A vintage wine is one that is produced with grapes that were harvested in the same region in the same year. However, the term “vintage” refers to the soil quality, climate, water drainage, elevation and other environmental conditions of the region where the grapes were harvested. A favourable vintage therefore produces good grapes and high quality wines, enhancing marketability and profit margin.
Fine Wines for Investment Returns
The fine wine investment market affects just a tiny proportion (less than 0.5%) of the world’s wine production by volume. Although traditionally dominated by Premier Cru and Grand Cru wines from Bordeaux and Burgundy, the global fine wine trading scene also plays host to cult wines from various regions around the world, notably those of California & Italy.
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Traditionally, wine investment portfolios have focused almost exclusively on classed-growth red Bordeaux (those featured in the 1855 Classification) from highly rated vintages. These wines have a long-established secondary market and have built up good reputations for consistent quality and the ability to age well. The enormous prestige and small production of these wines pushes demand (and therefore prices) to new heights with each year that passes.On Bordeaux’s ‘left bank’, Chateaux Latour, Margaux, Lafite – Rothschild, Mouton-Rothschild and Haut Brion remain reliable as high-grade investment wines. Across the Garonne in the Libournais (the ‘right bank’), plush Merlot-based wines from Pomerol properties Le Pin, Petrus, Lafleur and La Fleur-Petrus are particularly popular on the US fine wine market, as are Saint-Emilion’s top investment wines Angelus, Ausone, Cheval Blanc , Pavie and Valandraud.
Although less commonly traded, top Burgundy (both red and white) fetches some of the highest prices ever paid for wine. The most commonly traded Burgundy wines are those of domaines de la Romanee-Conti, Henri Jayer, Comte Georges de Vogue, Georges Roumier, Armand Rousseau, Leflaive, Leroy, Meo-Camuzet, Lafon and Coche Dury. Vintage Wine Selection.The finest Burgundy wines are made only in tiny quantities, which are snapped up by Burgundy enthusiasts on release. On the rare occasion that they re-appear on the market, their scarcity drives prices to astronomical heights (see The Most Expensive Wines in the World, a list dominated almost entirely by Grand Cru Burgundy).
Over the past decade or so the range of fine wines to invest in has increased greatly. Burgundy and Bordeaux remain the most popular French investment wines by far, but Rhone wines are steadily increasing their share of the secondary market. Italy’s top investments wines typically hail from Piedmont and Tuscany, while Californian wines (specifically Napa Valley reds) hold the fort for the Americas.Worth considering are Chave, Jaboulet, Guigal, Beaucastel and Rayas from the Rhone, and Italian wines such as Sassicaia, Solaia, Tignanello and Ornellaia. Californian cult wines are increasingly in demand as wine investments, although low production volumes mean that the wines change hands relatively infrequently. Ridge’s famous Monte Bello remains popular, as do the likes of Screaming Eagle, Caymus Special Selection, Harlan Estate, the Moueix family’s Dominus, and Robert Mondavi’s Opus One.