A difference of opinion

14.06.18  –  Fine Wine Investment  – It has been the Amphora modus operandi to select for portfolios wines which date principally from around 1996, due to the crucial requirement for a ready secondary market. Recent events have made us re-examine this because the spate of activity in older wines referred to in recent notes has […]

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Back in the 90s…

06.06.2018  – Fine Wine Investment – Okay I’ll fess up at the outset: I own a Cheval Blanc 1998, so it is with elevated interest that I noticed Lisa Perrotti-Brown’s recent retrospective into that vintage. My interest is not just personal, of course, because its consequences, if any, will help develop the narrative about the […]

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Old wine, less liquid?

31.05.18 – Fine Wine Investment The most interesting feature of the fine wine market at present, as we continue our wait for more significant 2017 en primeur releases, is action at the opposite end of the chronological scale. There has been a distinct hoovering up of a series of 1980s First Growths and equivalent, and […]

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Value in the 2014’s

24.05.18  –  Fine Wine Investment Back in November we highlighted several Bordeaux wines from 2014 as well worth a second look, and because the market has been consolidating over this time, some of these bargains are still around. One of the questions that came back to us last time focussed on the prior outperformance of […]

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Tip-toeing through Bourgogne

24.04.18 – Wine Investment – It is tempting when you see the headlines to think that investing in Burgundy is a pretty easy way to make a few bob, but it rather reminds us of the old adage: “them that has, gets”. Undeniably the best way to have made a fortune over the years has […]

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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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