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Left Bank Bordeaux’s quietly positive year

  • The Left Bank 200 sub-index rose 9.4% in 2021. 
  • Its performance was almost equal to the Second Wine 50 and better than the Right Bank 100. 
  • Calon-Ségur 2009 was the strongest price performer. 

Although the First Growths dominated Bordeaux trade last year, the wines on the Left Bank of the Grionde were also active on the secondary market. 

Of all the sub-indices in the Bordeaux 500 index, the Fine Wine 50 was by far the strongest performer in 2021, up 15.1% over the course of the year. 

The next best was the Right Bank 50 (12%), followed by the Second Wine 50 (9.7%). Very close behind that was the Left Bank 200, up 9.4%. 

The Left Bank outperforms the Right Bank over five years 

As well as coming close to matching the Second Wine 50 – one of the top-performing Bordeaux indices in recent years – the Left Bank 200 has consistently out-performed its Right Bank 100 counterpart over the last five years. It is up 16.8% whereas the Right Bank 100 is up just 8.5%.  

However, over the last three years, the Left Bank 200 is the second best-performing sub-index behind the Fine Wine 50.  

Top-performers in the Left Bank 200 

The performance of the Left Bank 200 has been driven by trade for estates like Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Château Pichon Baron, Château Calon-Ségur and Château Gruaud-Larose. 

The 2009 vintage of Calon-Ségur was the best-performing wine in the index, rising 35.3% over the course of the year. The 2016 vintage also rose 23.3%. 

The 2016, 2014 and 2011 vintages of Pichon Comtesse, 2009 Gruaud-Larose, 2011 Pichon Baron, 2013 Château Léoville las Cases and 2009 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou were other wines on the move, all rising over 20% in price. 

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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 560+ merchant members from across the globe. Together they represent the largest pool of liquidity in the world – currently £100m of bids and offers across 16,000 wines. Independent data, direct from the market.