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11/07/2016 EP 2015 Sales 25% Less Than 2009 (Harpers.co.uk)

In a final report on En Primeur 2015 from fine wine trading platform Liv-ex, the company predicts that the prices seen in 2009 and 2010 are now a thing of the past.

11/07/2016 Bordeaux 2015 proves ‘halcyon days’ are over (Decanter.com) 

A very good Bordeaux 2015 vintage, if a little patchy across appellations, did inspire stronger demand among wine lovers, Liv-ex said in a new report. Sales easily beat 2014 for UK merchants.

But, sales among Liv-ex members surveyed were on average only 25% of those achieved for the 2009 vintage campaign, held in spring 2010.

‘If we have learnt anything during the 2015 campaign, it is that those halcyon days are unlikely to return any time soon,’ Liv-ex said.


 

06/06/16 Suspected death threat sent to Burgundy winemaker (Decanter.com)

French police are investigating a possible death threat sent to the home of a Burgundy wine union president, as tension in France grows over the use of pesticides in vineyards.


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06/06/16 Pichon Baron 2015: up there with 2009 and 2010 (Liv-ex Blog)

Pichon Baron 2015 has been released at €96 per bottle ex-negociant, up 45.5% on the 2014 release of €66. It is being offered by the trade at £995 per 12×75. This is 55.5% higher than the opening price of the 2014 (£640).


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06/06/16 Clos Fourtet 2015 continues today’s releases (Liv-ex Blog)

Clos Fourtet 2015 has been released at €67 per bottle ex-negociant, up 32.7% on the 2014 release of €50.5. It is being offered by the international trade at £715 per 12×75. This is 45.9% up on the merchant release price of the 2014 (£490).


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03/06/16 “Hedonistic” Clinet 2015 released (Liv-Ex Blog)

Clinet 2015 has been released at €60 per bottle ex-negociant, up 36.4% on the 2014 release price of €44. The Chateau is recommending that the wine is offered by the trade at £624 per 12×75. This is a 45.1% increase on the first offer price of the 2014 (£430).

 

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03/06/16 HAIL WREAKS HAVOC IN CHABLIS, COGNAC AND BEAUJOLAIS (The Drinks Business)

Violent hailstorms over the weekend have wreaked havoc in Chablis, Cognac and Beaujolais, with one producer describing the situation as “apocalyptic”.

 

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31/05/2016 Bordeaux estates pricing 2015 wines 19% above previous vintage (Bloomberg)

Bordeaux wine estates are marketing their 2015 vintage on average 19 percent higher than the previous year, according to a table of 20 producers from the London-based Liv-ex wine exchange.

 

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26/05/16 FIRST LOOK INSIDE BORDEAUX’S ‘GUGGENHEIM OF WINE’ (The Drinks Business)

With just days to go before its grand opening, we take a peek inside the futuristic €81m (£58m) Cité du Vin wine centre in Bordeaux, which has been dubbed the ‘Guggenheim of wine’.

 

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25/05/2016: Liv-ex Blog: Bid:offer Ratio Touches New High Since Market Low

This month the Liv-ex bid:offer ratio touched 1.76. This is the highest level it has been since May 2010 when the market was rising strongly on the back of the China-led boom. Also this month, the total value of live bids and offers on the Exchange reached a new record of £33.4 million.

25/05/2016: The Wine Doctor: Where Next?

The way Bordeaux is sold is changing, and it is going to keep on changing. Despite frequently made predictions to the contrary, en primeur isn’t going to explode, nor is it likely to disappear altogether. I should also stress that nor will it return to the way it used to be, when cases were stacked high and cheap, and we could all afford first growths, or maybe super-seconds (or at least something). I believe that the approach currently taken by the Bordelais, or at least some top châteaux, which has diminished the significance of this once-feverish buying frenzy, is set to continue for the foreseeable future.

05/05/2016: Aston Lovell Blog: AROUND THE FINE WINE INVESTMENT MARKET IN APRIL 2016

So is the fine wine investment market, after several years of losses, finally finding its feet?

 

 Whenever anyone has bought the right wine, at the right time, at the right price with the security of an immediate exit route should the market take a turn for the worst, they have always made a healthy profit.

11/04/2016 Jancis Robinson/FT: Bordeaux - which wines are worth buying en primeur?

Recent Gatwick–Bordeaux flights will have been carrying an additional burden. It is fair to assume that every one of the many wine merchants en route to taste the 2015 vintage last week had in their luggage the 100-page, half-kilo report on the bordeaux market from Liv-ex, the global b-to-b fine-wine marketplace.

15/03/2016 The Drinks Business: Latour to release 'totality' of 2000 stocks

The next releases from Latour will be the remaining stocks of the estate’s 2000 grand vin and the 2009 vintage of Les Forts de Latour, the château has revealed.

The release of the 2000 tranche represents the “totality of stock still available at the estate,” Latour said in a statement, while adding that, at 16 years old, it still had “excellent cellaring potential”.

15/03/2016 Liv-ex Blog:Bordeaux 2012, On a Roll

Bordeaux 2012 was not an immediate success on the secondary market. Between En Primeur release and this time last year – when the wines had become physical – the overall value of those within the Bordeaux 500 index had dropped by 2.6%. Trading activity was also low: the vintage had accounted for just 2.9% of Bordeaux trade.

Since becoming physical, the news has been more positive: the wines have made gains of 9.7% over one year, outperforming the Bordeaux 500 index which is up 0.7% over the same period. This means that the wines are now in positive territory – up 6.9% – since En Primeur release. Activity has also increased, with the vintage accounting for 9.5% of Bordeaux trade since February 2015.

11/03/2016 Bloomberg: Should I buy Diamonds, Wine or Picasso

You'd have thought negative interest rates would fuel a boom in diamonds, antiques and fine wine, as people look for an alternative to stuffing cash under the mattress. But you'd be wrong: prices for all three are falling.

11/03/2016 Liv-ex Blog: Talking Trade: 4th -10th March

The Liv-ex Fine Wine 50 has continued to see strong upwards momentum, reaching a fresh high this week when it hit 273.66 on Thursday – its highest level since the beginning of June 2014. In general terms, activity on the Exchange also increased with trade by value and volume up on the previous week.

11/03/2016 The Drinks Business: Left Bank continues to drive Bordeaux

Liv-ex’s Bordeaux indices are continuing to rise, especially on the Left Bank, driven by on-going demand for ‘good value’ claret.

 

02/02/2016 Liv-ex Blog: Liv-ex 100 Index gains 1.1% in January

The Liv-ex 100 gained 1.1% in January to close on 240.87. The Liv-ex Fine Wine 50 index also moved up, increasing by 1.7% over the month to close on 269.17.

01/02/2016 Bloomberg: Liv-ex fine wine 50 index rises for second straight month

The Liv-ex Fine Wine 50 Index of leading Bordeaux wines climbed in January for the second straight month, marking its first back-to-back monthly gains since June and erasing the declines of October and November.

01/02/2016 Bloomberg: Petrus ’82 fetches almost $3,000 a bottle at Sotheby’s auction

Six bottles of 1982 Petrus from the Pomerol region of Bordeaux fetched 12,338 pounds ($17,600) at a Sotheby’s wine sale in London this week, according to an e-mailed statement from the auction house.

The price, paid by an Asian bidder, fell short of the upper estimate of 15,000 pounds for the lot. Two six-bottle lots of the same estate’s 1998 and 2005 wine sold for 10,575 pounds each.

07/01/2016 The Drinks Business: Fine Wine Predictions for 2016

So what might one reasonably expect from the market in 2016? In many ways a continuation of trends seen last year which have been laid out previously here but which briefly included: a broader and more ‘normal’ secondary market back to where it was around 2004 before the Chinese bubble, the lessened importance of en primeur (to a point), the pursuit of value as much as brand, a faltering Burgundian category and the growing dominance of Pessac-Léognan over Pauillac on the Left Bank of the Gironde.

05/01/2016 Liv-ex Blog: Liv-ex 1000 gains 0.6% in 2015

The Liv-ex 1000 index – the broadest measure of the market – gained 0.3% in December to close on 245.22. This represents a 0.6% increase on 2014’s close of 243.75. The Bordeaux 500 Index gained 0.7% in December but fell 0.2% short of the previous year’s close of 238.53.

04/01/2016 Liv-ex Blog: Liv-ex 100 Index runs flat in 2015

The Liv-ex 100 gained 0.7% in December to close on 238.26, a modest increase that was not quite enough to push the index into positive territory over the year. Instead it closed 2015 flat, just 0.1% below the 2014 level of 238.50. The Liv-ex Fine Wine 50, which slid in November, climbed back to close on 264.88 but fell short of 2014’s close of 266.83 by 0.7%.

02/12/2015 Liv-ex Blog: Liv-ex 100 falls 1.5% in November

The Liv-ex 100 closed November on 236.7, a drop of 1.5% on the previous month. This is the largest month on month fall that the index has seen since June 2014 when it dropped 2.9% to close on 236.02. It would need to gain 0.8% in December to close the year in positive territory. The Liv-ex Fine Wine 50 fell 1.6%: also its sharpest decline since June 2014. To close the year up, it needs to gain 2% in December.

27/11/2015 The Drinks Business: Italian Fine Wine Climbing

Now second only to Bordeaux in terms of trade levels on the secondary market, Italy shows no signs of slowing down.

Italy leapfrogged Burgundy to become the second most traded regional group of wines on Liv-ex back in August and its monthly share of trade continues to climb.

26/11/2015 Liv-ex Blog: Italy: Storming Ahead

In August Italy overtook Burgundy to become the second most traded regional group of wines – after Bordeaux – so far in 2015. As of the end of October, its average monthly share (year to date) is 7.1%. This is a steady increase on previous years: in 2014, it represented 5.1% of activity by value. Back in 2010, it accounted for just 0.9%.

24/11/2015 Liv-ex Blog: Bordeaux, beyond the First Growths

The headline numbers for Bordeaux have been negative now for several years. The Liv-ex 50 (First Growths) is down 40% since the market’s peak; the Bordeaux 500 is down 20%; the region’s market share has fallen from 95% to 74%.

However, as the chart above shows, Bordeaux price falls since the market’s peak have not been consistent across the board.

20/11/2015 Liv-ex Blog: Talking Trade Talking Trade 13th to 19th November

Although the Liv-ex 50 continued to slide – dipping 0.5% this week – the Bordeaux First Growths saw an increased market share, taking 32.7% of all Liv-ex trade. The value and volume of total trade also rose significantly on last week. 

30/10/2015 Liv-ex Blog: Talking Trade 23rd -29th October

Unlike last week when interest was fixed on high value wines, this week traders turned their heads towards volume purchases. Indeed, total volume traded on the Exchange was up 38% on the previous week.

23/10/2015 Liv-ex Blog:Talking Trade: 16th – 22nd October

The volume of wine traded on the Exchange held steady this week – but value surged as interest turned to higher priced wines. However it was not the First Growths that were pushing ahead: they represented a relatively low 22% of all trade by value.

21/10/2015 Liv-ex Blog:Liv-ex 100: Performance by currency

After several years of decline, the industry benchmark – the Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 index - has been holding steady since July 2014, the market’s low point. Since then the index, which is calculated in Sterling, has gained 3.3%. But how does it look when viewed in other currencies?

07/10/2015 Liv-Ex Blog:Left Bank 200 leads Bordeaux 500’s gains

Since the market’s low in July 2014, the Bordeaux 500 index has gained 2.4%. All but one of its sub-indices have edged up, leaving the Sauternes 50 index out on a limb: it has continued to drift, dropping 7.2%.

02/10/2015 Liv-ex Blog:Talking Trade: 25 September - 1st October

The Liv-ex Fine Wine 50 Index gained 0.2% after holding steady in September - and Bordeaux’s weekly trade share remained above 80% for the second week in a row.

02/10/2015 Liv-ex Blog: Liv-ex 1000 gains 0.6% in September

The Liv-ex Fine Wine 1000 index – the broadest measure of the market – gained 0.6% in September to close on 246.97. The Bordeaux 500 index edged up 0.4%.

01/10/2015 Liv-ex Blog: Liv-ex 100 runs flat in September

The Liv-ex 100 Index ran flat in September, closing on 241.65 (0.00%). It is up 1.3% year to date. The Liv-ex Fine Wine 50 also ran flat, closing the month on 269.04 (-0.03%).

21/09/2015 The Drinks Business: DRC REIGNS SUPREME AT ACKER’S HK AUCTION

Demand still high for top Burgundy at Acker Merrall & Condit’s autumn sale which realized HK$37 million.

Eighteen of the 25 sale lots came from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti as over 300 guests from five cities across Asia attended Acker’s Hong Kong sale.

18/09/2015 Liv-ex Blog: Talking Trade: 11 – 17th September 

While the Liv-ex Fine Wine 50 Index ran flat, both value (+53%) and volume (+31%) traded on the Exchange were up on the previous week. Although Bordeaux’s trade share remained below 70%, activity for the First Growths increased, with the five Premier Crus accounting for 39.8% of all trade by value. 

18/09/2015 Liv-ex Blog:Haut Brion: What’s moving? 

Overall Haut Brion was shown to have climbed the most since the market’s low in July 2014, while Lafite Rothschild – the best performer during the China-led bull market – has continued to drift. But which Haut Brion vintages are leading the charge?

17/09/2015 Liv-ex Blog: Bordeaux First Growths: Haut Brion on the move 

Throughout the China-led bull market, Lafite Rothschild dominated trade on the Exchange: during one week in July 2010 the Chateau represented 48% - nearly half - of all trading activity by value. Prices were flying and in November 2010 Lafite commanded an average of a 130% premium over other First Growths in the secondary market. At that time Lafite 2008, which was released with the Chinese number eight – a symbol of good fortune – etched onto the bottle, was trading for as high as £14,450 per 12x75.

14/09/2015 Liv-ex Blog: Solaia 2012 Released

Solaia 2012 is the latest in a flurry of new releases after estates including Masseto and Opus One released last week. It is being offered by merchants at £1,272 per 12x75, placing it just below the average price of recent vintages.

14/09/2015 The Drinks Business : Bordeaux Climbing?

Bordeaux’s bid:offer ratio on Liv-ex has doubled over the last year in a sign that prices may be heading upwards again soon.The bid:offer ratio takes the total value of bids on the Liv-ex exchange divided by the total value of offers. Typically, when the bid:offer ratio moves up, prices tend to follow suit.

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