2018 en primeur

13.06.19  – Fine Wine Investment  – There’s been a fair amount of comment on the movement in the gold price recently, in so far as it has bounced quite sharply off £1,275 and has paused (either to retreat or advance?) at around £1,340. This is customarily considered to reflect a panic move into “safe” assets, […]

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What fresh lunacy is this?

07.06.19  –  Fine Wine Investment  – Five years or so ago the official autobiography of hell-raiser Oliver Reed was published under the above title, and every year at this time it strikes us as an appropriate comment on the pricing fine wine producers think appropriate for their en primeur releases. It is almost as if […]

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The Darling Buds of May

30.05.19  –  Fine Wine Investment  – Well there’s been precious little sign of them as far as the fine wine market is concerned, indices limping along listlessly awaiting direction from an as yet uncooperative en primeur campaign. It does sometimes feel like Groundhog Day, each issue desperately examined, usually without success, for some evidence of […]

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What would Monty do?

22.05.19  – Fine Wine Investment  – One of the complaints we hear from a lot of fine wine investors arriving at Amphora’s door for the first time is that they are always told what to buy but never told when to sell. We are sympathetic both to the investor’s position and, you may be surprised […]

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Blink and you’ll miss it

16.05.19  – Fine Wine Investment  – At a presentation on global investments recently the speaker posed this question of the audience: “who looks every day at what is going on in world stockmarkets?” A fair number of hands was raised. “Well do yourselves a favour”, he said. “Don’t!” His point was that there is an […]

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Cheval Blanc

08.05.2019  –  Fine Wine Investment  – We have written in the past about how cheap Pavie seems to be, relative to Angelus, and before offering an update on that situation it is interesting to note that Pavie has been knocked off its “best value in St Emilion” perch: by Cheval Blanc, no less. One of […]

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When the world seems to shine like you’ve had too much wine Antinori

25.04.19  –  Fine wine investment  – One of the areas of performance that has seemed unusual to us at Amphora year-to-date has been the Italian sub-index quotient of the Liv-ex 1000. This comprises the better known, and traded, Super Tuscans from Masseto, Sassicaia, Ornellaia, Solaia and Tignanello; the rather less liquid Antinori Guado Al Tasso […]

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Calm conditions

23.04.2019  – Fine wine investment – You could be forgiven for thinking that the fine wine market has quite gone to sleep this year, so marginal do the index movements seem to be. It is unusual for us to be awaiting the en primeur campaign with such great excitement, but something is needed to stimulate […]

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Treading wine

21.03.2019  – Fine Wine Investment  – There has been a fair amount of comment about the inactivity in the fine wine market over the last few weeks, indeed even the high-flying Burgundy sub-index is off around 4% since the end of November, but to our way of thinking this is perfectly understandable. Amphora has never […]

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Good in the end

14.03.2019  –  Fine Wine Investment  – It’s quite surprising given how often we talk and write about diversification that as a concept it still seems difficult for some people to grasp, so if you have already mastered this important aspect of investment theory please feel free to skip this note. Perhaps it reflects how relatively […]

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From where you stand

07.09.2019  – Fine Wine Investment – There has been much comment in recent days about the 2009 vintage which, would you know it, has reached its 10th anniversary. Most observations are a reminder of how fabulous the vintage is and how euphoric most critics were when it went into barrel, and how prices have fared […]

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Secondary thoughts

28.02.2019  –  Fine Wine Investment  – Our recent explorations into the wider reaches of the market, with particular reference to Burgundy, have given rise to a lot of enquiries about whether there is any secondary market light at the end of the tunnel for a vast range of esoteric wines that unsuspecting people have been […]

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