From Barrel to Bottle
Whilst the 2015 and 2016 vintages are still lying patiently in their barrels, we thought it would be useful to look into the most recently bottled vintage, 2014 and how it becoming physical affected the value of the wines.
With the unpredictable weather experienced during the growing season of 2014, many critics were anticipating a repeat of the disastrous 2013, where a large number of buyers overlooked En Primeur (EP) week entirely. Luckily, after an unseasonably warm winter and cold, wet summer, the sun pulled its act together and supplied sunlight ample enough to grow and nourish the vines and their fruit. Whilst 2014 didn’t hit the astronomic highs of the golden years of 2009 & 2010, it was the best since. Keen pricing by the Bordelais, designed to win back disgruntled buyers after the disastrous overpricing of the poor 2013 vintage, meant that there was and is real value to be found in the 2014 wines.
Having been met with warm, if not overwhelming, praise by critics and buyers alike, the 2014 vintage quickly moved into the background as excitement abounded regarding the promising signs for a super 2015 vintage. Early this year, the 2014 wines were bottled and re-rated by the top critics who found charming offerings and, in nearly all cases, hugely undervalued wines at that. As the wines have been traded physically, their value has appreciated handsomely and so this post will look at the investment opportunities offered by wines about to be bottled and how our members might make the most of the process.
Below is a list of wines purchased from the 2014 EP vintage, along with their release prices and Neal Martin’s rating.