Top 10 fine wine trends of 2015

1. The fine wine market’s eye is turning towards Pessac-Leognan, where the leading châteaux offer some of Bordeaux’s most critically-acclaimed and best-value brands: Haut-Brion, Mission Haut Brion and Haut-Bailly.

Château La Mission Haut-BrionBy way of example, first growths Lafite and Latour are down, but Haut-Brion is enjoying price rises on the secondary market, which, believes Justin Gibbs, is because it offers the best value among the first growths: it has the highest scores and yet it’s the cheapest.

Of the four great vintages of the 2000s: 2000, 2005, 2009 and 2010, Haut-Brion’s average score from Robert Parker is 99.75 – better than any other first growth. Meanwhile, its average price per case traded on the Liv-ex exchange in the past 12 months is £2,608, almost £1,000 lower than Lafite.

Mission Haut Brion – Haut-Brion’s neighbour in Pessac-Léognan – is a further brand to watch.

Buoyed by consistently high scores, and its association with its neighbouring estate, people are increasingly trading the brand Mission Haut-Brion – “a wine that dances with the firsts,” according to Justin Gibbs.

Meanwhile, Pessac’s Château Haut-Bailly is a rising star, and was the 15th best performing brand in the Liv-ex Power 100 for 2015, up 6.8%.

“The merchants love Haut-Bailly; it is making better and better wine,” concludes Gibbs.

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