Passion, knowing investments, foresight and a good canteen are the fundamental qualities you need to be a great wine investor. There are many reasons to follow this path such as higher return rates compared to most commodities (i.e. coffee, gold, petrol) and a great Sharpe Ratio. Great wines are real economic assets, as long as you know which ones to invest your money in. Here is a list of top five wines with which you can never go wrong!
This is possibly the most famous “investment wine”, and it ages strikingly well. One reason for this is the ground composition in the area. Since it is very clay-rich (especially in Haut-Médoc), tannins can be developed in the wine. Tannins are a key element in ageing wine well! Moreover, the kind of grapes used in the area, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, naturally contain plenty of tannins.
Château Cheval Blanc
This wine comes from the most western side of the Saint-Émilion area, at the border with the Pomerol. The estate started in 1832, and in a short time it reached great success, winning two gold medals from the Paris and London exhibitions, in 1862 and 1867 respectively. These still appear today on its label, making it immediately recognisable among thousands. The estate was the property of the historical Laussac-Fourcaud family until 1998, the year in which the château was bought by Bernard Arnault and Albert Frére, who inserted Pierre Lurton, director of the Château D’Yquem, as its head.
Year after year, the Château Cheval Blanc has conquered wine lovers with its unique taste that the wine taste of the cabernet franc can give. For it seems that this type of grape shines best when it grows in sandy or clay-based areas, exactly like those on the Château Cheval Blanc. The wines from the area join aromatic notes with mineral tastes in a fascinating and complex mix.
Brunello Di Montalcino
A Brunello Di Montalcino Soldera Riserva Case Basse is considered one of the best wines in Italy and in the world, after what happened on the night of the 2nd December 2012, when an ex-employee snuck in the canteen and destroyed six years of the precious wine. The quotes for Brunello di Gianfranco Soldera had a wild peak, with buying proposals up to $1,300 per bottle. We cannot foretell the the height of its prices, since the next bottles to enter the market won’t appear until 2019. The only problem is that it’s almost impossible to find bottles of it!
Another good Brunello di Montalcino is the Riserva Biondi Santi, one of the best examples of Brunello di Montalcino in the world.
Sassicaia Tenuta San Guido
It’s arguable that oenology, as we know it today, wouldn’t exist without the famous Sassicaia. It’s now highly produced, so you have to aim for really incredible years of production, like the 2006 bottle (it was awarded a score of 97 out of 100 by renowned wine critic Robert Parker). At its birth, it was thought that red wines could not mature well from grapes that grew by the seaside, but a certain Incisa, lover of Bordolese wine, thought differently. He met someone who agreed with him when he partnered with the Duke Salviati, who grew Cabernet Sauvignon. And it is exactly Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that were planted in the Bolgheri area, just far enough from the seaside to avoid an excess of saltiness. The first vineyard started in 1944 and was 350 metres above the sea. It was called “Sassicaia” from the Italian “sasso”, “stone, rock”, which refers to the rocky nature of the ground. This wine really took off in the 1960s, witnessing great success in ’65, ’66, ’67 and ’68.
Barolo Monfortino Riserva di Giacomo Conterno
This is a circular cheque, capable of multiplying its worth if you have the patience to wait a few years. This wine begins to express extraordinary aromas after around 15 years from the harvest, so seven to eight years after the beginning of its commercial circulation. Its longevity is basically endless. Another great Barolo to look out for is Le Rocche del Falletto Bruno Giacosa, a wine produced and released in tiny quantities. The 2000 and 2001 vintages retail at around £1,600 per case!