Details taken from the Guardians article: How
Alternative Investments Have Performed Since 2000
http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2009/nov/21/alternative-investments-performance-2000 Up until a few
years ago the Fine Wine market was a virtual unknown
to most investors except those collectors who used
wines’ increasing value to fund further purchases.
In the last 10 years those who had previously put
their money into stocks, bonds, gold and oil have
turned to wine. In the period of ‘31 December 1999
and 31 October 2009 there was a 138% return’ on the
Fine Wine Investables index and this has lead
journalists to label Fine Wine as ‘the best
investment of the decade’.
Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1982 has been the best
performer over the last decade returning 876%, and
experts predict the Chateau along with Mouton
Rothschild and Latour to ‘(lead) the pack over the
next year or so’ as the most profitable wines to
With the 2008 vintages of Lafite and Mouton scoring
98-100 pts and 96 pts respectively on the Robert
Parker scale, there is a lot of evidence to suggest
that these wines will indeed return the greatest
yields for investors. Especially considering that
the 96 point scoring Lafite 2005 is trading at well
over £8000 and the similarly scored Mouton 2005 is
trading at over £5000, investors should jump at the
chance to get hold of the 2008 vintages for around
£5000 and £3000 respectively.
The recent explosion in prices has been put down to
‘new-money buyers from China and the rest of Asia’
and it is believed that this will soon spread to all
of China’s major cities ‘putting enormous supply
pressure on certain Bordeaux chateaux’.