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Woolf Sung offers VE Day Pétrus

Fine wine merchant Woolf Sung is offering some extremely rare bottles of 1945 vintage Bordeaux and Champagne, including a case of Pétrus as it takes advantage of investment opportunities in noteworthy anniversaries.

With today (8 May) marking the 70th anniversary since the end of the second world war in Europe (VE Day), specialist Woolf Sung has sourced six bottles of the famous 1945 vintage from “one of the world’s most prominent fine wine houses” and a bottle of 1945 Krug.

Although it is Mouton Rothschild’s 1945 that garners the most praise and attention when the vintage – one of the greatest and most famous of the 20th century – is discussed, Pétrus also produced an exceptional wine that year and in far smaller quantities.

Currently valued at £60,000 for half a dozen (in an original case as this example reportedly is), the company has predicted it could appreciate at 10% a year for the next 10 years, it is so rare.

Alongside their undoubted monetary value, the wines are – quite unsurprisingly – well within their drinking window and even have the ability to age further so great was the quality of the crop.

The company has zeroed in on a number of other wines with significant dates that are approaching important milestones this year as well.

Already mentioned above is a bottle of 1945 Krug but Wolf Sung has also acquired six bottles of 1966 Dom Pérignon in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of England winning the 1966 football World Cup which is taking place next year.

Currently valued at £5,000 per six, the merchant predicts an 8-10% appreciation into next year and calls it a “shrewd decision” with particular relevance to the UK market.

Similarly, with each year between 2014 and 2018 marking a centenary year of the Great War, bottles of 1918 claret – another excellent vintage – can perhaps expect a 24% to 30% appreciation in the three years between now and 2018.

Bottle prices of Latour begin at around £1,500 and Lafite at £2,500.

Sebastian Woolf, founder of Wolf Sung, said: “With any investment portfolio it is prudent to be diversified, but it is those special bottles that provide the talking point over dinner. Not only are the Petrus 1945, Latour 1918 and Dom Perignon 1966 exceptional bottles to drink but they all provide an interesting investment opportunity with a clear exit strategy. Whether these bottles are to be drunk during their significant anniversary year or sold at auction they are a piece of history that should be enjoyed and treasured.”

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