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Which wines have driven the Liv-ex 1000 to an all-time high in 2021?

  • The Liv-ex 1000 index sits at a record level having risen 16.5% over the year.
  • The top 10 best-performing wines are up between 62% and 80% in value during this time.
  • Burgundy dominates the list of risers, but a Champagne tops it.

The Liv-ex 1000 hits a new high in 2021

The broadest measure of the fine wine market, the Liv-ex 1000 index, has continued to reach record highs in 2021.
Year-to-date, the index is up 16.5% thanks to positive gains across all its sub-indices. The best-performing have been the Champagne 50 (33.8%), Burgundy 150 (27.2%) and the Rest of the World 60 (19.0%).
The top 10 wines in the Liv-ex 1000 index reflect the trend of rising prices for Burgundy and Champagne in particular.

Burgundy dominates the biggest risers

Burgundy dominates the 10 biggest price risers from the Liv-ex 1000 index this year, with six wines in total.
Domaine Armand Rousseau, Chambertin Grand Cru 2012 is the second-best performing wine, and the top performer from the region, up 73.7%.
Domaine Georges Roumier, Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 2013 follows, with a 69.1% rise.

Salon 2002 is the price performer of the year

While Burgundy’s presence is most pronounced in the list, it is a Champagne that tops it.
Salon, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger Grand Cru 2002 has been the best-performing wine in 2021. It has risen 80.2% in value over the last 11 months. Moreover, the wine broke its own trading records this month when it sold at an all-time high of £10,400 per 12×75.
Salon 2002 trades on Liv-ex

Big risers from Italy and the Rhône

The Italy 100 and the Rhone 100 have been the slowest rising Liv-ex 1000 sub-indices in 2021. They have underperformed the broader market but are still up 11.5% and 12.5% respectively.
However, two wines from these regions have been among the 10 biggest drivers behind the Liv-ex 1000.
The Rhône’s Domaine Jean Louis Chave, Hermitage 2008 has risen 66.4% in 2021 and has been the fifth best-performing wine year-to-date.
Meanwhile, with an increase of 64.4%, Gaja Barbaresco 2010 has taken seventh place and led the way for Italy.
The annual performance of the Liv-ex 1000 component wines can be found on the Indices Explorer.

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.