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The Real Cost of Becoming an Oenophile

By Judith Sjo-Gaber - 2011-12-08T16:39:51Z

Photograph by Tim Graham

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Bordeaux Futures

Bordeaux futures allow you to buy wine after it's made but before it's bottled, according to Ritchie of Sotheby's. It can be cheaper than waiting for the wine to hit store shelves. Example: A Chateau Latour June 2001 future sold for $250 per bottle. By June 2006 it was worth $650, according to As with other futures, it's also possible to lose your investment if prices for your chosen vintage should drop.

$150: Six popular 2010 Bordeaux futures include Chateau La Vieille Cure Fronsac, for delivery in 2013, with "notes of kirsch liqueur." Also, a Cha teau Chasse-Spleen Moulis for delivery in 2013, noted for its "impressive depth and length" -- Gordon's Fine Wines & Liquors, Waltham, Mass.

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