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Welcome to Wine and Whiskey Insider for May 11, 2022 – FREE Edition.

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Wine and Whiskey in 2022

Wine on fractional marketplace Rally has rebounded, though a significant number of the assets on the platform remain undervalued by an average of 33% relative to the valuations on both Wine Searcher and Liv-Ex.

All stats come from assets trading on secondary markets at Otis, Collectable, and Rally

The fractional market seems to have not caught up to the real world as fine wines continue to head up and to the right in the Liv-Ex 1000. The rate of acceleration is slowing ever so slightly, but I wouldn’t be against wine just yet.

Liv-Ex 1000, Courtesy Liv-Ex

Speaking of up and to the right, whisky continues its march upward, setting another all-time high last month.

Courtesy Liv-ex

Just worth bearing in mind that while both these asset classes continue to outperform mostly everything, dips happen, and they happen relatively frequently. Declines of 20% have been common over the last fifteen years.

This is the Liv-Ex 100 rather than Liv-Ex 1000, but you get the point

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Fractional secondary markets

Pretty quiet on the wine and whisky front on Rally with only one asset moving double digits. 2006 Giacomo Conterno Monfortino (12 bottles) advanced 24% on very low volume.

Auctions

Sotheby’s closed a huge auction last week, and it fully backed up the up-and-right trend we see above. The top 21 lots (by pre-auction estimate) beat their maximum estimate, led by three “voluptuous” 1L bottles of La Tâche 1990 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, which sold for $212k (over $70k each).

Voluptuous

Twelve standard bottles from the same vintage (also “voluptuous”) went for nearly 150% more than the high estimate, hammering at $150k once the smoke had cleared.

Proving there’s still some inefficiency in the high-end wine markets, two 1/2 cases sold for $68,750 and $52,500.

A jaw-dropping (and mouth-watering) case of Romanée-Conti 1988 was left on the shelf the week prior when Bonham’s featured it as the centerpiece of its Fine & Rare Wines and Spirits auction. The high estimate was £350k ($430k).

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Assets dropping on fractional marketplaces

Mouth-watering

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Deep Dive

About Chateau Lafite Rothschild

Looks very French and expensive

Lafite dates back nearly a thousand years, with its first mention being a (probably) plump abbot named Gombaud de Lafite.

It was arranged as a proper vineyard in the 17th century and was a favorite of French king Louis XV and American president Thomas Jefferson.

It’s now run by a sixth-generation Rothschild named Saskia.

The average age of vines used in the Grand Vin (the stuff on offer at Vint) is around 45 years old and they tend to live up to 80 years.

About the Wines

This is a vertical collection ranging from 2010 to 2019 that includes one twelve-bottle case from each year.

Despite a slight dip in quality from 2011 to 2013, the wines receive mostly excellent reviews.

Pretty, pretty good.

Perhaps unsurprising that the vintages during the 2011 to 2013 lull average significantly lower returns than the rest of the set.

Average one-year returns of 17%

Price Analysis

Lafite commands a significant premium relative to the other four First Growth vineyards in Bordeaux due to its brand and the wine’s quality. It ranks second on the Liv-Ex Brand Power Index and is the top Bordeaux.

I went through wine-searcher.com to review current offers for each of the ten vintages, taking the third-lowest option (to account for availability, since you’d need to buy twelve of each), and the total value came out to just shy of $90k.

Conclusions

[INSIDERS ONLY]

Wine and Spirits Auctions this Week

It looks like bottles of engine oil

If you like soy sauce and getting drunk (and have a tremendous amount of disposable income), Sotheby’s has the auction for you. Their vintage Moutai auction closes this week with two cases of “Sun Flower” Kweichow Moutai estimated to fetch between £200k to £450k.

If whisky is your thing, Bonhams is running an auction on super-premium Scotch led by a bottle of Laphroaig-15 year old-1967, which is estimated to go for between €28,000 – €38,000.

Donate £5 To Support Ukraine

If your tastes run slightly less expensive, Big Peat distillery is giving away one bottle of Islay blended malt scotch whisky in exchange for a £5 donation to the Disaster Emergency Committee’s Ukrainian Humanitarian Appeal.

That’s all for this week.

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Cheers,

Wyatt

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Wyatt Cavalier

Wyatt Cavalier

With a background in finance & intelligence analysis, Wyatt has an unhealthy obsession with finding the best blue chip investment opportunities. His previous newsletter, Fractional, resonated deeply with subscribers, bringing actionable insights and unconventional trading strategies. His rare book collection specializes in banned editions. He currently lives in Spain with his beautiful wife, three young boys, and dog Monty.

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