March 2017

How to buy a bottle of fine wine good enough to pass down as an heirloom


David Elswood, International Head of Wine at Christie's, talks through the options if you're after a bottle of wine to hand down through the ages. When looking to buy an heirloom in the field of wine, it’s best not to stray from the arena of classic regions such as Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne or vintage Port. The logic is sound: wines from these places not only have a long and fairly predictable future ahead of them in terms of drinking potential, but the best will also appreciate steadily in value should your offspring turn out to be teetotal and more likely to sell the stuff rather than pull the cork. Some might argue that the odd famous wine from Spain, Italy or Australia could also join the list, and that’s true, but these are likely to be more on the borderline of your personal preference as against a certain bet for a worthwhile heirloom. The...

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Treasure Assets: The treasure asset that performs best? Fine Wine!

UK Agora Ltd

Nicholas Gibbs - Sales Director - 1st March 2017   Fine Wine has received fantastic reports lately. The performance has been the best I have personally ever witnessed. Since January 2016 the market has risen every month. Today marks the start of March 2017. Will we see our 16th month of back-to-back growth? I read a very bullish report this morning that seemed to think so! But my advice is: Don't buy Fine Wines simply because the market is on the up. Have a long term view.  "In a 10-year study, the average appreciation for investment-grade wine increased 235%." By comparison the FTSE managed a 78% increase.  Many of our clients are extremely excited about the potential performance of the market this year. But there is more to it that just buying any old wine. Some vintages are more exclusive that others, and therefore, those exclusive vintages generally see the biggest increases in price. Our aim at UK Agora is...

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