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The most in-demand wines in H1 2022

  • Bids on Liv-ex are firm commitments to buy a wine that stipulate price and quantity.
  • Burgundy dominated the list of the most in-demand wines by value, while Champagne led by number of total bids.
  • The most wanted wines in H1 2022 reinforce the increased importance of Champagne and Burgundy in the secondary market.

The most in-demand wines by number of bids

The most in-demand wines by the number of bids represents a diverse group that has seen active trade. The most traded vintage of Tignanello so far this year, the 2018, tops the rankings. The wine is currently bid at £615 per 6×75. Other Super Tuscans such as the 2018 Sassicaia and Ornellaia also feature.

Half of the top 10 wines come from Champagne. The most traded wine this year, Louis Roederer Cristal 2008, has attracted the most bids. Other Champagnes include the 2013 and 2012 vintages of Cristal, Dom Pérignon 2012 and Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2011.

The most in-demand wines by value

The list of the most in-demand wines by the value of bids (firm commitments to buy) is dominated by the best-performing region year-to-date – Burgundy. Despite ever-rising prices, the region continues to enjoy unprecedented levels of demand. Its trade share set a record weekly high in mid-June, accounting for over 38% of the market.

The small Burgundian estate Domaine d’Auvenay, part of the Leroy stable, has taken three spots with its Chevalier-Montrachet 2014, 2015 and 2007. Despite heightened interest, none of these wines have traded on Liv-ex this year. By contrast, bidders for Domaine Georges Roumier Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 2019 have found matching offers.

Unlike H1 2021, when the focus was entirely on the Bordeaux First Growths, only three wines from Bordeaux feature in the rankings and just one First Growth – Château Mouton Rothschild 2006.

The most-bid-for wine by value, however, is the Jacques Selosse Lieux-Dits Collection Assortment case. According to Antonio Galloni (Vinous), ‘Selosse’s lieu-dit Champagnes have ascended into the realm of the nearly unobtainable because of their tiny production.

Two of the lieux-dits are sold only as part of the 300 or so boxed sets that are released each year, which makes tasting all six Champagnes together virtually impossible’. The wine last sold for £4,400 per 6×75.

Jacques Selosse, Lieux-Dits Collection Assortment case trades on Liv-ex

The heavy presence of Burgundy and Champagne among the most wanted wines this year reinforces the increased importance of these regions on the secondary market.

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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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