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Best Investment Wines

Best Investment Wines in 2022

In this guide we share our views on the best wines for investment in 2022 to help you make informed investment decisions for your portfolio.

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CultX Team - Wine Investment Specialists
19/08/2022

The Fine Wine market in 2022

2021 was a good year for Fine Wine. The market gained 19.08%* and posted positive returns each month. This strong performance led some investors to fear that momentum would wane in 2022.

However, these concerns have proven unfounded and the market is demonstrating the resilience to macro-economic factors that attracts many of its proponents as an investment asset.

As of the end of Q1 2022, excluding commodities, the Fine Wine market has outperformed most major markets, including the FTSE100 and Dow Jones. Burgundy and Champagne continue to shine, with Louis Roederer, Cristal 2008 topping the trading charts by value.

The unique situation within which global markets have operated since the pandemic struck in 2020 makes predicting how any asset class will perform difficult. But, as we head towards the end of Q2 2022 and the mood across almost every global market is dark, Fine Wine has remained relatively  immune with continued solid performance.

Why is Fine Wine performing so well?

Wine’s position as both a diminishing asset, and one where capital appreciation comes over a long period of time as bottles age to maturity, means that price volatility is very low. The resulting resistance to macro-economic fluctuations, gives Fine Wine a serious advantage over both mainstream financial products and most other alternative investment asset classes.

The question many investors are now asking is where the opportunities lie for the remainder of 2022, what are the upcoming wine investment trends and which are the best wines to buy for investment.

Contents

  1. Which wines should I invest in for 2022?
    • Bordeaux 500 – 10.47%% returns in 20211
    • Burgundy 150 – 31.01%% returns in 20211
    • Champagne 50 – 41.49% returns in 20211
    • Rhone 100 – 14.42% returns in 20211
    • Italy 100 – 13.87% returns in 20211
    • Rest of World 60 – 22.40% returns in 20211
  2. Why invest in wine in 2022?
  3. What to consider when investing in wine
  4. Why invest in wine with CultX

Which wines should I invest in for 2022?

When deciding which wines to invest in, you’ll want to consider both your own goals for returns and the way each region’s unique offerings could help you achieve those.

Whether you’re drawn to legendary Old World wines from areas like Bordeaux and Burgundy, or the rising stars of the New World coming out of territories like the Maipo Valley in Chile or South Africa’s emerging wine region, Elim, there’s an option that will meet your personal criteria for risk and reward.

To help you decide, we’ve provided key details, and noted a few of our top wine investment picks for each region below:

Bordeaux 500 Index – 10.47% returns in 20211

  • Market mainstay
    Bordeaux has long held the largest proportion of the global wine market – 40% trade share by value in 20212

  • Liquidity
    As part of the largest global wine market, Bordeaux is easy to buy, sell, and trade

  • Stable
    Bordeaux has the lowest annualised standard deviation of monthly returns at 3.77%2

    Scarcity
    Difficult growing conditions 2021 have led to below-average volumes of production – this year’s bottles could become especially valuable.

“Exhibiting the balance and style of a vintage of the 1990s, but benefiting from all the agronomic progress and technical savoir faire of the present, the best 2021 reds are better than anyone could have dared to hope.”
William Kelley
The Wine Advocate

Our top picks:

  • Château Mouton Rothschild – An icon of fine wine. 95-96/100

  • Château Cheval Blanc – A Saint-Émilion institution. 95-97/100

  • Château Palmer – First Growth-quality wines by a top Super Second producer. 95-97/100

  • Château Figeac – A CultX favourite. Likely to be promoted to Premier Grand Cru Classé A status in 2022. 94-97/100

  • Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion – Top performer over the last decade. 94-97/100

Burgundy 150 Index – 31.01% returns in 20211

“From the barrel this is looking like a remarkably successful vintage across the board… With both ripeness and freshness in both colours, it’s a buy!”
Jancis Robinson
Jancisrobinson.com

Our top picks:

  • Domaine Leflaive Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru – By an Iconic producer, already considered a top white wine of the vintage. 94/100

  • Sylvain Cathiard, Vosne Romanee Les Suchots Premier Cru – Exemplary red Burgundy from an Iconic producer, made from grapes considered Grand Cru quality. 94/100

  • Domaine du Comte Liger Belair, Vosne Romanee Aux Reignots Premier Cru – Red Burgundy by an Iconic producer. 97/100

  • Domaine Perrot-Minot Chambertin Grand Cru – Tier 1 red Burgundy already hailed as a classic. 95/100

  • Domaine Michel Lafarge, Volnay Les Caillerets Premier Cru – Red Burgundy by a top Tier 2 producer. 94/100

  • Charles Van Canneyt Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru – An up-and-coming white Burgundy at the forefront of the ‘micro-negociant’ trend.

Champagne 50 Index – 41.49% returns in 20211

Our top picks:

  • Bollinger, La Grande Année – Prestige champagne produced only when the harvest reaches perfection

  • Taittinger, Comtes de Champagne – Luxury icon highly regarded in both its Blanc de Blancs and rosé iterations

  • Louis Roederer, Cristal – Mainstay of hip hop lyrics and high-end events, produced only in the years its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes achieve perfect maturity

  • Moët & Chandon, Dom Perignon – Synonymous with luxury around the world, highly sought-after in both its Vintage and Vintage Rosé versions

And Grower Champagne producers to watch:

  • Jacques Selosse
  • Egly-Ouriet
  • Ulysse Collin
  • Agrapart

Rhone 100 Index – 14.42% returns in 20211

“Simply put, this number of back to back to back to back (to back) vintages has never occurred in living memory. Two years? Sure. Three years? Rarely. But four and likely five years? Never.”
Joe Czerwinski
Wine Advocate

Our picks for producers:

  • Jean-Louis Chave – Northern Rhône producer since 1481 whose Chave Cuvee Cathelin has achieved multiple 100/100 scores

  • Domaine Rene Rostaing – Northern Rhône producer well-known for showcasing the best the Côte Rôtie has to offer

  • Château Rayas – Southern Rhône institution founded in 1880, an icon of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC

  • Vieux Télégraphe - Southern Rhône producer renowned for their Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines

Italy 100 Index – 13.87% returns in 20211

“Napa Valley experienced two stunning back-to-back vintages in 2018 and 2019, the likes of which I have never seen.”
Antonio Galloni
Vinous

Our picks:

  • Opus One 2018 – California, 98/100

  • Verite la joie 2018 – California, 98/100

  • Verite la muse 2018 – California, 100/100

  • Almaviva 2019 – Chile, 95+/100

  • Cheval des Andes – Argentina, 98/100

Why invest in wine in 2022?

What to consider when investing in wine

When asking yourself what is the best wine to invest in, there are several criteria to take into account.

Your budget: Consider your needs and choose the bottles with the greatest potential for the returns you want

Storage & cellaring: How will you store your wine over the long term? Proper wine storage and location influence quality and hence value and ease of sale. At Cult Wines, we store all wine in our own state-of-the-art London City Bond warehouse, which is one of the biggest wine hubs in the world.

Producer renown: Bottles from well-regarded producers with proven track records of quality vintages are always in demand. With dedicated audiences, these wines are generally easier to sell on – and for greater returns.

A global outlook: Diversify with a mix of established regions, like Bordeaux or Burgundy, and emerging areas, like Italy or Argentina. Choose an array of styles and varietals for a well-rounded portfolio that’ll see different benefits both long- and short-term.

Why invest in wine with CultX

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** Past performance is not indicative of future success; the performance was calculated in GBP and will vary in other currencies. Any investment involves risk of partial or full loss of capital. The Cult Wines Index is a hypothetical tool. The results depicted here are not based on actual trading and do not account for the annual management fees that may be charged to a Cult Wines customer which ranges from 2.95% to 2.25% depending on the size of the portfolio, and there is no guarantee of similar performance with an investor’s particular portfolio.

1From January to June of 2022, the Liv-ex Burgundy 150* achieved returns of 23.90%. And in Q2 alone, the index saw 8.09% returns.

https://www.wineinvestment.com/learn/reports/fine-wine-investment-outlook-2022/
2https://www.wineinvestment.com/learn/reports/bordeaux-en-primeur-2021-report/
3https://www.wineinvestment.com/learn/reports/burgundy-report-2020/
4https://www.wineinvestment.com/learn/reports/champagne-investment-report2021/
5https://www.wineinvestment.com/learn/reports/rhone-investment-report-2021/
6https://www.wineinvestment.com/learn/reports/italy-investment-report-2021/
7https://www.wineinvestment.com/learn/reports/emerging-markets-and-us-report-2021/
*https://www.liv-ex.com/news-insights/indices/

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