The industry benchmark Liv-ex 100 Index gained 0.5% in May to close on 313.07. The index lagged in the first quarter but has now posted gains for two consecutive months. As today’s Talking Trade post highlighted, secondary market activity did not slow down last month despite (or perhaps because of) the Bordeaux En Primeur campaign.
Top risers and fallers are split across a number of different regions, with the 100-point (RP) Screaming Eagle 2013 taking the top spot. Other vintages from the estate, including the younger 2015, have also seen significant price increases recently.
Lafite Rothschild 2000, which has divided opinion among critics, was Bordeaux’s only representative in the top five. It carries 100-point scores from James Suckling and was scored 100 by Robert Parker at one point, before being ‘downgraded’ to 98+. Neal Martin scored it 94+.
Montrose 2010 has taken something of a tumble recently. Despite its 100-point score from Robert Parker, equal to the 2009, the wine has always been cheaper than its older sibling. In May, it was the biggest faller in the Liv-ex 100. Neal Martin retasted both wines last year, awarding 99 points to the 2010 and a lower 98 points to the 2009. The latter has seen little price movement in 2018.