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Screaming Eagle’s Sauvignon Blanc 2018 leads holiday trade

  • In terms of monthly trade share, Burgundy overtook Bordeaux in December.
  • US wines accounted for a high of 15.5% of the market by value at the start of the new year.
  • Screaming Eagle’s Sauvignon Blanc 2018 was the most traded wine by value.

Burgundy overtakes Bordeaux in monthly trade share

Having led activity for three weeks in December, Burgundy overtook Bordeaux in terms of its monthly trade share, taking almost a third of the market by value.

As outlined in the end of year report, Burgundy’s trade share climbed to an all-time high in 2021. It accounted for 22% of the market overall, while Bordeaux’s dipped to an annual low of 37.7%.

The holiday period particularly benefitted the USA, which more than tripled its share on the previous week. The main sub-regions that generated secondary market activity were Napa Valley at 80.9% and Sta. Rita Hills at 16.5%.

The Rhône and Piedmont also made small gains, rising to 5.7% and 8.8% respectively.

An American white wine leads holiday activity

Over the past two weeks, American wines dominated the top five most traded by value, with Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 and Opus One 2017 changing hands.

An American white wine, however, topped the list as the new year began – Screaming Eagle Sauvignon Blanc 2018.

The broadening of buying interest has meant that the secondary market for white wine is growing and is no longer represented by just Burgundian Chardonnay. 2021 saw an expansion of white wine trade from the USA, Germany, Italy, Loire and the Rhône. White wines accounted for 14.6% of the market by value last year; rosé took 1.5%, and the rest was red.

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