What’s happening in the market?
Bordeaux has lost some of its trade share, accounting for 36.1% of the total. Burgundy is almost on a par with 32.3% of total trade, buoyed by the trading of several vintages of Domaine Armand Rousseau’s Chambertin Grand Cru and Domaine du Comte Liger Belair La Romanée Grand Cru 2010.
The United States benefited from Bordeaux’s slowdown, as Kistler wines changed hands alongside Scarecrow, Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 and the 2009, 2013 and 2019 vintages of Opus One. Tuscany also had a strong weekend, bolstered by Tenuta San Guido, Bolgheri Sassicaia 2013, 2006, 2007 and 2010 trading.
Today’s deep-dive: The 100-pointers of 2023 beyond Bordeaux
Of all the 100-point 2023 reviews given by major publications*, Bordeaux unsurprisingly dominated the rankings. But what happens if we look beyond it, at the top-scoring wines beyond Bordeaux?
62 wines were granted top marks by a range of critics, spanning eight countries.
As we mentioned last week, California shone with 29 100-pointers, including Harlan Estate 2019 which was given 100 points by Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW (The Wine Independent) and Joe Czerwinski from The Wine Advocate. The wine was released earlier this year in the United States and is currently offered LIVE on Liv-ex. Log in to the exchange to view it and trade.
Three vintages of Colgin’s IX Estate also received perfect marks, namely the 2007, 2013 and 2018, as did the 2018, 2019 and 2020 vintages of Promontory. There are 15 LIVE offers for Promontory wines, including some below market. Log in to the exchange to view them and trade.
Burgundy was the second region in terms of number of 100-point reviews received. William Kelley of The Wine Advocate scored Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche Grand Cru 1962 100 points and gave the same score to the 2020 vintage of the Domaine’s Montrachet Grand Cru and Romanée-Conti Grand Cru.
The latter is the most expensive of all top-scored Burgundies in 2023, with a current Market Price of £270,225 per case. Buyers looking for high-scoring Burgundy at a least eye-watering price may want to consider the Domaine Cécile Tremblay, Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru 2019 and Domaine Duroche, Clos de Bèze Grand Cru Hommage à Philippe 2020. These were also granted top marks by William Kelley but have a Market Price of £35,800 and £42,000 per case respectively.
Australia stood out with four 100-point reviews, two of which went to Giaconda Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2021. Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW and Erin Larkin (The Wine Advocate) both found perfection in the wine, which was released in September at £1,565 per case.
South Australia’s Henschke, Hill of Grace Vineyard 2018, which was released at £6,000 per case, was scored 100 points by Jane Anson (Inside Bordeaux). The wine is currently offered LIVE on Liv-ex, in 3×75 format, below its release price. Log in to the exchange to view it and trade.
Argentina’s Nicolas Catena Zapata 2020, which was released in September through La Place de Bordeaux, was scored 100 points by Luis Gutierrez of The Wine Advocate. Over in Chile, Viñedo Chadwick 2021 received the same score from Gutierrez and from Tim Atkin MW. The wine was also released through La Place de Bordeaux in September, with an opening price of £3,100 per case.
*Reviews from The Wine Advocate, Vinous, Jane Anson Inside Bordeaux, Jancis Robinson, The Wine Independent, Decanter, The Wine Cellar Insider, James Suckling, Jean-Marc Quarin, Jeb Dunnuck, Matthew Jukes, The Wine Doctor, Tim Atkin, Falstaff and Wine Maniacs were considered. NB, some publications’ scores were only taken during En Primeur.
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Here’s what we’ve been reading this week:
- Liv-ex: Liv-ex 100 falls 1.9% in October
- The drinks business: California looks to outstanding vintage in 2023
- Financial Times: UK grocery inflation falls to single digits for the first time in 16 months
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