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Wine Futures

By Robert Bohr
The futures market exists only in Bordeaux. Buyers need to compare the track records of great vintages from the various châteaux. What’s going to drive the wine’s future value is how well it was scored by experts in relation to vintages in its immediate age range. Weather conditions also play a role: not too hot, not too cold, not too humid, not too dry, not too windy. About three times a decade wines hit this kind of sweet spot where they’re really great. Next, you need to make sure that whatever international retailer you’re buying from has a history of actually delivering the goods, even if it means paying a bit more. Also, you’d like the shipping conditions to be ideal, that is to say refrigerated, so you don’t end up with a damaged product. You have the ability to request certain bottle sizes. If your spouse doesn’t drink wine, half-bottles are great. If you’re someone who likes to entertain, large bottles are a possibility. Magnums and half-bottles carry a premium on the secondary market. Magnums are also ideal aging vessels.

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