Mouton-Rothschild 2003 Reaches $5,180 Nine-Month High on Liv-ex

Julien de Beaumarchais de Rothschild
Julien de Beaumarchais de Rothschild, grandson of Baron Philippe de Rothschild. Source: Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA via Bloomberg

Jan. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 2003 climbed to its highest level for nine months on London’s Liv-ex wine market, with five cases selling for 3,295 pounds ($5,180) each, according to data on Liv-ex’s Cellar Watch website.

That was the most paid for that vintage of the Bordeaux first-growth wine on the exchange since April 13 last year, and was 24 percent up from a low of 2,661 pounds reached on Aug. 18, according to Liv-ex data.

As Chinese demand for premium Bordeaux approached its peak in October 2010, 20 cases of Mouton 2003 sold at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong in October 2010 for HK$84,700 ($10,900) each, more than double the current Liv-ex price.

The Liv-ex Fine Wine 50 index, comprising 10 recent vintages of the five Bordeaux left-bank first-growths, has risen 3 percent since the start of the year, after a drop of 9.7 percent in 2012.

Mouton 2003 is the fourth-biggest gainer in the Fine Wine 50 over the past year, behind Chateau Margaux 2001 and the Mouton 2002 and 1999 vintages, according to Liv-ex data. That’s based on merchant list prices in Europe surveyed by Liv-ex.

Mouton is run by Baron Philippe de Rothschild's heir Julien de Beaumarchais de Rothschild and his mother, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild.

Wines Gaining Most in Past 12 Months on Liv-ex Fine Wine 50

Producer           Vintage         % Change
                                 (12 months)

Margaux              2001           +6.8%
Mouton               2002           +5.2%
Mouton               1999           +4.7%
Mouton               2003           +1.5%

Wines Falling Most in Past 12 Months on Liv-ex Fine Wine 50

Producer           Vintage         % Change
                                 (12 months)

Mouton               2008            -26%
Haut Brion           2008            -24%
Lafite-Rothschild    2000            -22%
Lafite-Rothschild    2008            -22%

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