Talking Trade – Mouton Rothschild 2016 most active

  • Mouton Rothschild 2016 most active wine
  • Liv-ex report “Bordeaux 2018 – Keenly poised” released
  • En Primeur with Liv-ex
  • Bordeaux 2018 – James Molesworth’s top scoring reds

Trade this week rose by both value and volume. Bordeaux’s trade share by value increased to 61%, supported by activity for Mouton Rothschild, which accounted for over half of the First Growths’ trade.

Burgundy’s trade share dipped slightly – to a still strong 23.8% – after its recent high last week. Italy saw a more considerable decline, from 8.7% to 2.3%. The Rhone, the USA and the ‘others’ category improved to 4.3%, 0.5% and 2% respectively.

The top traded wine by value this week was Mouton Rothschild 2016, which has recently received 100-point scores from critics including James Suckling, Neal Martin, Lisa Perotti-Brown and Antonio Galloni. The wine last traded at £5,170 per 12×75, marginally below (-0.2%) its En Primeur release price. The chateau’s 2000 vintage also featured among the top five, last trading at £18,606 per 12×75.

Leoville Las Cases 2009 took the second spot; when tasting it in 2011, Robert Parker said it “may be the most open-knit and forward Las Cases I have tasted to date”.  Earlier this month, Lisa Perotti-Brown MW gave it 99 points, and described it as “concentrated and decadent in the mouth”. Two DRC assortments, from 1999 and 2009, also found the bid this week.

Bordeaux 2018 – Keenly poised

Many critics and journalists are already over in Bordeaux, and much of the trade are poised to join the tastings next week.

Our annual En Primeur opening report, this year called Bordeaux 2018 – Keenly poised, is now available to download in English, French and German. It sets the scene for this year’s campaign. In the report, we examine the current position of the Bordeaux market, the quantity and quality of the 2018 vintage and the importance of fair pricing amid continuing Brexit uncertainty.

James Molesworth’s Bordeaux 2018 top scoring reds

James Molesworth’s first impressions of the Bordeaux 2018 vintage were published on Wine Spectator yesterday, including several potentially 100-point reds. Find out more.

Bordeaux 2018: En Primeur with Liv-ex

As always, Liv-ex will be covering the campaign as it unfolds. To find out what you expect to see from Liv-ex this En Primeur season, click here.