Talking Trade – Screaming Eagle 2016 released

  • Bordeaux and Italy in focus
  • Lafite Rothschild 2000 most active
  • Screaming Eagle 2016 released
  • Bordeaux 2009 ten years on

The third week of February was relatively quiet for the trade. While most regions pulled back on the previous week, Bordeaux’s share by value rose from 54.4% to 64.1%. It was helped by increased activity from the First Growths – Lafite, in particular.

Italy also improved on last week, up from 9.6% to 11.2%. Champagne’s trade share by value fell to 5.3%, while Burgundy experienced a slight dip from 14.5% to 11.2%.

Bordeaux dominated the most traded wines by value this week, with two Lafite vintages making it into the top five. In the first place was the 2000 vintage (NM 94+, RP 98+), which last traded at £13,000 per 12×75. The older and higher-scored 1996 (NM 98) traded at £9,200 per 12×75. The 100-point Robert Parker Pavie 2000 was also active at £4,575 per 12×75.

Domaine Ponsot, Clos Roche Vv 2016 was the exception to this Bordeaux trend. The Burgundian label last traded at £3,762, slightly below its current Market Price.

Screaming Eagle 2016 released

This week, the 2016 vintage of California’s Screaming Eagle was released in the USA at $1,050/bt (£800). Lisa Perotti-Brown MW awarded the wine a score of 98-100 points when tasting it in barrel, commenting on its “wonderful energy” and “fantastic freshness”. Antonio Galloni also reviewed it in December 2018 and scored it the perfect 100 points. He described the wine as a “towering, statuesque wine of the very highest level”. It has been reported that there will be no commercial release of Screaming Eagle 2017 due to smoke taint caused by the October wildfires that ravaged Northern California.

Ten years on: Bordeaux 2009

Bordeaux 2009 is back in focus as critics are starting to release their reports on how the vintage is tasting now. In a series of blog posts, we have explored the price development of the 2009 First Growths and their Second Wines, as well as the wines from the Left Bank 200. Up next week, the Right Bank.