Top performers from Years of the Dog

Posted by Rachel England on 14 February 2018

Top performers from Years of the Dog

In honour of the swiftly-approaching Chinese New Year, and the forthcoming Year of the Dog, Liv-ex has examined the current market position of First Growth wines from previous dog zodiac years – namely 1970, 1982, 1994 and 2006.

The 1982, which has enjoyed much acclaim, is one of the best performers. As Liv-ex notes, Lafite Rothschild 1982 currently commands £36,000 per case in bond, while a single imperial of the wine traded for an eye-watering £22,000 last year.

However, Lafite is not the top-scoring wine from the year. While it was rated 97+ by Robert Parker, both Latour (£20,000) and Mouton Rothschild (£11,500) received perfect 100-point scores from the critic, while Margaux (£9,600) scored 98.

Points, therefore, are not the primary driver behind prices here. As the Liv-ex data shows, the cheapest ‘dog vintage’ is Margaux 1970, which currently costs £2,724 per 12 and scored just 80 points from Neal Martin. Haut Brion’s 1970 offering, meanwhile, scored 92 points from the same critic, and costs just £35 more.

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