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Quarterly Review July to September 2021

  • Fine wine saw a strong end to the third quarter as equities faltered. 
  • The Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 ended Q3 just shy of its previous record of June 2011. 
  • Lafite Rothschild was the top traded wine by value this quarter. 
  • The Burgundy 150 and Champagne 50 were the best-performing sub-indices of the Liv-ex Fine Wine 1000. 

September was a bad month for equities as the third quarter of the year drew to a close. The S&P 500 was down 4.8%, its worst month since March 2020 when the pandemic began to bite.  

Rising interest rates (signaled by a weaker bond market) stoked by inflation fears (the result of supply chain issues) coupled with concerns about China’s indebted property market spooked investors in the mainstream markets but fine wine prices, remained robust. 

Our quarterly review looks at the most traded wines in Q3, as well as the wines that achieved the biggest return on investment. It also provides a brief summary of the market in the context of ongoing macro-trends.

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