A waiter is pouring generous rations of wine in the private dining salon of Chateau Margaux on the left bank of the Gironde estuary in southwestern France. Baccarat crystal schooners are filled to the brim with one of the world’s rarest liquid investments. The costly history of downing Chateau Margaux unfolds.
A case of 1996 Chateau Margaux, a Bordeaux first-growth wine estate, sold for 4,600 pounds ($7,060) on the Liv-ex market, a six-month low and down 7 percent from its high for this year as demand weakened.
A 10 percent price cut on the 2013 vintage from both Chateau Haut-Brion and Chateau Margaux this week followed reductions from rival first-growths Chateau Lafite Rothschild and Chateau Mouton Rothschild as top Bordeaux estates tested market demand.
The 2001 vintage of Chateau Margaux, a Medoc first-growth wine estate, fell to a 14-month low of 2,900 pounds ($4,850) a case on Liv-ex yesterday as the London- based market’s Fine Wine 50 Index extended its decline.