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Champagne sees spike in activity with three wines leading trade

Every Friday, we take a look at activity on the fine wine market in our weekly ‘Talking Trade’ post. Highlights from the past week include:   

  • Champagne saw a spike in trade while Bordeaux’s trade share remained the same week-on-week. 
  • Three vintages of Champagne were among the most active wines this week.
  • Liv-ex has published analysis of opportunities to be found in Lafleur, Château Climens and Château Batailley back vintages.   

Regional trade in the past week 

Graph showing the breakdown of regional share of trade by value

Bordeaux has maintained its position as the leading contributor to weekly trade, accounting for 40.1% of total trade by value, the same as the previous week. This is potentially explained by the informal hold on En Primeur releases as the trade returned from Vinexpo in Singapore. As releases resume, it will be interesting to observe if the region experiences an increase in trading activity. Despite the slight dip, Bordeaux still held nearly double the trade share of Burgundy, which declined from 29.9% to 21.6%. 

Champagne witnessed the most significant surge in trade share, rising from 6.2% to 12.2% this week with labels such as Dom Pérignon 2008 and 2013 among the most traded wines by value this week. See more below. 

The Rhône also experienced a notable boost in its trade share, climbing from 1.4% last week to 4% this week. Tuscany, Piedmont, and the ‘Others’ category all saw their trade shares go up. On the other hand, the USA experienced a decrease in trade share from 12.2% to 2.5%. 

Table showing the breakdown of regional share of trade by value

This week’s top-traded wines 

Table showing the Liv-ex top 5 wines traded by value

As seen in the table above and Regional chart, three of the most active wines this week were from the Champagne region: Armand de Brignac, Ace of Spades Brut Gold NV, Dom Perignon 2008 and Dom Perignon 2013

The top-traded wine was Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Romanée-Conti Grand Cru 2009, which received a score of 98 points from Antonio Galloni (Vinous). Domaine de la Romanée-Conti in general was very active over the week, with 4 vintages of both Romanée-Conti Grand Cru and Echezeaux Grand Cru trading.   

Another wine featured in the top-traded this week is a Bordeaux back vintage, Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2006. The wine was awarded 95 points from Neal Martin (Vinous) and is available at a Market Price of £6,600 per 12×75 almost double its release price of £3,200 per 12×75.  

Chateau Lafite Rothchild 2006 trades on Liv-ex 

Graph showing Chateau Lafite Rothchild 2006 trades on Liv-ex 

En Primeur campaign recap 

Despite another slower week, several wines were released, including: 

Château Sociando-Mallet, €27.60 per bottle  

Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, €58.80 per bottle  

Château Branaire-Ducru, €39.60 per bottle  

Château Clerc Milon, €64.80 per bottle  

Château Grand Mayne, €32 per bottle  

Château Talbot, €48 per bottle 

Château Branaire-Ducru, available for £474 per 12×75, experienced the highest increase of the wines released this week, its opening price up by 28.1% compared to the opening price in 2021

In addition, two more wines covered by Liv-ex were released today: 

Château Canon La Gaffelière, €64.80 per bottle  

Château Haut-Batailley, €43.20 per bottle 

Weekly insights recap 

This week, Liv-ex published analysis about finding value in back vintages of wines released En Primeur: members can read them to find opportunities in Lafleur, as well as in Château Climens and Château Batailley. Members can also explore how to spot trading opportunities during En Primeur using the Fair Value Tool and List Studio. 

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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 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.          

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