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Almaviva 2020 released

  • Almaviva 2020 has been released for £1,440 per case.
  • The wine has a score of 96-points from The Wine Advocate’s Luis Gutiérrez.
  • The 2016 and 2019 look good value among back vintages.

As part of this autumn’s La Place de Bordeaux campaign, the 2020 vintage of Almaviva has been released at €116 per bottle ex-négociant, up 10.5% on the 2019’s opening price (€105).

It is being offered by the international trade for £1,440 per 12×75. The 2016 and 2019 vintages present alternatives for buyers. See more pricing analysis below.

Critical response

The Wine Advocate’s Luis Gutiérrez awarded the 2020 Almaviva a score of 96-points. He explained that ‘2020 was exceptionally dry, with 75% less rain than usual in the period between May and September, which resulted in an earlier harvest to produce a 2020 Almaviva with 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Carmenère (from Peumo), 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, so with no Merlot this time’.

James Suckling gave it 98-points and described it as, ‘voluptuous and flattering on the palate, hallmarked by its tension and taut texture’.

Meanwhile, Jane Anson gave it 95-points. She wrote in her tasting note: ‘Now one of the old hands on the Place de Bordeaux and still setting the pace; full of complexity and pleasure, with an embrace of blueberry and raspberry fruits’.

Fair value

The price of the new release is positioned in line with the current Market Price of the 2018, which carries the same critic score.

As the chart below shows, prices for Almaviva show 69% correlation to age. Buyers might wish to look back at the 2016 and 2019 vintages, which received 95+ points, and are available at 4.2% and 12.6% discounts respectively.

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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 600 merchant members from across the globe. Together they represent the largest pool of liquidity in the world – currently £80m of bids and offers across 16,000 wines. Independent data, direct from the market.