Talking Trade – rising trade and the latest releases

  • This week’s most active: Burgundy, Bordeaux and Champagne
  • Latest report: “The fine wines of Italy: past, present and future”
  • Haut Brion and La Mission Haut Brion on the marketplace now
  • Champagne offers – before the festivities
  • The latest releases from Gaja and Klein Constantia

Trade by value rose again this week, led by Bordeaux at 56.4%. However, despite the region’s market share gains, the Liv-ex 50 index, which tracks the price performance of the First Growths, dipped 0.3% on last week’s close.

The Rhone’s share improved this week, up from 1.7% to 4.1%. It was led by the 2016, 2015 and 2017 vintages. This increased activity coincided with the publication of Jeb Dunnuck’s latest regional report on the Southern Rhone: 2017&2018.

The ROW also saw a shard of light; in particular, Australia (1.5%), Spain (1.2%) and Germany (0.7%).

The best of Graves

Haut Brion and La Mission Haut Brion have a lot in common: same appellation, same owners, an enviable heritage and the high regard of critics and collectors alike. A quick look at their current Market Prices and Wine Advocate scores, however, tells a story of very different pricing and perceived value. Read the full article here. For Liv-ex members, there are also a number of live Mission Haut Brion and Haut Brion offers, available on the marketplace now.

Champagne offers – before the festivities

Champagne is the obvious choice for the festive season, as well as one of the fastest growing secondary markets. Read our update on its development over the past decade, and/or request a list of the latest regional offers including the very sought-after 2008 vintage and single bottle, rarer vintages from the 60s, 70s and 80s, here.

The fine wines of Italy: past, present and future

Italy has been an enormously important force throughout the history of wine. Yet in the fine wine market, it is France – especially Bordeaux and Burgundy – that has historically ruled the roost. Despite its long, diverse history and age-worthy wines, Italy has only really joined the wine elite in the past forty years.

Our latest detailed report examines the emergence of Italy’s top wines over recent years and their place in the market, the Italian divide between Piedmont vs Tuscany and the impact of technology on the future of Italian wine. Claim your complimentary copy here.

This week’s fine wine releases

Monday saw the UK release of Klein Constantia’s Vin de Constance 2016 at £468 per 12×50, one of the most famous sweet wines from South Africa.

Gaja Barbaresco 2016 was also released En Primeur this week: Costa Russi at £4,195 per case, and Sori Tildin and Sori San Lorenzo at £4,390/12×75. To find out more about Gaja’s performance on the fine wine market, read our Spotlight on… here, or download our special Italy report above.