Many En Primeur Returns

16.08.17 One of the great principles for investment of any kind, and fine wine investment is no exception, is to constantly question what you think you know. Many investors get blind-sided by beliefs which are actually erroneous. How people come by their views varies enormously, obviously, but time moves on and as it does so, […]

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Post Kahuna Lacuna?

09.08.17 There is a debate ongoing about the impact of Robert Parker’s retirement on fine wine prices: will Neal Martin ever hold the same influence as the great Kahuna? It is time, perhaps, to do a little bit of analysis on the impact of Wine Advocate opinion on wine price movement. Anecdotally, fine wine investors […]

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The wonderful thing about Tigger

02.08.17 One of the great things about having the Amphora proprietary algorithm is that it not only highlights relative value across individual producer vintages, but across particular sectors and indeed the whole market. When we are assembling a wine investment portfolio from scratch we first of all work out the sectoral weightings in accordance with […]

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Its only human nature after all

26.07.17 We receive quite a lot of feedback to these weekly market reports most of which is complimentary but there are occasional criticisms and even the odd insult which always seems a peculiar way to respond to people who are trying to help. Let us therefore be very clear: at Amphora we are not desperate […]

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Model Portfolio 6 months performance

18.07.17 At the start of the year we offered up a model portfolio for general consumption and promised to keep readers in touch with its progress. We have arrived at the half way stage for the year and there are several things to point out. Overall the portfolio is up 8.24%. This compares creditably with […]

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A Nap Selection

12/07/17 Back in December last year Amphora recommended that investors pick up Dominus 2009, and over the period it has risen a tidy 20%, a healthy return in most people’s language. Of late the focus has necessarily been on Bordeaux, what with the En Primeur campaign and so on. Time now perhaps to remind ourselves […]

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Risk and Petrus

04/07/17 Further to last week’s article we are fielding a lot of questions in respect of risk, so it is probably worth while spending a little more time on the subject. The bottom line is that all investment considerations revolve to some degree around the concept of risk. The fact of life is that it […]

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The fine wine guarantee?

28.06.17 As regular readers will know we at Amphora Portfolio Management have been banging the fine wine investment drum for some time in India, and it is with interest this week therefore that we see the wisdom of this highlighted in the Indian Economic Times. Their Alternative Investments Monitor looks at Diamonds, Precious Metals, Fine […]

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More of the same? Perhaps not..

20/06/17 Now that the En Primeur season is behind us it is interesting to reflect that many commentators are talking as though it has been something of a failure. At Amphora we beg to differ. A campaign is a failure if it fails to find a pulse in the underlying market. Previous campaigns have been, […]

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Château Canon’s climb

14/06/17 It is widely accepted that Rauzan Segla is not a wine to be drunk in its youth. “Allowing the wine time to develop the complexity, aromas and silky textures that comes with cellaring is the best way to enjoy the wines of Rauzan Segla.” (The Cellar Insider). It is interesting to note, therefore, that […]

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En Primeur through the woods

06/06/2017 It has taken a while for 2012 to recover from its En Primeur inspired hangover but a lot of wines from that vintage have shown a decent leg lately, sufficient for Amphora to be fielding plenty of queries as to whether or not there are still bargains around from that year. To briefly recap, […]

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Pavie tilting at windmills

30/05/2017 The En Primeur season is a great time not only for wine investors to snap up such new issue treats as may arise, but also to take stock of bottled bargains from earlier vintages. We have talked in recent weeks about the quixotic approach some producers take to pricing their stock, but ultimately it […]

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