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The best performing wines in H1 2022

  • Prices across all regions rose in the first half of 2022, but at a slower rate than in the second half of last year.
  • The list of the best performers is dominated by Burgundy and Champagne, with additions from Tuscany, Piedmont and Bordeaux.
  • Domaine Leflaive Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet 2018 is the best-performing wine in the first half of the year, up 45.2%.

Demand for Burgundy and Champagne pushes prices

The list of the best-performing wines in the first half of the year is dominated by wines from Burgundy and Champagne, which make up seven out of the top 10 spots. The two regions have enjoyed the biggest increase in buying demand, which in turn has pushed prices. As examined in the July Market Report, their market share has broken records year-to-date, with Burgundy accounting for 25.1% and 11.4% for Champagne.

In the first half of the year, the indices that track their price performance went up more than in H1 2021 but less than in H2. Within the Liv-ex 1000 index, the Burgundy 150 has ruled the roost, with a 23.9% rise, followed by the Champagne 50, up 12.5%. Prices have risen across all fine wine regions.

*made with the Liv-ex Charting tool.

Domaine Leflaive Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet 2018 leads price performance in H1

*from the Liv-ex 100 index

Domaine Leflaive Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet 2018 has topped the rankings, up 45.2% in the last six months.

Prices for 2018 Burgundy have risen across the board, as the vintage is the second-most traded (after 2019) by both value and volume. Other 2018 Burgundies in the top 10 include Bouchard Père et Fils Montrachet (26.4%) and Domaine Armand Rousseau Chambertin-Clos de Bèze (14.3%).

Champagne also features heavily in the rankings, with three actively traded wines – Bollinger La Grande La Grande Année 2012, Louis Roederer Cristal 2013 and Krug 2008 – up between 12% and 19%.

Krug 2008 trades on Liv-ex

The rest of the top-performers were the Super Tuscan Ornellaia 2018 (22.0%), Bartolo Mascarello Barolo 2016 (18.9%) and Pétrus 2016 (15.1%).

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 580+ 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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