Burgundy wines

“Burgundy in 2020 is what winemakers, wine lovers and wine investors will remember as one of the best vintages ever… ”

– Andrea Marino, Cult Wines Senior Fine Wine Buyer

Is Burgundy a good investment in 2022?

With low supply and higher demand than ever, Burgundy has never been hotter - and the rally isn’t showing any signs of stopping just yet. Burgundy holds the second-largest share of the global wine market with around 20%, and bottles from the region’s most renowned producers regularly top the lists of the world’s most expensive wines. With historically strong returns and world renown, Burgundy is an essential addition to any wine portfolio.

Burgundy investment performance

From January to October of 2022, Burgundy achieved returns of 29%*. And in Q3 alone, Wine-Searcher data reported 4.7%* returns.

Domaine  Leroy, Musigny Grand Cru

With fewer than 100 cases produced per year, this Musigny is a true collector’s item and the pinnacle of Burgundian winemaking.

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Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Romanee-Conti Grand Cru

Historic, exclusive and desirable. One of the most enigmatic and emblematic names in the wine world that can inspire any committed enthusiast.

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Domaine Armand Rousseau Chambertin Grand Cru

The “Napoleon of wines” by one of Burgundy's most celebrated winemakers. This wine can easily age over 30 years in bottle.

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Domaine Georges Roumier Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru

Separately vinified and masterfully blended, Roumier shows us the true potential of Bonnes Mares by combining the fruits grown on its red and white soils.

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Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru

Arguably the most sought-after white Burgundy, this Chardonnay by Leflaive represents the pinnacle of Burgundian terroir and savoir-faire steeped in history.

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Domaine Olivier Bernstein Romanee St Vivant Grand Cru

Elegant and floral with luxurious fruit flavours, this RSV by star micro-negociant Olivier Bernstein will become more profound with the benefit of time.

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Best Burgundy investment wines in 2022

CultX’s three standout Burgundy wines in Q3 2022:

1. Domaine Leroy, Vosne-Romanee Premier Cru, Aux Brulees, 2013 +31.00%*
2. Domaine Michel Niellon, Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru, 2005 +10.80%*
3. Domaine Leroy, Vosne-Romanee, Aux Genaivrieres, 2011 +9.40%*

*Performance averaged across a selection of approximately 1700 wines  from the region.
Source: Pricing from Wine Searcher, as of 1 Oct 2022.

Rising stars in Burgundy

For such a geographically small region, there are a huge number of producers. With small yields and high demand, there are plenty of more speculative opportunities for investors to choose from.

These are the up-and-coming producers we’re watching closely right now.

How to add Burgundy to your wine portfolio

When you’re looking at investing in Burgundy, two of the most important factors to consider are brand and vintage.

Burgundy is home to many renowned superbrands, which can provide reliable returns; at the same time, there are up-and-coming and smaller negociants crafting exceptional products for significantly lower initial investments - and higher potential for appreciation.

In a balanced Burgundy portfolio, you’ll want to have bottles from both the established producers and well-regarded newcomers for the best chances of maximising your returns.

In terms of vintage, recent years have been regarded as particularly good for Burgundy. If you can secure a bottle from one of the superbrands, such as Romanee-Conti or Domaine Leroy, from a banner year like 2015, it’ll be incredible. These renowned producers are focused on using traditional techniques to bring out the best in their grapes and craft extremely limited quantities of wine that are nearly impossible for investors to secure.

At the same time, investors shouldn’t overlook the lesser-known producers - in good years, there’s already confidence in the vintage, so it’s worth looking beyond the best-known brands for new opportunities.

And even seemingly lesser vintages can present interesting opportunities for Burgundy investors. You could be able to pick up a bottle from a superbrand for a steal - and with consistent demand for these brands, it may provide attractive returns.

With CultX, you can enjoy access to Burgundy from iconic producers and up-and-coming producers alike. Choose the exact bottles you’d like to add to your portfolio, and track their performance directly from our app.

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“Global demand for top Burgundy wines has continued to be strong, with wealthy collectors buying to drink as well as to invest, say merchants… White wines were particularly in demand as savvy buyers anticipated shortages in the 2021 vintage, due to adverse weather conditions.”
Chris Mercer
Decanter.com

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