Nine years ago, Robert Parker unveiled the twenty Bordeaux wines he would be tasting at Winefuture in Hong Kong. Dubbed “The Magical 20”, these wines, as described by Parker were from “estates that produce wines of first growth quality, although not technically first growths”. For him, these were consequently “under-valued and very smart acquisitions”.
Bordeaux, a region with a strong following globally but particularly amongst Chinese buyers, continues to dominate – Lafite Rothschild and Mouton Rothschild remain firm favourites. But as the market has continued to diversify, wine merchants in Asia have been increasingly embracing wines from Italy, Champagne, and the Rest of the World (which hit a record market share in August this year), with Sassicaia, Opus One and Cristal making an appearance in the top twenty.
There is a long list of factors that influence the price of wine and, in some cases, make it investment-worthy: current market strength, the region, the popularity of the producer, critic scores, the general appeal of the vintage, scarcity, age, history, branding and more...
勃艮第2017年份產量足和質量高，令葡萄種植者十分興奮。該年份在勃艮第市場的高峰期發布，當時該酒區的價格達歷史新高。勃艮第最具標誌性的品牌羅曼康帝Domaine de la Romanée-Conti也不例外。 週三，Neal Martin 在倫敦的Corney & Barrow活動上發佈在瓶羅曼康帝2017年的品酒筆記；讓他能把“ 同葡萄、同生產商和同方法”的葡萄園來一起進行比較。 Martin說，客觀判斷並不容易，但“如我不把最新的發佈如以前年份一樣來進行比較，將可能對那些因不被稱為羅曼康帝的生產商不利，那是不負責任的做法。 ”