The steady rise of the second wines
The price gap between the First Growths and their second wines has continued to shrink. Twelve years ago, it was possible to buy 5.6 bottles of second wines for every bottle of the Grand Vin on average. This ratio has now halved to 2.8, pointing to the steady rise of the seconds.
The biggest price increase over this period can be observed in the performance of Carruades Lafite; back in January 2007, you could buy 6.1 bottles of Carruades Lafite for the price of Lafite Rothschild. Nowadays, this would get you 2.2.
On a brand level, Petit Mouton remains the most expensive second wine relative to its first: one can get less than two bottles of it for the price of the Grand Vin.
Petit Mouton has been among the top performers of the Bordeaux 500 index over one year: while the Bordeaux 500 has dipped 1%, the Petit Mouton index - reflecting the price movements of the ten most recent physical vintages - has increased by 6%.
Despite significant price volatility, Clarence Haut Brion continues to carry the lowest price tag and is the cheapest compared to its first wine. On average, it is possible to buy 3.9 bottles of Clarence for each bottle of Haut Brion. Compare this to the wine's value in July 2007 when you could get 9 bottles of it for the price of its first.
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