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1996 Best back vintage to invest in? - 19th February 2010
By Thomas Gearing (C.O.O) - Cult Wines Ltd - http://www.cultwinesltd.com


In recent times, En Primeur has stolen the limelight when it comes to Bordeaux fine wine investment, because of the phenomenal gains that the 2008 first growths have made since their release. But when it comes to buying physical stock, which year is the best to invest in?

Analysing the methodology of buying fine wine for investment, it seems to point the investor in the direction of one particular vintage:

1) Wines that are high scoring across the board (most importantly 95+pts RPJ score)
2) Have shown a solid track record for growth.
3) Have widespread appeal (First growth Lafite, Mouton, Latour)
4) Approaching the drinking age
5) Supply decreasing


1996 Vintage:

Wine

Ready to Drink

RPJ Score

5 year Price

6 month Price

Current Price

Lafite 1996

2012-2050

100 pts

1850

7000

8800

Mouton 1996

2010-2025

95-96pts

975

1975

2750

Latour 1996

2015-2050

99 pts

1600

4650

5200

With the market driven so heavily by the Asian Hub, I would still recommend to the investor concentrating on the three wines which have proven so popular in Hong Kong and China (Lafite, Mouton and Latour). As the table above shows, the 1996 vintage of these three wines meet the criteria of the perfect investment wine.

With availability of the 2008 vintages becoming more scarce (in particular Lafite 2008), and with the 2009 campaign right around the corner, for the investor looking for a physical stock there isnt a better choice than the 1996s.

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