Louis Roederer Cristal 2006 has been the top traded wine so far this year, accounting for 1.6% of the total trade value. The Champagne house was also the top traded wine label in 2018, with its 2008 vintage being the most traded wine on Liv-ex overall that year.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, a number of wines in the table are also from the 2016 Bordeaux vintage that became physical earlier this year. Two 2016 First Growths placed in the top ten: Mouton Rothschild 2016 ranked in second place, while Lafite Rothschild 2016 came in fourth.
Mouton Rothschild was the only wine from the 2016 vintage that was awarded 100 points by five leading critics (Jeb Dunnuck, James Suckling, Neal Martin, Antonio Galloni and Lisa Perrotti-Brown). In their tasting notes, Suckling said that it was “one of the most powerful Moutons ever for me”, while Dunnuck added that it is a “truly profound, magical, blockbuster wine in every sense”.
In third place was another 2016: Cos d’Estournel. The wine was one of six to receive a perfect 100 points from Neal Martin back in January. At the time, we reported that in light of Neal Martin’s score, the wine was significantly below the price implied by our ‘Fair Value’ methodology.
Shortly after his scores were published, the wine saw a flurry of activity on Liv-ex and went on to trade at an all-time high of £1,847 per 12×75. It last traded at £1,676 per 12×75, up 19.7% on its release price (£1,400).
In fifth place was the “fabulous” Dom Perignon 2008. The Champagne was released back in January and instantly saw demand on Liv-ex: it traded at £1,400 per 12×75, before settling back to its opening level of £1,240.
Other than Champagne and Bordeaux, the only other region to feature in the top ten was Burgundy – Domaine Ponsot Clos Roche Vv 2016 placed sixth.
A selection of Bordeaux wines from ‘great’ vintages (2000, 2005, and 2010) also made the top ten.