The Vin-X team attended Bordeaux's Union de Grand Cru trade tasting of the 2014 vintage in London last week, the opinion of which has evolved to now being determined as "a good vintage not yet showing at its best."
Looking ahead to the forthcoming Bordeaux En Primeur release, it seems like there'll be plenty to be excited about, at least from a quality perspective, and there's already a good deal of speculation about release strategies.
In terms of fine wine the words 'Bordeaux' and 'bargain' rarely get put into the same sentence. Everyone knows that in order to drink the premium wines of this region you will either need to be working in the wine industry, have a rich friend who serves such wines at dinner parties, or be that rich friend.
Last week I, along with many other wine enthusiasts from across the globe, headed to Bordeaux to spend several pleasant days having a first taste of a range of wines from the 2012 vintage.
Wine enthusiasts and investors alike were waiting with bated breath last week for the release of the Parker scores - possibly
The start of 2013 has heralded many good headlines about the health of fine wine investment and it's looking like a positive year for investors.
The growth of the wine investment market has been significant over the last decade and each year provides exciting opportunities for investors keen to secure their money in the commodity. But what does 2013 have in store?
Today the Wine Investment Association was launched at Mazars, with the publication of its draft Code of Practice to both trade members and press and the commencement of a consultation period to ensure future members and the community can contribute and help shape standards and procedures to provide investors in fine wine with much greater security.
People who have placed their money in fine wine investment over the past 18 months will have little to cheer about. The market has seen a general downturn in value, but when measured against other asset classes, it still holds its own. Those who have been in the fine wine market for a number of years are relaxed, having more of a feel for the natural dynamics of the correction we have endured since mid 2011.
The first rule of alternative investments is to invest in physical or tangible assets. In fact alternative investments are often labelled "SWAG" - Silver, Wine, Art and Gold.