At Gentleman’s Journal, we’ve long been advocates of wine investment. More stable than global equities and never subject to income or inheritance taxes, a case of vino can make you a tidy profit if you pick a winning vintage. And, if you’re considering getting a slice of the action, but need some guidance on which labels to choose from, we’ve asked the experts at Berry Bros. & Rudd to tell us about the ten bottles to buy this year.
The 5 biggest wines right now
2000 Ch. Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac
In 1973, Mouton Rothschild was bumped up to First Growth status (the highest classification of wines that traditionally originate from the Bordeaux region), joining the likes of Ch. Labour, Ch. Margaux and Ch. Haut Brion. Moreover, thanks to its millennium status, the value of this 2000 vintage has steadily risen following an initial release price of £2,000. For those who buy wine for drinking, you’ll also be pleased to hear that this particular tipple has a few decades left before it reaches its finest days.
2000 Ch. Lynch Bages, Pauillac
Although ranked as a Fifth Growth in the 1855 classification, the wines of Ch. Lynch Bages are considered as being worthy of Second Growth status by drinkers and investors worldwide. With a strong brand name and an incredibly strong secondary market, a case from this estate can warrant a high valuation; following an initial release price of £450 per 12 bottle case, it’s on course to meet its current value of £1,700. And, because of the high-quality of this particular vintage, it will only attract further demand in the next few years.
1996 Ch. Palmer, Margaux
Although second to the Ch. Margaux in the commune of Margaux, Ch. Palmer is a drink to consider investing in. Between 1996 and midway through 1997, this wine saw an increase in value (thanks mainly to a very generous release price of only £324 per 12 cases) and continued on an upward trajectory until the peak of the market at the end of 2011. Despite its fall in value after that period, this case has an attractive price tag and bright outlook now that the market has stabilised.
Billed as the first of the “Super Tuscan” wines, the Sassicaia was released 50 years ago and began attracting global attention during the Eighties. In recent years – following a series of exceptional vintages – demand has increased and the 2004 vintage was priced at £900 per 12 bottle case in bond and now trades at £1,600 per 12 bottle case in bond.
1999 Gevrey Chambertin, 1er Cru, Clos St. Jacques, Armand Rousseau
Although Burgundy is a profitable wine region, it produces only a small fraction of what Bordeaux can, so gaining access to the best products there can prove tricky – as a result, the demand and value of Burgundy reds have escalated while availability has stayed consistent. With regards to a particular case, we’d recommend Gevrey Chambertin Clos St Jacques 1999 by Armand Rousseau, one of the finest producers in Burgundy.
5 wines that are set to mature well
2002 Champagne Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon, Brut
There’s currently high expectations over this vintage – and it’s easy to see why. 2002 remains perhaps the best champagne year since the 1995/1996 period, and this particular bottle is just about to enter its ‘tertiary’ phase of drinking, meaning it’ll only improve in the next 5-10 years.
2005 Ch. Montrose, St Estèphe
A dense wine with enormous tannins, this undervalued classic looks set to be a big hitter, due mainly to the fact it’s performed so well against the Liv-ex 100. In 2009 and 2010, a case of 12 bottles demanded a price tag of £2,000.
1996 Ch. Margaux, Margaux
Bottled in September, 1998, the 1996 Chateau Margaux is one of the greats produced under the Mentzelopoulos regime. Both complex and elegant, this extraordinary bottle has remained flat for the last year or so, leading spectators to believe that it’s currently consolidating before moving to the other two 100 point vintages.
1996 La Tâche, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
An incredibly rare tipple, this 1996 vintage is a highly sought-after collectors piece. It’s currently up 8 per cent from six months ago, and over the last two years has soared by 83 per cent.
2016 Vintage Port
A Port declaration has been long overdue, and experts suspect that the upcoming 12 months may be an important period for wines from this region. In past years, there’s been a resurgence for this particular red, owing to the fact that a 2011 Port (the year many regard as the best in half a century) won the title of Wine Spectator’s Wine of the Year for 2014.
To discover more about investing in wine, and the options available through the Berry Bros. & Rudd Cellar Plan, why not join us on 28th March at the company’s famous Pickering Cellar at No. 3 St James’s Street? To register your interest and for further details, please email BBR Fine Wine: firstname.lastname@example.org