Finding stability with Champagne
Wine became a staple of the new working from home norm this week. Many shelves were emptied, and wine racks filled, in anticipation of being indoors for an extended period. Shoppers have since moved online to carry out additional purchases. Online retailer Naked Wines have even had to, reportedly, temporarily postpone orders to get a grip on the sales traffic. Those able to supply the online world are reaping the benefits.
The wholesale fine wine market is no different. We noted an increase in trade volumes and value, albeit at slightly lower price levels. The LX50 slipped 0.52% this week.
Dom Perignon 2008 was the most traded wine by value this week. "The best Dom since 2002," said critic James Suckling, awarding it 98 points. He added that the 2008 is "a vintage with very restrained, powerful style that has been released non-sequentially after the 2009."
Champagne has historically performed well in uncertain times. Indeed it was Winston Churchill's sickle of choice during wartime dinners. The Liv-ex Champagne 50 reflects that fortitude. The index held firm during the 2008-2009 financial crisis and remained so through the broader market downturn 2011-2014. As mainstream assets experience extreme levels of volatility, Champagne continues to hold steady.
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