Recent trading activity
Bordeaux has led trade so far this week, with 40.0% of total trade by value. Some of the most active wines were the 2018 and 2020 vintages of Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Chateau Pontet-Canet 2015, Chateau Talbot 2020 and Chateau Cheval Blanc 2000.
Champagne accounted for 7.0% of total trade by value. Both 2007 vintages of Bollinger La Grande Annee Rose and Gosset Celebris Extra Brut traded at their highest ever price (excluding magnums) this week, at £1,256 and £960 per 12×75 respectively.
Louis Roederer Cristal 2015 pricing analysis
*All Cristal scores shown are the most recent Wine Advocate scores. Cristal 2015 has not yet been scored.
Ahead of Louis Roederer Cristal 2015’s UK release on the 17th of April, we review its price and consider opportunities from other vintages.
At the time of writing, Cristal 2015 had not yet been scored by any major critics.
The chart above shows prices of previous vintages compared to their latest Wine Advocate scores. If the wine were to be released at the same price as the 2014 release (£2,400 per 12×75), alternative vintages might offer better value.
The 2013 vintage, for example, was scored 98 points by William Kelley (Wine Advocate) and has a slightly lower Market Price (£2,201 per 12×75). The 2014 is also a popular choice among buyers: it was the most traded wine by value on Liv-ex in 2022 and retains that top spot year-to-date. It was awarded 96 points by William Kelley and 98 points by Jeb Dunnuck and Antonio Galloni (Vinous).
While it is not yet available in the UK, Cristal 2015 has been released in Europe; its current Market Price is £2,704. The wine also traded earlier this month for £2,200 per 12×75 (packed as 6×75).
Prices for Cristal are not closely correlated to critic scores. Instead, they follow the traditional pricing pattern for fine wine, meaning vintages appreciate in price with the passing of time. The chart below shows Cristal Market Prices in relation to vintage, illustrating this trend.
Buyers might hope that the latest release enters the market at a lower price than previous vintages. For those seeking alternatives, the following vintages are all available below £2,500 a case and might be better options to consider: 2014 (£2,390), 2013 (£2,201), 2009 (£2,420), 2007 (£2,500) and 2006 (£2,454).
There are currently over 160 live opportunities for Cristal on Liv-ex.
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 620 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.