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We aim to keep our clients up to date with the latest industry news and share with them our own opinions. This section covers all things wine: producer interviews, market movements, auction results, tasting notes and vintage updates. Our intention is to be incredibly selective and only provide commentary on areas which we believe are relevant to our clients and their interests. 

At Auction


Top-Notch Burgundies under the Hong Kong hammer

The Sotheby's Autumn wine auction in Hong Kong certainly has a theme: top-notch burgundies including a Henri Jayer collection and the Romanée-Conti Superlot.

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Investment Update


Liv-ex 100 closes on the up

Some good news for the Liv-ex 100 Index, which has fallen the last consecutive 17 months. Although August trade value was down year-on-year by 20%, volume of trade was up 20% and the month closed on a .9% up. The Index, which tracks the price movement of the most sought-after wines, is often considered the leading benchmark for the wine industry. While it is too soon to dub this a turn in the market, this hopefully will offer some encouragement as we move into September.

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Market News


Now Published: Atlas' Quarterly Market Report

For this issue of the Market Report, we have chosen to focus on the Bordeaux market exclusively. It is Bordeaux that is currently making the headlines for all the wrong reasons; but equally, as many commentators agree, it is Bordeaux that needs to stabilise and then regain ground for the market truly to recover. In the following articles, we assess the current state of the market, review recent developments and consider the opportunities that exist after assessing the backdrop to the current slump. With the recent diversification that has taken place, has the market changed for good or are we merely at a certain point in the cycle?

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Market News


Le Pin: The Ultimate Collector's Wine?

Simon Larkin MW and Managing Director of Atlas, was recently quoted by Jane Anson in Wine Searcher, on potential of esteemed Pomerol property Le Pin. Simon Larkin of Atlas Fine Wines calls Le Pin: "Pretty much the ultimate collector wine. People approach it more like a Burgundian collection, with an emotional attachment rather than an eye on speculation." Larkin would suggest, if you are able to finance it, getting hold of the 2001. "It’s priced right now around £9000 ($15,400) for a case of six, compared to maybe £16,000 ($27,400) for the 2000, and the gulf between the two vintages is nowhere near that big. For me, the 2001 may even be a better wine than the 2000. Le Pin, with its small scale and the talent of its winemaker, will always do well in the smaller vintages."

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Just Tasted


Blind Tasting Results - Bordeaux Comparison Ta...

Over the past few years, Simon Larkin MW has been keen to hold a Bordeaux Comparison Tasting, which came to fruition earlier this week and included 14 well regarded wines from the 2008 Vintage. You have likely read about the various global tastings at which various Bordeaux blends from outside of France have shone in blind tasting conditions when judged against Bordeaux's finest. You may recall what has become known as 'The Judgement of Paris’ in 1976 when Californian Bordeaux-style blends outshone the competition or, more recently, 'The Judgement of Berlin' in 2004 when South American estates claimed the top two positions. There have been many similar tastings since.

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Investment Update


Some Wines Are Worth Not Drinking

"Many people who collect fine wine talk about it as an investment. But is something that pairs nicely with rack of lamb really an investment — or just a way to justify paying tens of thousands of dollars for a single bottle?

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