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May 30, 2022 View:

Bordeaux 500 sub-index shows decline over past year

The Bordeaux 500 has been down since the end of 2018 and has fallen 3.41% in the past year; it is flat year-to-date.

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The Liv-ex Fine Wine 1000, which tracks the broader market trend, also fell, albeit by a smaller amount, down 3.24% over the past year; it is flat year-to-date. Bordeaux has been underperforming over the past year compared to Champagne and Italy, but well ahead of Burgundy; the latter has been lagging over the past 18 months.

Although the Bordeaux 500 sub-indices have all fallen over the past year, they have started to show signs of recovery since early 2020. So far, four of the six sub-indices have shown positive growth.

The Sauternes 50 has fallen the least over the past year, down just 2.66%, followed by the Fine Wine 50 (-3.15%). The Fine Wine 50, which tracks the first growths, has rebounded the most, up 5.12% from its March low.

The Vice Wine 50 and Left Bank 200 fell 3.32% and 3.94%, respectively. Right Bank wines saw the biggest declines: the Right Bank 50 and Right Bank 100 fell 6.49% and 7.55%, respectively.

In terms of brands (LWIN7), the best-performing Bordeaux was Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, Left Bank 200 (3.47%). They were followed by Chateau Rieussec of Sauternes 50 (2.32%) and Chateau Troplong Mondot of the Right Bank 100.