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Jane Boyce MW's thoughts on the Live-ex 2012 end of year report

2012 proved to be a challenging year for Fine Wine investment. When you look at the Liv-ex  graphs the downward fall can seem quite depressing but there are positives to be taken from the picture. I know many of you, like me, follow your wines on Liv-ex so I was interested to read their report on the year.

Although there was a drop in the Fine Wine market overall, the last couple of months of the year showed a levelling off and even signs that the picture is improving . Also, significantly, the Right Bank held its own. Overall the Right bank 100 index rose 4.6% while the Right Bank 50 was down (-3.2%). The Right Bank 100 index has, in fact, shown a five year increase of 67.4%. This was the second highest rising index behind the Second Wines which have risen 146.9% in the last five years but have been cooling off a bit recently.

With this news in mind, now looks like a perfect time to invest in some of the excellent 2010s from the Right Bank, while they are still available at their En Primeur /release prices. A full list of our remaining 2010 Bordeaux stock is available on request or on our website. In some cases we are down to our very last case so please do not hesitate if you see something of interest.

Since reports on the 2012 vintage in Bordeaux do not look very promising, I would urge you to take another look at our selection of 2011s (link). These wines are still available at opening En Primeur prices. We still have availability of some blue-chip properties, such as Pontet Canet and Lynch Bages which are always very sound investments. We also highly recommend the Sauternes  2011s – they really shone in this particular vintage.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you require any further information.

I look forward to hearing from you and wish you all a healthy, happy and prosperous new year.

Best wishes
Jane Boyce MW