In search of the Burgomeister

18.04.2018 – Wine Investment – One of the accepted wisdoms over the last couple of years holds that the fine wine market went up as Sterling went down, and it is difficult to argue against some degree of correlation. Fine wine prices in the secondary market are denominated in Sterling, so as the currency weakens […]

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May the Forts be with you

10.04.2018  – Wine Investment – The series of articles depicting the performance since the market rallied at the end of November 2015 of wines both favoured and otherwise by the algorithm has proved very popular, and before moving on to other things this week we will answer a question that has come up regularly, concerning […]

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Three is the Magic Number

29.03.18 – Wine Investment – Thanks to everyone who responded with such interest to last week’s note. In response to many requests we will over the next couple of notes analyse the performance of key market sectors following the same process: how did the top 3 algorithm picks perform against the bottom 3 since the […]

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Know your quarry!

It is of great interest to us at Amphora that not only do certain noisy people deride Fine Wine as an investment asset class, but others seem happy to participate without doing what they would do if they make any other material financial outlay; find out a bit about the market and how it operates […]

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Hong Kong Phooey?

15.01.18 – Wine Investment – Well well well. It seems there’s nothing rubs people up the wrong way like a wine critic. The opprobrium heaped on names like Robert Parker and James Suckling is nobody’s business. You’d think they spent all their time voiding their rheum, as it were, through their car window at other […]

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Canon’s critical conundrum

08.03.18 – Fine Wine Investment – Thanks to everyone for the feedback to last week’s “Magnificent Seven” note. The consensus view seems to be that we may well go through a phase where the average critics’ score is the guiding principle for a while, and certainly until evidence manifests itself to the contrary that is […]

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The magnificent seven

01.03.18 – Fine Wine Investment – Much to the chagrin of those who think that fine wine is a drink not an investment, there is always a lot going on in the market place, but there are occasions when the interests of consumers and investors do coincide. En primeur is one such time, as is […]

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Stop: correlate and listen

21.02.18 – Wine investment – It is always interesting when stock markets have a wobbler, even if it is uncomfortable at the time. The fact is that the closer you are to the action, the worse everything seems to be. Most people remain blissfully ignorant of equity and bond market gyrations, even though through pension […]

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Top investment wines

14.02.18 – Wine Investment – We would like to thank everyone who responded so positively to last week’s article which highlighted what the algorithm brings to the party. All such new enquiries are most welcome. We had queries asking which regions the algorithm most favoured, which vintages, and more specifically how best to use it […]

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La Mission Haut Brion 2000

La Mission Haut Brion appears to be on something of a, well, mission. This legendary estate always sat in rather lonely territory, the defacto “sixth First Growth”, having been left out of the 1855 classifications. It nonetheless enjoyed similar levels of desirability, reputation and indeed price as the Big 5. For many decades, centuries perhaps, […]

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Back-testing the algorithm

06.02.18 – Wine Investment – Regular readers will know that we constantly bang on about the Amphora proprietary algorithm, and as we are about to illustrate, with good reason. For the purposes of this note we will assume that everyone knows what the algorithm is all about, what it aims to achieve, and so on, […]

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There’s something about Margaux

25.01.18 – Wine Investment – Every so often, in the staid old world of fine wine production, someone wakes up with a start. “I know,” they say. “Let’s put it in a different bottle this year.” Of course the unusual thing about Mouton is that they have a different label every year, and it is […]

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