Wine, whisky and spirits market - 2013 auction review



2015-06-26 13:35:17

Wine, whisky and spirits market - 2013 auction review

All the key 2013 auction sales in the wine, whisky and spirits market

The Bordeaux market remained on life support in 2013 - still reeling from the crash of 2011, resulting in a drop of 0.9% during the first 11 months of the year, according to the Liv-ex index.

The top Burgundies fared better (DRC was up 6.9% to end of November), with Chinese bidders contributing significantly - Hong Kong saw a new world record set for a case of wine, by the 1978 Romanee-Conti.

Single malt Scotch whisky also fared well, with values for leading bottles up 39.5% pa since 2010 as the export market continued to grew.

Top wine, whisky and spirits sale of 2013

DRC vineyard Romanee Conti TheDRC vineyard produces some of the finest Burgundy

A case of DRC's 1978 Romanee-Conti achieved $477,000 in November - setting a new world record for a case of wine at auction. The lot was the latest in a series of strong sales for DRC this year.It achieved a 234% increase on a $142,598 estimate.

2013's important wine, whisky and spirits sales

Slave Rum oldest auction The slave rum was discovered in a basement in Leeds, UK

Six bottles of 1947 Chateau Cheval Blanc realised $84,000 in January. A vertical lot of Chateau Mouton Rothschild auctioned for $74,000 in January. A case of 1982 Chateau Petrus sold for $61,500 in September. October saw the sale of a collection of eight DRC vintages from 1993-2000 for $302,869. A barrel of 2013 Mersault-Genevrieres Premier Cru sold for $175,000 in November. The oldest rum ever sold, produced by slaves in Barbados in 1780, made $135,476 in December - up 594% on estimate.

It was a breakout year for

Super Tuscans continued to progress. They now hold a 3.3% market share - up 0.9% from 2010. The Liv-ex index reported that values have alsorisen by 18.6% in 2013.

It was a year to forget for

Rudy Kurniawan, a Los Angeles based dealer who faces up to 40 years in prison for counterfeiting wine.

One you may have missed

The Glenfiddich distillery Scotlands Glenfiddich distillery: producer of the worlds most valuable whisky

A bar in San Antonio began offering customers the opportunity to taste a 50-year-old Glenfiddich single malt for the price of $1,500 a dram.

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