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Market Updates

We are pleased to introduce our new Weekly Market Update.  Rather than focus on our larger, more in-depth market reports, we have decided to concentrate on bringing you more timely commentary on a more regular basis via these refreshingly short, one page documents. As ever, you can respond to this email or call any member of the Atlas Team with questions or comments. 


Weighing up the numbers

The major Liv-ex Indices continue their steady progress after a minor blip in early May [Fig 1]. Each spring we invariably expect the market to be becalmed as attention is diverted to the Bordeaux en Primeur campaign, while clients and merchants consider potential purchases from the new vintage. This year, however, the volume of trade has remained relatively constant with little sign of slow-down as we run up to t...

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Surveying the lie of the land

The major Liv-ex Indices all eased off a fraction last month, perhaps taking a breather before the en primeur season truly kicks off. In recent years, there has been some form of a pause in advance of the key May/June trading period. Irrespective of the pricing level for the new Bordeaux vintage, it places back vintages into context and initiates trade. If new releases do not seem favourable, it also frees up pote...

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Bordeaux: Falling temperatures, rising prices?

Given news from Bordeaux we received this morning, we have decided to release an addendum to this week’s market update. We have learned this morning that Bordeaux has been badly hit by frost, notably the Right Bank. Given how advanced the vines are on account of the warm Spring conditions, this is likely to lead to significant losses in terms of yield, as young buds will be killed by the cold temperatures. S...

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Differing Opinions, Differing Approaches

The principal Liv-ex Indices continue to inch along through comparatively calm April. Given that thus far this year, most of the talk has centred on the fortunes of Bordeaux and Burgundy, it is perhaps surprising to note that, to date, the leading component Indices within the Liv-ex 1000 are the Champagne 50 (up 5.56% YTD) and the Italy 100 (up 4.73% YTD). While many Bordeaux Château owners wait on the Wine ...

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All about Bordeaux, all in the balance

Apologies for not getting a Market Update to you last Monday. I have just returned from a week-long tasting in Bordeaux, having headed across with Atlas’ Head of Buying to taste before the masses. We will be releasing our commentary on the 2016 vintage in the next couple of days, but in brief, it suffices to say that we found it to be both a highly successful and highly fascinating vintage with great potenti...

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Changing Faces in Burgundy

As of today, the Liv-ex 50 stands at 343.34, four points ahead of the February market close. This reflects ongoing interest in the Bordeaux First Growths and crucially does not include the 2014 vintage, which has been the focus of much trade over the last month. 

Elsewhere, we learned that Laurent Ponsot has left Domaine Ponsot in Morey St. Denis to set up a négociant business with his son...

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