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.
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.
A case of Pavillon Rouge 2010, the second wine of Bordeaux estate Chateau Margaux, sold for 925 pounds ($1,415) on Liv-ex, its lowest level for more than four months, amid muted demand for vintages from the region.
Buying Bordeaux 2012 futures was always going to be a question of prices. Now that the majority of chateau owners have released theirs, it’s apparent they’re tone deaf to today’s market. Most prices are down less than 10 percent, nowhere near low enough.