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Fine wine prices rise 0.7% for the third month in a row

  • The Liv-ex 100 index rose 0.7% in May for the third month in a row.
  • Burgundy, the Rhône and Bordeaux labels made the biggest rises.
  • Domaine de La Romanée-Conti Richebourg 2017 was the top price performer in May.

*made with the Liv-ex Charting tool.

The Liv-ex 100 index closed May at 409.69, rising just 0.7%. This is the same increase as the past two months.

Year-to-date, the index is up 4.4%. While prices have been trending upwards, their cautious moves reflect the current economic landscape and the narrowing focus of buyers. In May, the top price performers all come for France.   

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti leads the Liv-ex 100 in May

Grand Cru Burgundy, and high-end wines from the Rhône and Bordeaux made up the list of May’s biggest risers.

Domaine de La Romanée-Conti Richebourg Grand Cru 2017 was the top price performer, up 13.9%.

Bouchard Père et Fils Montrachet Grand Cru 2018, which took the second spot with an 18.7% rise last month, entered the rankings once again with a more modest 5.7% increase. The wine set an all-time trading record on Liv-ex last month when it sold for £6,000 per 12×75.

Bouchard Père et Fils Montrachet Grand Cru 2018 trades on Liv-ex

From Bordeaux, Château Lafleur 2018 rose the most – 5.3%. As examined recently, the 2018 is among the most expensive Lafleur vintages on the market today.

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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