Monthly Archives: September 2012

Record-Setting Auction Season Shows Bordeaux is Back


Acker Merrall & Condit Companies, one the world’s most prominent wine auctioneers, broke wine sale records in Hong Kong recently with the results of their auction on September 21st and 22nd. This fall’s auction season has kicked off to an exciting start, with eight auctions already netting over $30 million in the month of September alone.

Saint-Émilion Re-Classification Rocks the Right Bank


After eighteen months of work supervised by the Institut National des Appellations d’Origine, or INAO, the re-classification of the Bordeaux wine region Saint-Émilion has been approved. For wine investors, the most interesting change is the promotion of Château Pavie and Château Angélus to the highest possible rank. According to an INAO statement, the upgrade was granted in recognition of “their consistency in quality and their quest for excellence.” The Saint-Émilion appellation previously only held two Premier grand cru classé A wines: Château Ausone and Château Cheval Blanc. The addition of two more wines to the highest Saint-Émilion grading is surely the result of improvements in viticulture , which have led to an increase in the frequency of great vintages in recent years.



As money-printing and inflation threaten to devalue the US dollar, diversifying your investment portfolio with Silver, Wine, Art or Gold—a collection of alternative investments that author Joe Roseman has dubbed “SWAG”—may be a very wise decision. SWAG has been described by Reuters as “real assets that just might outperform if official policy causes the money supply to surge.

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