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How have the 2011 First Growths performed since release?

  • Lafite Rothschild is the best-performing and most traded 2011 First Growth.
  • Latour 2011 – the last En Primeur offering from the Château – remains available below release.
  • However, Latour 2011 wine last traded at a record high of £5,000 per 12×75.

Following on from this week’s coverage of the 2011 Left and Right Bank wines, today we take a look at the performance of the 2011 First Growths since release.

At the recent ten years on tastings, Latour 2011 came out on top as Jancis Robinson MW’s highest-scoring wine of the vintage. However, it is the only First Growth that remains available (-0.2%) below its release price.

By comparison, all of the other 2011 First Growths have risen in value since release. The best performer has been Lafite Rothschild, up 35.4%, followed by Mouton Rothschild (17.2%), Margaux (11.7%) and Haut Brion (2.8%).

First Growth price performance since release

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Latour 2011 trades at an all-time high

The 2011 was the last En Primeur offering from Château Latour, which opted out of the system after the campaign. Latour released 2,000 cases of ex-château stock of its 2011 vintage in September 2019, and its Market Price has climbed 6.6% since.

Most recently, the wine set a new trading record. It last traded for £5,000 per 12×75 case in September this year – an all-time high.

Latour 2011 trades on Liv-ex

Lafite leads price performance and trading activity

Like the price performance category, Lafite Rothschild has also led trade by value over the past decade. The second-most active has been Mouton, followed by Latour, Margaux and Haut-Brion.

Together the First Growths have accounted for 30.5% of 2011 trade since release. In the last decade, the 2011 vintage has been the sixth most traded Bordeaux vintage by volume and ninth by value.

As examined in this week’s series of posts, the 2011s still hold appeal. Many of the wines have rewarded patient collectors with steady price returns – between 50% and 300% – while others continue to offer bottle age, quality, and good value for money today.

Liv-ex members on Silver+ packages can read a more detailed overview of the 2011 vintage in the November Market Report.

Liv-ex analysis is drawn from the world’s most comprehensive database of fine wine prices. The data reflects the real time activity of Liv-ex’s 530+ merchant members from across the globe. Together they represent the largest pool of liquidity in the world – currently £80m of bids and offers across 16,000 wines. Independent data, direct from the market.

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