Gazin 2005 + 105% | Screaming Eagle 2010 + 28.4% | Lafleur 1999 + 30% | Laville Haut Brion 2003 + 44% | Pavillon Rouge 2008 + 17.5% | Dominus 1997 + 24.5% | Dominus 1998 + 24.5% | Angelus 2012 + 25% | Lafleur 2006 + 20% | Fleur Petrus 2008 + 20% | Beychevelle 2010 + 96% | Clinet 1998 + 25% | Latour 1988 + 17.5% | Cheval Blanc 2000 + 17.5% | Angelus 2005 + 20.83% |

Around The Fine Wine Investment Market in April 2016
05 May 2016

So is the fine wine investment market, after several years of losses, finally finding its feet? At Aston Lovell we have not been actively pushing the investment side of our business for the duration of the downturn. We have taken the view that - with a few notable exceptions from in the main, Italy and America - clients should not be encouraged to invest in wine if they are unlikely to profit from the transaction (common sense, no?)


But now the tide does indeed seem to be turning. Every year, in the lead up to the new en-primeur campaign, we do tend to see the market become more buoyant than normal, but this time around the uptick in fine wine’s fortunes was extended to a consecutive run of five month-on-month gains in April. So perhaps – just perhaps - other forces are at work over and above the standard pre en-primeur surge.


On the London International Vintners Exchange most indices are now gaining monthly. Last month, for example, the Liv-ex 1000 index rose in value by 0.47%, the Liv-ex 100 was up 1.05% and the Liv-ex 50 gained in value by 0.11%. These figures are hardly scorching, but it is the bigger picture of consistency that should be noted here.


With the new vintage promising to be the finest since 2010, more good news seems inevitable (as long as the prices are anything like reasonable). So now, finally, it might just be the time to start looking at wine from an investment perspective: After all, whenever anyone has bought the right wine, at the right time, at the right price with the security of an immediate exit route should the market take a turn for the worst, they have always made a healthy profit.