- The Right Bank 100 rose just 6.0% in 2021.
- It offered the worst returns of the Bordeaux 500.
- La Conseillante was the best-performer overall in a strong year for Pomerol.
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The Right Bank 100 sub-index ended last year as the weakest performer in the Bordeaux 500. It rose just 6.0% overall, putting it behind the Sauternes 50 (8.3%) which usually trails the pack.
Pomerol estates perform best
The three best-performing estates in the Right Bank 100 were all from Pomerol: La Conseillante, Vieux Château Certan and L’Evangile. Angélus and Troplong Mondot were the best-performing estates from St-Emilion.
The sub-index’s poor performance in 2021 belies some strong gains among individual wines. Vieux Château Certan’s 2016, for example, rose 30.0% to £3,420 (12×75), while three vintages of La Conseillante (2010, 2009 and 2011) rose 20% or more.
Pomerol also had the two worst-performing wines: La Fleur Petrus 2015 (-10%) and L’Evangile 2016 (-9%).
The wines benefitting from uncertainty in St-Emilion
Three estates, Château Ausone, Cheval Blanc and Angélus have now announced they will not be taking part in this year’s St-Emilion classification.
As can be seen in the table above, the St-Emilion components of the Right Bank 100 experienced a positive but not especially notable year.
Angélus performed best but scarcely better than that of Troplong Mondot which also costs £2,000 less per case on average.
Of all the wines in the Right Bank 100 sub-index, the best-performing St-Emilion wine was Troplong Mondot’s 2011, which rose 19%. Clos Fourtet’s 2011 (14%) was the only other St-Emilion wine to rise by double digits.
With anticipation surrounding the upcoming 2022 classification, speculation around potential new entrants has been high. Outside of the Right Bank 100 for example, Château Figeac saw its 2016 and 2010 vintages rise 17.4% and 16.7% last year, while Château Canon’s 2016 rose 15.2%.
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