Since the Summer, fine wine prices have moved south. So have all bond and equity markets. Systemic risk caused by European debt issues is the main reason. Which in turn affects global growth prospects. Banks are forced to de-leverage, making it more difficult for companies and indeed countries to access credit. Credit rating agencies sound warnings left right and centre, with Standard & Poor’s in their latest move warning that it might downgrade the credit rating of no less than 15 European countries.
WSTA has published a "wine investment guide". It is "published and maintained by the Wine and Spirit Trade Association. Its contents were drafted in consultation with a number of reputable UK wine merchants, retailers, brokers and law enforcement agencies. It is aimed at consumers who are considering investing in fine wines.
One swallow doesn’t make a summer but there are a few signs that Bordeaux prices might soon turn around:
Robert M. Parker, Jr., the world's foremost wine guru, makes 12 bold predictions about seismic changes that will influence how we'll shop, what we'll buy and how much we'll pay.
There’s always loads of noise and comments on blogs, websites and Twitter when Fine Wine prices are going up, often amounting to plugging one’s own business. As of the last month or 2 though, I have not seen many comments on the current state of affairs in the fine wine market, whilst there’s more need for that than ever. So we thought to have a stab at explaining the market and provide readers with some transparant, meaningful information.
Now that what seems to have been a very long summer break is over, it’s time to catch up.
Aussino clarifies Bordeaux position.