Could Margaux 2005 present fine wine investment opportunity?

on Aug 27, 2015
Updated: Oct 24, 2019

Margaux 2005 has come into the fine wine investment spotlight with trading platform Liv-ex commenting on the recent trading of the wine, noting that its price has slipped in the wake of Robert Parker’s retrospective which disappointed some buyers with his scores for Left Bank wines.

The trading platform commented that with Parker twice awarding the wine a potential 100 points in barrel, many had anticipated a three-digit score in the retrospective, which caused the wine’s price to creep up to £4,950 per 12×75 case at the end of last year. In the six-week period prior to the retrospective, it traded several times for between £5,200 and £5,350.
Margaux 2005, however, failed to achieve a ‘perfect’ score, with Parker awarding 100-point scores to only two Left Bank wines at his , namely Haut Brion and La Mission Haut Brion, out of a dozen perfect scores. The remaining 10 went to Right Bank wines.

Liv-ex, however, notes that the wine has received better scores elsewhere, with James Suckling awarding it 100 points and referring to it as “a sleeping beauty that will be utterly captivating when it awakes”. Margaux 2005 has 99: “sheer class” at Neal Martin, while Parker himself has noted that it “promises to be better in another 5-10 years”. Still, the trading platform reports that the wine has appreciated only 17 percent in value since its En Primeur release in 2006, while yesterday it traded at for £5,000 per 12×75 case.
Chateaux Margaux meanwhile is preparing to offer a collection in October in collaboration with Sotheby’s, which will auction 239 lots of Margaux, spanning the 1900 to 2010 vintages. The collection is estimated to be worth between $1 million and $1.4 million.

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