In the sweet spot

25.05.2017 Adherents of the diversification approach to wine investment will be heartened to learn that another fine wine index is about to break out into all-time high ground. The Liv-ex 50 (very narrow) and the Liv-ex 100 (quite narrow) are both still well off their highs of June 2011. Other indices expressing price performance of […]

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Critics and Parker Points

17/05/2017 It was very gratifying last month to see Rhone lead the way in the Liv-ex 1000 after Amphora had been trumpeting the wine investment attractions of the Lala sorority recently. The Champagne sector also outperformed Bordeaux, in fact over a 12 month period Champagne is the second best performing sector behind Burgundy, fully justifying […]

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Latour and Sassicaia

25.04.2015 Over the next few weeks we will see plenty to keep us interested in respect of the 2016 vintage, indeed many of the critics have already sat in judgement. We will no longer have the pleasure of the diametrically-opposed views of Robert Parker and Jancis Robinson to gargle over, but in typically regal style […]

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En Primeur 2016

19/04/2017 Your correspondent is fresh from an hour on the phone with a journalist from Kuala Lumpur enquiring about the attractions of the fine wine investment market. Amphora has only briefly been to Malaysia on its travels but perhaps we need to be adding it to our itinerary on a more regular basis. The word […]

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Latour 2005 ex-chateau release

14.03.2017 A propos the forthcoming ex-chateau release of the next tranche of Latour 2005, the Liv-ex blog at the end of last week carried a chart of the last 10 physical Latour vintages with the conclusion that “Parker points become increasingly valuable for higher vintages”. I am not sure whether this quite gets to the […]

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Angelus and Pavie, don’t bet on luck

10.03.2017 We have mentioned in the recent past the concept of market leadership, and have had many enquiries wondering how exactly to play this. The fact is that if you take a high risk or polarised view of the market, where you are either all in or all out, or EITHER in Bordeaux OR the […]

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Ausone and Masseto

01/03/2017 I think we could fairly be accused of having a bit of a thing about Ausone. Those of the investment committee who are confessedly oenophiles first and investment gurus second wax lyrical about the incredible history of the Chateau, its place in the hierarchy of Bordeaux producers, and so on. Those who are principally […]

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Burgundy Wine Investment

14.02.17 Somewhat against tradition, far from stalling in the immediate aftermath of Chinese New Year, the Liv-ex 50 which tracks the values of the First Growths has been powering ahead, and there have been very good year-to-date rises elsewhere in Tuscany and Napa Valley. The Liv-ex has been trumpeting the activity in Burgundy over the […]

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The Road Ahead

An important thing to note about investing is that over the longer term, as short term trends are unwound, many sectors tend to polarise towards the same spot. It is a bit like going from London to Edinburgh: the start and end points may be the same, but there are many different routes you can […]

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Petrus and the Fire Rooster

We were interested to see a headline in the Evening Standard last week whose article ran rather along the lines of the UK retail sales being boosted by Chinese visitors. The statistics behind these assertions show tourist arrivals from the Middle Kingdom rising at a prodigious rate, flight bookings in January 2017 for example were […]

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Past performance and 2017 predictions

January 2017 – Past performance and 2017 predictions. Happy New Year! We have spent quite a lot of time over the last 12 months talking about the benefits of diversification in the wine investment process, which although important irrespective of the investment medium, just happens to work particularly well with fine wine. The portfolio approach […]

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Fine wine investment: Beyond Bordeaux

07.12.16 Beyond Bordeaux Over the last couple of weeks we have seen the market in index terms continue to consolidate. At times like this the leadership will tend to rotate, and sure enough the outperformers since mid-November have come from a broader front. We note that many of these are back vintages from the 80s […]

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