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Market Updates

We are pleased to introduce our new Weekly Market Update.  Rather than focus on our larger, more in-depth market reports, we have decided to concentrate on bringing you more timely commentary on a more regular basis via these refreshingly short, one page documents. As ever, you can respond to this email or call any member of the Atlas Team with questions or comments. 


 

Jostling for Position

Today there is so much dependence on point scores for wines as a quick guide to a wine’s quality, yet as previously commented the map of wine criticism is changing. First, in 2013, Antonio Galloni left The Wine Advocate to set up vinous.com, taking with him his back catalogue of tasting notes. He then cleverly merged with Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar. This merger not only brought with it ...

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Crystal Ball Gazing?

January is now well underway... what do we expect of the fine wine market in 2018? Last year’s annual survey of the trade, conducted by Liv-ex in January, suggested that the market would increase by 7.8% as measured by the Liv-ex 100 Index. In reality, it came in at 5.7%, making for an increase of 32.6% across two years. There are plenty of variables that are set to influence 2018, but perhaps the picture is...

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Points Win Prizes

Having met up with various overseas suppliers and clients these last few weeks—specifically from the US and Hong Kong— there was plenty of discussion on the role of critics. The American clients commented that Neal Martin, whose remit at The Wine Advocate now encompasses Bordeaux, Burgundy and South Africa, represents to them the epitome of the ‘English palate’; they think there is a gap in...

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Champagne and the five year hold

Each of the key Liv-ex Indices eased back a little last month, which Liv-ex themselves attribute to Sterling’s weakness. This leaves the market as viewed on these terms with modest but sustained increases in value over the year-to-date, though month-on-month comparisons are not particularly useful in assessing the fine wine market.

That said, as highlighted in our previous market report, while B...

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An Alternative Reality

As we enter the final quarter of the year, the market – if judged by the major Bordeaux – led Indices, has made what could be at best termed steady progress. That said, the major Indices belie the reality of the situation.
 
The 2016 Bordeaux campaign was more meaningful to many merchants than any of the preceding five offers and a select number of the 2016s have seen significant price...

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Weighing up the numbers

The major Liv-ex Indices continue their steady progress after a minor blip in early May [Fig 1]. Each spring we invariably expect the market to be becalmed as attention is diverted to the Bordeaux en Primeur campaign, while clients and merchants consider potential purchases from the new vintage. This year, however, the volume of trade has remained relatively constant with little sign of slow-down as we run up to t...

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