So the Bordeaux 2009 en primeur season finally ends in July with the release of the now fabled Chateau Lafite-Rothschild. Second tranche price – a shade under £14,000 [$21,000]. So the Bordeaux market is now in truly uncharted financial waters – this is surely a record price en primeur save of course for Petrus and Le Pin, though price comparisons are unfair as these are produced in such comparatively small volumes.
On that basis, and of the current case prices of Duhart-Milon at £1000 [$1500] and Carruades at £2700 [$4000] – just affording the three sample bottles of Lafite, Duhart and Carruades in the photo above would set you back over £1500 [$2250]. Personally I’m not quite sure what to make of it all. Suddenly London merchant Berry Brothers and Rudd’s prediction of the first £1million case of wine by 2050 looks like a prediction that will come true sooner rather than later….