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SPOTLIGHT ON... Sassicaia 2008

by Wine Owners

Posted on 2016-03-24




    OWNER

      Tenuta San Guido 

    APPELLATION

      Bolgheri 

    BLEND

      85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc 

    AVERAGE SCORE

      94/100




REVIEW

The 2008 Sassicaia is a rich, deep wine imbued with notable class in its black cherries, plums, grilled herbs, minerals and smoke. The 2008 is a decidedly buttoned-up, firm Sassicaia that is currently holding back much of its potential, unlike the 2006 and 2007, both of which were far more obvious wines. Readers who can afford to wait will be treated to a sublime wine once this settles down in bottle. Muscular, firm tannins frame the exquisite finish in this dark, implosive Sassicaia. The 2008 Sassicaia is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc. The wine spent 24 months in French oak barrels. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2038. Tenuta San Guido is on a roll these days. Over the last few years, the estate has released a number of hugely delicious wines. These new releases are nicely aligned with their respective vintages. The entry-level Le Difese and Guidalberto both capture the essence of a sunny year that made wines well suited to near-term drinking, while the 2008 Sassicaia captures the potential of a powerful vintage characterized by low yields and a late harvest. (Robert Parker, 2011).


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Market Trends - March 24, 2016.

by Wine Owners

Posted on 2016-03-24


Sales of Bordeaux through the exchange saw a significant increase on the preceding month, rising from a 75% share of the market to 88%, the highest market share since the launch of the exchange in 2013. Bids overall in Bordeaux have increased in value by 2 percentage points, perhaps reflecting a slight upturn in confidence in the market.

The steep rise in Bordeaux’s market share overshadows other regions, pushing Burgundy right back to 5%, though the figure reflects less a decline for Burgundy than the strengthening of the market in Bordeaux. Volume and value traded were in fact similar to the preceding period. Rhone had a poor showing overall, dropping market share to 1.3%. Again, the figure is skewed by Bordeaux, but in any case volumes were down, mitigated only by a flurry of interest in Henri Bonneau triggered by the announcement of his death on Wednesday. The remainder of the market was shared almost equally between Champagne and Italy, where trading in top level Barolo oustripped Supertuscans two to one.

As usual, the First Growths accounted for the lion’s share of the Bordeaux market, 72% of the value of Bordeaux trades were made up of 1ers crus and their right bank equivalents. Several large trades in Haut Brion saw that wine take 61% of the value of 1st growth trades, though Mouton continued to hold its own at 11.7%, down by percentage on the preceding period, but up in overall value and volume. Lafite remained strong at 5.8%, with Latour and Margaux lagging behind. Petrus showed strongly too, picking up a share of 11% among the 1st growths, though the high value of these wines always has a tendency to distort market share by value.

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Dow Jones v.s. Bordeaux Index

by Wine Owners

Posted on 2016-03-23


With the base price taken on January 2008, the WO Bordeaux Index has significantly outperformed the Dow Jones Index, peaking at 147.33% as of 17 March, 2016, dwarfing Dow Jones' seemingly modest gains of 40.40%. With growing demand for Bordeaux market within the Asian market, such inflation in prices is undoubtedly set to increase. The WO Bordeaux Index's ability to weather through financial instability is also illustrated in its appreciation in the midst of the 2008-2009 financial crisis, obtaining a 74.73% increase compared to Dow Jones' depreciation of 43.60%. 


 


Note: The Dow Jones Industrial index (DJIA) is a price-weighted average of 30 significant stocks traded on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq. 



SPOTLIGHT ON... Dom Perignon 2002

by Wine Owners

Posted on 2016-03-22



    OWNER

     Dom Perignon Champagne

    APPELLATION

     France 

    BLEND

     Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

    AVERAGE SCORE

      95/100


                                      



 


REVIEW:

The 2002 Dom Perignon is at first intensely floral, with perfumed jasmine that dominates the bouquet. With time in the glass the wine gains richness as the flavors turn decidedly riper and almost tropical. Apricots, passion fruit and peaches emerge from this flashy, opulent Dom Perignon.

(Robert Parker, 2010)

                                                                                     

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China's wine market potential

by Wine Owners

Posted on 2016-03-22



Undoubtedly, the market potential for wine producers and trading platforms is set to growth, the number of wealthy households in China expected to expand at an annual rate of around 16% for the next 5-7 years. Moreover, there has been high increases in Chinese internet penetration with an increase of 31 million new Internet users in 2015 (reaching a total of 649 million). Such a catalysis, together with general perception of foreign brands being of superior quality (i.e. Burgundy, Bordeaux markets) has hence led to strong import dependence of the Chinese, Japanese and Korean markets, with consumers importing as much as 96-100% of their wines. 

However, wine producers must recognise that expansion into Asia, specifically China would face several restrictions with Xi JingPing's government-initiated austerity drive and anti-corruption drive hampering the premium wine market for gifting and banqueting. Hence, firm compliance with central authorities are imperative for the business to thrive. Furthermore, with China's economy growing at a rapid rate of around 6-7% (2016 predictions), China's economy has become multi-dimensional, facing transition challenges as the structure adapts to various economic and market reforms implemented by the central authorities. 



SPOTLIGHT ON... Coche-Dury Corton-Charlemagne 2006

by Wine Owners

Posted on 2016-03-16



    OWNER

    Domaine Jean-Francois Coche-Dury 

    APPELLATION

    Corton-Charlemagne

    BLEND

     Chardonnay

    AVERAGE SCORE

    95/100








REVIEW

Black tea, pugent herbs, iris, narcissus, and an alkaline, saline note suggestive of ocean breezes greet the nose. On the palate, this grips with penetrating pungency and tactile stoniness, leaving behind a memorable concentrate of chalk, salts, faintly bitter herbal essences, along with marrow and animal bone reduction. Surely it will go on to further glory in the bottle and should reward 15 or more years' cellaring. (Robert Parker, 2008)


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Wine Owners 150 Index on the move

by Wine Owners

Posted on 2016-03-16


As of March 12, 2016, the WO 150 Index recorded gains of 9.18% in comparison to the FTSE100 index which made a loss of -12.57% (Base price comparison March 12, 2015)

The graph below illustrates how Wine Owners Index has consistently produced higher returns in comparison to the FTSE100. Could such a trend be explained through the huge uncertainty surrounding the global economy in recent months as seen through the crash in stock prices on 'Black Monday' in China or the increasing popularity of wine as a whole as an alternative investment asset? Regardless, the case has once again been made on the role wine plays as a 'safe haven' asset in our volatile financial climate, a wonderful addition to any portfolio. 






                                                                   

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SPOTLIGHT ON...Chateau Lafite 2009

by Wine Owners

Posted on 2016-03-14


    OWNER

    Chateau Lafite Rothschild

    APPELLATION

    Pauillac

     BLEND

    Bordeaux Red

    AVERAGE SCORE

    95 points




             

REVIEW

Intense crimson. Nose offresh, ripe black fruit, elegant oak. Fullness is a key theme on the palate,concentration, fine grain, power, finesse. Remarkable.

(Gilbert & Gaillard, 2010)


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SPOTLIGHT ON... Alter Ego de Palmer 2010

by Wine Owners

Posted on 2016-03-10




         OWNER

        Chateau Palmer

        APPELLATION

        Margaux

        BLEND

        Bordeaux Red Blend

        AVERAGE SCORE

        92/100







REVIEW

The deep ruby purple 2010 Alter Ego de Palmer has a lovely perfume of bright fruits with blackberries, blueberries, cedar and violets, and is rich and seductive on the palate, supported by fairly high (14.4%) alcohol. A blend of 51% Cabernet and 49% Merlot, this is one of the most concentrated Alter Egos ever.

(Jeannie Cho Lee, 2011)



Bordeaux on the rise

by Wine Owners

Posted on 2016-03-10


The Wine Owners First Growths Index is up 3.71% Year to date, whilst the Medoc Classed Growth index is up 5.1% for the same period.

The Wine Owners Libournais Index - comprising top Pomerol and St Emilion wines - is also up 4.24% over the last 3 months.

Buyers are coming back into the market in the last few weeks and early signs are very promising: this feels very different to the various short lived rallies since 2013, and is on the back of single digit, consistent quarter on quarter gains over the course of calendar 2015.

The Wine Owners First Growths Index had previously risen 4.6% in 2015. The Medoc Classed Growth index had gained 9% over the course of 2015, with rises dominated by the older back vintages tracked in the vintage range 1996-2006. At this level versus the First Growths it’s noticeable that 2009s are also on the move up.




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