for the First Growths increased by 703% between 1986 and 2012 is that they have been able to invest in quality. At least this is the view of Christian Seely, MD of AXA, who own Pichon-Baron who states that […]

Hidden Lafite gems

What a difference a few years makes! In 2011 Chateau Lafite bestrode the fine wine market like a colossus in no short thanks to the power of its brand and its demand in China. Even its 2nd wine, Carruades de Lafite, bathed in its glory and hung on to its coat tails fetching prices higher than […]

Non-First Growths show value in 2009

2009 is reckoned by the pre-eminent wine critic of our time, Robert Parker, to be “…the greatest Bordeaux vintage I have ever tasted” and he has tasted a few going back to the 1970’s ! He scored no fewer than 19 wines with the perfect 100 point score and anointed 20 chateaux as part of […]

Vega Sicilia celebrates 150 year anniversary

Vega Sicilia, considered the ‘Lafite of Spain’, had its 150th anniversary toasted by owner, Pablo Alvarez, with some of the wine world’s most noted personalities and celebrities including Hollywood’s Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn, Matt Bellamy of Muse and his wife Kate Hudson, daughter of Goldie. Other party-goers from the fine wine world included Pierre Lurton […]

World’s foremost wine critic justifies his 100 point system

Wine, like art and music, is subjective. My wife likes sauvignon blanc whilst I prefer chardonnay. How then is it possible to rate a fine wine out of 100? In a recent interview Robert Parker, the world’s most influential wine critic, who devised his 100 point rating system in the 1970’s describes himself as just […]

2013 Open Winner Mickelson drank $40,000 DRC from Claret Jug trophy

On the eve of the 143rd Open Championship to take place at Royal Liverpool, Phil Mickelson recalls his enjoyment of last year’s win. The Claret Jug trophy has been put to excellent use in the past year as Mickelson drank a bottle of $40,000 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti straight from it. Quoted as the ‘consummate […]

US Bordeaux auction underlines market recovery

Hart Davis Hart, one of the leading fine wine auctioneers in the USA, hailed a Bordeaux only auction in Chicago last week as a roaring success after selling all its lots and raising over $5 million in the process. Their decision was vindicated and serves as a reminder of Bordeaux's ongoing revival and the surge […]

Expert claims Thailand has larger fine wine market than China

Highly respected wine critic James Suckling made an interesting assertion last week during his Great Wines of the World conference at the Four Seasons hotel in Hong Kong. His belief is that Thailand has greater potential than China as a wine market because it has a larger fine wine drinking population. Despite the punitive tax […]

Cult Californian cabernets dominate New York auction

A recent auction at Wally's in New York highlighted the new attention being paid to California's highly prized clutch of superstar Cabernet Sauvignons. The sale consisted of the cream of the global fine wine trade with top wines from Champagne, Burgundy, Italy, Bordeaux, Spain, Australia, Germany and even Hungary. Some rare spirits, bourbon and vintage […]