You are wealthy enough to drink good wine. You are advanced enough to know what wine – good. Not just good – the best in the world. These are your ambitions. But – whether to drink it? Rather, only to drink? Wine is the highest category, premium wine – no longer as much drink as such, as a means of investment. Currency, which is growing well. In the world of big money has come to invest in expensive fashion collection wine. This prestigious, it’s fashionable, it is original. And it’s very, very profitable. But – it must be able to do.
To invest in this very specific and capricious currency should be very, very well in this deal. First of all – in fact, in what kind of wine investing. But it means – not only know their names, but also – very important! – To know them over the years. There is just a case of the year on year is not necessary. And sometimes it’s better to drink any ordinary wine produced by an unknown chateau, but in a good year than a “great wine”, but – of a disastrous year, such as the 1971st, for Bordeaux. And even more so – because of ignorance to invest in a wine. So – we’ll investigate.
Wine for investment: A list of titles
First – we list the characters by name. Here the experts agree – the most secure and lucrative investments – one to two dozen wines of France – Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Rhone Valley.
Of these, the most reliable and stable income-bearing investments – the great Bordeaux wines, or the first grand cru Bordeaux. Repeat more than once voiced our list:
- Chateau Margaux (Château Margaux) , Margaux
- Chateau Latour (Château Latour) , Pauillac
- Chateau Lafite-Rothschild (Château Lafite-Rothschild) , Pauillac
- Chateau Mouton-Rothschild (Château Mouton Rothschild) , Pauillac
- Chateau On-Brion (Château Haut-Brion) , Graves
- Ikem Château (Château d’Yquem) , Sauternes
- Chateau Cheval Blanc (Château Cheval Blanc) , St-Emilion
- Château Petrus , Pomerol
Wine for investment: vintage / Vintage
If a list of wines, which you decide to invest, all more or less clear, we must remember that it’s not all. Must – must! – To know the wines over the years, the vintage / vintage.
French synonym for the English word «Vintage» means a particular crop year. Wine, like any product of agriculture – and even more so than any of the products of agriculture – depends on the climate and the vagaries of weather. Year are fruitful and lean, favorable for the growth and maturation of the vines and adverse. Accordingly, the vintage / vintages are good and bad.
Sometimes for a decade can last a favorable period for winemaking. For Bordeaux, it’s – the years from 1996 to 2005, with peaks of quality wines in 1998, 2000, 2005. But it is easy to spend a little experiment – to search the network for sale of collections of the great wines of Bordeaux. For example, on ebay you can easily find great wines at very reasonable prices. Anyway, several times lower than the prices in our market. Below, even if you subtract all the cheating domestic wine trade. And, of course, much lower than the prices on the prestigious wine auctions, where the top wines of Bordeaux go for several thousand dollars per bottle. But – no mystery, just need to look at the year of manufacture indicated on the label. Great wines of “black” for Bordeaux’s – 1980, 1991, 1992 – are not much. It is important not to invest in these wines because of ignorance, to understand only the resounding names of famous chateau.
But, of course, no one blindly and do not buy it. Wine trade serves numerous peer institutions, at all winemaking countries, there are generally accepted scale of quality wines from year to year yields, the so-called card vintages (vintage chart), or a vintage table. But there are no scales at all times and in all regions. For example, when participating in a particular wine auction, you can use a scale developed by experts, some authoritative wine magazine, for example, Wine spectator or Decanter . Or the most famous and detailed scale of such an influential and acclaimed throughout the world of wine criticism, as Robert Parker (Robert Parker) . Large wine funds , investing in wine, may have their own, compiled from various sources, scale and vintage tables.
Moreover, self-respecting expert institution is reviewing its table each year, as the wine – it is a capricious matter, it may not ripen well, as expected, and assess the quality can vary from examination to examination. For the wine of good vintage continues to follow closely all the time, especially in the early years. More or less accurate estimate is given by the drink only in the fifth year, while wine is being recognized as a high quality, soars in price by 30-50 percent, and could rise to the same rate and on every five years. Actually, because the great Bordeaux wines and occupy top positions in the auction and investment portfolios, they are most stable in this sense – maturation, they do not change their quality for decades, or even improve it. And still should be careful with them – young, recent vintage can be bought, of course, cheaper but the quality will not be reviewed again by the experts.
In view of all this vintage in the tables are usually taken into account not only the quality of the crop on some scale – from 1 to 5, 10, 20 or 100, but also provides guidance on the use of wine – a young wine, and whether it should be more withstand several years before selling it at the peak of its quality (and hence the cost), or the wine is already quite mature, in the prime of his taste, and ready for immediate use (and, consequently, for sale). From what wines are best to get rid of some – to hold.