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Diversity drives the Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 index in March

  • The Liv-ex 100 index rose 0.7% in March.
  • The top-performing wines came from a variety of regions.
  • Domaine Jean Louis Chave Hermitage Rouge was the month’s best performing label, up 15.6%.

*made with the Liv-ex Charting tool.

The Liv-ex 100 index rose 0.7% in March to close at 404.02 – an improvement on its February increase of 0.4%, which was the smallest since the start of bull run.

The index has risen 2.9% over the past quarter, combatting slowing GDP growth, high inflation and increased volatility in mainstream markets.

As explained in our annual market report, diversity is the fine wine market’s real underlying strength now. The market is no longer heavily reliant on a single brand or region for its growth. This became evident again in March, as the five top-performing wines came from four different regions.

Meanwhile, 20% more unique wines (LWIN11) traded month-on-month. Total trade value also rose by 21.5%.

March’s biggest risers

Domaine Jean Louis Chave Hermitage 2017 was the month’s best performer – up 15.6%. Another wine from the Rhône also entered the top five – Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle 2018, with a 7.4% increase.

From California, Screaming Eagle’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 was the top-performer, up 10.4%. The brand recently made news with its 2006 vintage, which traded at an all-time high last week.

Italy was represented by Bartolo Mascarello Barolo 2016 (9.7%), which boasts 100-points from The Wine Advocate’s Monica Larner.

From Champagne, the actively traded Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé 2012 saw its price rise 8.1%.

Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé 2012 trades on Liv-ex

What is the Liv-ex 100 index?

The Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 Index is the industry leading benchmark. It represents the price movement of 100 of the most sought-after fine wines on the world’s most active and liquid marketplace from France, Italy, USA, Australia and Spain. Stretching back over 20 years, the Liv-ex 100 is quoted on Bloomberg and Reuters screens.

All Liv-ex indices are calculated using our Mid Price; the mid-point between the highest live bid and lowest live offer on the market. These are the firm commitments to buy and sell at that price; transactional data rather than list prices. It represents the actual trading activity of 600 of the world’s leading fine wine merchants. Because Liv-ex doesn’t itself trade, this data is truly independent and reliable.

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