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The market for regional French wines in 2022

Recent trading activity 

Earlier this month, we noted that SassicaiaTignanellowere the two best performing Super Tuscans in the Italy 100 index. The 2019 vintages from the two estates were also in the spotlight this week, with both wines trading below Market Price.   

Screaming Eagle’s 2007 vintage likewise found then bid, alongside Château Duhart-MIlon 2020 and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti 2014. 

Clos St Hune leads trade for Alsatian wines 

It was reported yesterday (Tuesday 16th August) that Alsatian winemaker André Hugel has died aged 92. 

Alsace does not have a large secondary market footprint, not helped in that it is largely a white wine producing region in a sector that is dominated by red wines. 

So far this year Alsace represents just 0.10% of total trade on the exchange. Demand is also heavily clustered around a few wines and producers namely; Trimbach’s Clos St Hune and Frédéric Emile Riesling and Hugel’s Riesling Schoelhammer and estate and classic Rieslings. 

The top-selling vintages for these wines so far in 2022 have been the 2016, 2012 and 2017 Clos St Hune, 2007 and 1990 Frédéric Emile Riesling and 2011 Riesling Schoelhammer. 

Alsace is not alone in its small market share. French wine trade is dominated by Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne and the Rhône, which provide unenviable competition for other French regions. However, if we remove these regions, the picture is quite different. 

So far this year, the Loire has accounted for 38.5% of French trade outside of the top four regions. Alsace has accounted for 10% and there is a close balance between Beaujolais, the Languedoc and Provence, as the chart above shows. 

The remaining French trade is split between several regions including Jura, Savoie, Côtes Catalanes and Roussillon. 

This picture corresponds closely with the trend in regional French wine over the last three years which was examined earlier this year. 

Opportunities to buy French wines 

There are over 12,000 LIVE bids and offers across French wines from all regions on the exchange.  

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 600 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.