Category Archives: Wine Investment

Is Bordeaux en primeur still relevant in 2014?

By common consent the 2013 Bordeaux vintage has been far from their best, yet they still made reasonable wine thanks to modern winemaking technology. However the Bordelais have shot themselves in the foot because of their mishandling of their en primeur campaign. En Primeur is a French wine trade term for wine sold as a […]

Luxury brands battle for soul of en primeur?

Is it a coincidence that Yquem, owned by LVMH, decided on Monday to mimic Latour, also owned by another luxury brand, Kering and not release their wine during en primeur season? For the 3rd year in a row no new vintage of Yquem will be released during the traditional en primeur season. Latour famously withdrew […]

Liv-ex founder believes market now in better shape

Trade magazine, Harpers, interviewed Liv-ex director, Justin Gibbs, this month wherein he acknowledged the fact that the en primeur system has priced out average collectors and investors over the past few years. The original rationale of en primeur pricing by the chateaux was to reward the payment for wine two years in advance of receipt […]

Kampai! M&S becomes first European supermarket to stock Japanese wine

Marks and Spencer have become the first European supermarket to stock wine from Japan, specifically the Yamanashi region near Mount Fuji. The wine, called Sol Lucet and produced by Kurambon, is made with Japan’s native Koshu grape, and will be released to M&S with its own special bottle and label. Is this further evidence of […]

American buyers refocus on Bordeaux at Sotheby’s NY auction this week

Duncan Sterling, head of New York Wine Auctions at Sotheby’s said: “North America reasserted itself in the auction market today accounting for 15 out of the top 20 buyers in our sale. This, coupled with continued demand from Brazil and Mexico drove the sale total comfortably over the high estimate”. The auction highlights included top […]

Why you need a fine wine broker and not en primeur

The Bordeaux 2013 campaign has been a perfect example of why a fine wine broker makes more sense than buying en primeur in an off-vintage. As evinced by the Drinks Business article on the release of the Haut-Brion range of wines it is commendable on the face of it that they have cut their prices […]

LVMH continues with heavy investment in wine industry

In a continuation of the strategy which has led to the acquisition of Château d’Yquem and Dom Perignon, luxury goods giant LVMH have added 8.66 hectares of Clos de Lambrays, one of the largest grand cru vineyards in Burgundy’s Cote de Nuits region. The company’s continued expansion into wine is clear evidence of a wider […]

Congratulations to Curtis Davies!

Peter and the team at Vin-X wish to extend our congratulations to wine collector and Vin-X client Curtis Davies. Curtis led his team, Hull City AFC, to the first FA Cup Final of their 110 year history. Curtis, we hear you gave the hairdryer treatment at half time, which we believed after the first half […]

New World Fine Wine surges ahead

Liv-ex, the fine wine market's premier exchange, has a number of indices to measure performance and the broadest of these is the Liv-ex 1000 which is composed of a number of sub indices. It would seem that since the market peak in May 2011 the best performer has been the humble Rest of the World […]

Emirates invests $500 million in fine wine

Probably the world’s most successful modern airline brand, Dubai-based Emirates, has announced this week that it has invested over US$500 million in fine wine over the last decade. Following an investment strategy which includes en primeur purchases, Emirates claims to hold 1.2million bottles in their own cellars in Burgundy where they are held for at […]