Service

First Growth Bordeaux offers private clients a specialist, personal advisory for their purchase of wines to lay down as well as a full consultancy on the development of valuable collections for an eventual resale. Our approach aims to develop an understanding and enjoyment for buying prestige collections whilst building portfolios that, over a mid-term cycle of 5-10 years, can be considered for an exit for (hopefully!) profit. If taking wine from collections to enjoy we will assist a re-purchasing to new vintages and then start the process again.

Our core offer:

•    collection planning and stock selection advice
•    managing private reserves
•    all broking services

When planning a wine collection, we emphasise a balanced mix of highly collectable aged wines with new vintages that are available En Primeur*. We advise a mix of vintages, labels and regions to establish collections whose values are:

A/ robust with low price volatility
B/ able to deliver genuine value growth over the mid-term

We take great care to deliver a highly personalised service that manages each wine acquisition whilst offering a sociable side to developing collections via:

•    vertical tastings (@FGB main office) with guest MW’s
•    menu-matching wine events with professional guest winemakers and chefs
•    a wine tour consultancy for Bordeaux, the Languedoc, Burgundy, Ribeiro Del Duero and Sonoma
•    international wine club and wine cellar membership

We hope you enjoy our service and are always available to answer all enquiries;
write to grapes@firstgrowthbordeaux.co.uk

Collectors of wine can see their product lines gain value as well as lose value. The international buyer demand influences prices on the very best wines and many factors contribute to that demand. Therefore we do not advise the wine market to someone as a pure and simple profit driving investment. It should be seen for what it is, collecting cases of 12 bottles of wine, whose values are determined by factors out of the control of the wine trader.  Enjoy the process!

*Year on year we take a more measured view on the merits of En Primeur buying as the price setters, particularly in Bordeaux, have altered their strategies. In many instances this has lent to high release pricing so for those clients that insist on buying at early release we will assist the process and refine the traditional decision-making in order to find value for the portfolio.

News

5th June 15
Italian wine gaining more share of fine wine market; Sassicaia 2009 with 4.4% share alone.

18th May 15
Mr Vine, the free UK wine app for buying classy everyday wine for door delivery, is now live on the app store - its getting an amazing reaction across the wine trade!

7th May 15
Election day. Will we end up with a 7 Party coalition?!

29th Apr 15
Bordeaux En Primeur release well underway for the 2014 vintage; some reasonable start-pricing by the French sellers but a further cut of circa 5% to 10% was what the trade wished for.. C'est pas formidable!

4th Feb 15
Wine prices struggle but hints of an upturn in demand as buying for Chinese NY influences market

10th Dec 14
Low fine wine demand and the growth in more discerning international buyers has seen a year of price falls

6th Sept 13
Warwick Ross & David Roach’s entertaining Film/documentary ‘Red Obsession’ opens in New York today: covering Chinese Billionaires’ insatiable demand for the world’s most expensive wines

12th Jul 13
A six-litre Methuselah of Romanee-Conti 1989 DRC will go into Sotheby's Hong Kong auction this September with an upper estimate of HK$800,000!

30th May 13
2013 late BDX crop development could point to delayed harvest.. another tricky vintage? Far too early to call..

19th May 13
After a softer 2012, wine prices recover with 5.9 pc this year as gold bullion slid 17 pc

15th May 13
Q1 buying spree halted by 2012 release, June set for gains on cased stocks

11th Dec 12
Robert Parker sells significant stake in Wine Advocate and steps down as Editor, with new editorial focus for Far East

6th Dec 12
Hong Kong's King Power Group buys Bordeaux property Chateau Bernadotte from Champagne heavyweight Louis Roederer

24th Nov 12
Good luck to Aymeric de Gironde, former AXA Millesimes commercial director who takes over from Monsieur Prats at Cos today

16th Nov 12
Touch Invest (New York) appoints First Growth Bordeaux as commentator on wine portfolio trading; visit www.touchinvest.com

11th Sept 12
Wine market firms up: Christies Hong Kong - auction season starts with 100% of reserve prices hit

7th Sept 12
New St Emilion Classification: Pavie and Angelus are portfolio tips as they join Ausone and Cheval Blanc as Premier Cru 'A' Chateaux

21st June 12
Pichon Baron one to watch having outperfomed the Left Bank average Jun11-Jun12 (liv-ex)

25th May 12
London International Wine Fair's star stand: "Wines of Chile"

18th May 12
Pontet Canet demand most popular for BDX 2011 releases

26th April 12
2011 En Primeurs all release above 2008 prices

23rd April 12
Lafite's 2011 marked down, UK average price £5400

20th April 12
Buying activity on cased Latours increases

19th April 12
Latour's 2012 vintage will be last sold En Primeur!

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