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Chateau Latour 1996 (100 pts) @ £5,400 per 12x75cl
Chateau Latour 1996 (100 pts) @ £5,400 per 12x75cl

'This is as good as it gets.'
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Advocate

Key Points
  • £5,400 per 12x75cl.
  • 100 points Wine Advocate.
  • 1st Growth market benefitting most from current recovery.
    •  Liv-ex 50 up 8.0% over last four months; 5.88% year-to-date.
  • Trading at a discount to comparable Latour vintages.
    •  2010 @ £9,500.
    •  2009 @ £8,300.
    •  2000 @ £7,200.
    •  1982 @ £16,000.
    •  1961 @ £34,000.
  • Trading at a discount to previous market price.
    •  -30% from 2011 peak of £8,000.
  • Stabilised from mid-2014 to mid-2015.
    •  9.3% uptick experienced since January 2015.

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Tasting Notes

"Deep garnet-black in color [sic], the 1996 is classic Latour at its utmost. The nose offers a tantalizing array of complex notes including dried Chinese plums, toasted nuts, Indian spices and black olive tapenade over a core of dried cherries and aged meat. The palate is pure power that is stunningly balanced giving a generous level of fruit concentration perfectly offset by a high level of very finely grained tannins and seamless freshness. Possessing a finish that just goes on and on, this is as good as it gets."

Lisa Perrotti-Brown  |  Score: 100  |  In Asia #1112, Wine Advocate, Nov 2012

Investment Analysis

Bordeaux is on a roll, with the Bordeaux 500 index gaining 2.4% over March; the biggest month-on-month gain since February 2011 (the peak of the market) when it gained 3.0%.

This owed no small thanks to the Liv-ex Fine Wine 50 sub-index, which boasted 3.3% over the month having picked up pace following a 2015 low in November. The index has demonstrated 8.0% since then; and 5.9% year-to-date.

The table above illustrates performance of the major indices over the last 5 years, 1 year, YTD and MOM. This shows that the Liv-ex 50 (last 10 physical vintages of the five 1st Growths) is currently trading at the largest discount to the market peak (around mid-2011) but have seen the largest positive uptick this year.

Latour 1996 features in the Liv-ex 100 and Investables indices, both of which are tracking similar trends, although have done so with arguably greater stability to the younger vintages.

All indices are valued well-below their long-term trend and have maintained consecutive, positive movement for four months now. One main driver behind this is the current level of demand versus supply existing on Liv-ex. At the start of the year - and for the first time since mid-2010 - the total value of bids on the exchange overtook the total value of offers:

Comparable Vintages

Not only is the 1996 Latour trading at a significant discount from its own market peak price of £8,000 (over 30%), it represents the strongest value of all prime-vintages from the estate. The table below illustrates this with a simple POP comparison:


  • £5,400 per 12x75cl.
  • 100 points WA.
  • Over 30% discount from previous peak with strong uptick recently.
  • 1st Growth market currently demonstrating highest growth figures and attracting most demand.
  • 1996 represents best value of all prime-vintages for Latour.
We only have a modest allocation at UK market best and would therefore encourage our client base to contact their portfolio manager to secure this highly attractive option.
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