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Bordeaux’s weekly trade share rises above 40% for the first time this year

  • Bordeaux’s weekly trade share rose to 42.9%, its highest level year-to-date.  
  • Tuscany and the USA also increased their share of the market from last week. 
  • Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 was the top traded wine by value. 

Regional share this week 

Bordeaux’s weekly trade share by value surpassed 40% for the first time in 2022, driven by the critically acclaimed 2019 vintage 

As explored earlier this week, trade for the vintage has been high and wide-ranging. Year-to-date, 67 Bordeaux 2019s have changed hands on the secondary market – ranging from £90 per 12×75 (Thieuley Blanc Sec 2019) to £13,916 per case (Lafleur 2019). The most active wine this week was Château d’Armailhac, which last traded at a new high of £406 per 12×75, up 9.1% on its release price. 

Tuscany and the USA were the only other regions to make gains, taking 8.8% and 7.5% of the market respectively. They also filled some of the prime spots in this week’s most traded wines.  

This week’s most traded 

Scarecrow 2019, awarded 100-points by Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW when writing for The Wine Advocate, led weekly trade by value.  

In her tasting note, Perrotti-Brown called the wine ‘pure magic’, adding that the J.J. Cohn vineyard where the Scarecrow grapes are grown includes vines planted in 1945. Magnums of the wine have also traded at a 44.7% premium to regular bottles this week, with the last magnum trade being at £2,025 (1×150). 

From Bordeaux, Château Angélus 2014 and Château Mouton Rothschild 2016 enjoyed increased demand. The 2016 Mouton Rothschild boasts 100-points from various critics, including Perrotti-Brown, Jeb Dunnuck, James Suckling, Antonio Galloni (Vinous) and Jean-Marc Quarin. The wine’s last trade price represents a 22.3% increase on release. 

Mouton Rothschild 2016 trades on Liv-ex 

Meanwhile, the leading names from Tuscany were Sassicaia 2018 and Tua Rita 2019. Year-to-date, 2018 is the most traded Sassicaia vintage.  

Weekly recap 

As En Primeur tastings of Bordeaux 2021 draw to a close, Jean-Marc Quarin has released his first impressions of this heterogeneous vintage. Our post on his top-scoring wines marked the start of our Bordeaux 2021 critic scores coverage. 

We also looked at the most expensive white wines trading on the secondary market. Liv-ex members received further analysis on the top-scoring Rhône 2015 wines and the 100-point Bordeaux 2019 wines. 

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 575+ 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. 

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