Twelve bottles of 2008 Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion, a Pessac-Leognan vineyard in Bordeaux’s southern suburbs, sold for a record low 1,160 pounds ($1,940) on Liv-ex amid price declines for recent top Bordeaux vintages.
A case of 1995 Chateau Mouton Rothschild, a Medoc first-growth wine estate, sold for 3,250 pounds ($5,400) on Liv-ex in the past week, consolidating an 18- month rally amid signs of demand for older Bordeaux vintages.
Twelve bottles of Chateau Haut-Brion 2005, a first-growth Bordeaux, sold for 4,100 pounds ($6,830) on Liv-ex this week, its lowest price since 2006 as demand for recent vintages from top estates remained restrained.
A case of 2009 Chateau Cos d’Estournel, a second-growth Saint-Estephe estate, fetched 2,000 pounds ($3,280) on Liv-ex, falling back to the three-year low set in December and January amid declining Bordeaux demand.
Even with the smallest grape harvest since 1991 in Bordeaux, France’s biggest wine-exporting region, producers of the most-prestigious bottles will see prices fall as buyers shift to cheaper alternatives.
A case of Chateau Haut-Brion 2001, a first-growth Bordeaux from the Pessac-Leognan district on the south side of the city, sold for 2,741 pounds ($4,480) on the Liv-ex wine exchange this week, its highest level since March.
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