Liv-ex most wanted: top 10 wines by merchant location

The most wanted wines this year – based on visits to individual wine pages (IWPs) from January to July – differ depending on Liv-ex members’ location.

On a brand level (LWIN7*), Lafite Rothschild is the most popular wine among merchants in the UK, Europe and Asia. The latter has historically led demand for the label.

Another First Growth is the most viewed wine by US merchants – Margaux, which has moved up since last year’s rankings and taken the top spot from Pontet Canet.

Similar to last year, Europe remains the only region to include the Right Bank’s Figeac and Angelus in its most visited IWP. For the first time, a Champagne – Louis Roederer, Cristal – also makes up the region’s rankings.

As the table below shows, another Champagne, Moet & Chandon Dom Perignon, has taken the third spot in the UK’s most viewed wines.

On a vintage level (LWIN11), however, Dom Perignon 2008 leads the UK rankings. Lafite Rothschild 2016 (JS 100, JD 100) tops the most viewed wines in both Asia and Europe, while Pontet Canet 2010 (RP 100) is the most viewed wine in the USA once again.

Sassicaia 2015, Wine Spectator’s wine of 2018, continues to be the only Italian wine in the ten most visited IWPs, driven by interest from European merchants.

In line with rising Burgundy trade, Domaine Ponsot, Clos Roche Vv 2016 is among the most viewed wines in the UK. Mouton Rothschild 2016, which received the perfect 100 points from a number of critics including Neal Martin, Jeb Dunnuck, James Suckling and Lisa Perrotti-Brown has also been very popular in both Europe and the UK.

* LWIN is a universal wine identifier that corresponds to details of a selected wine. For example, LWIN7 is a seven-digit number that correlates to a wine name, e.g. Lafite Rothschild. LWIN11 is an 11-digit number that considers both the wine name and the vintage, e.g. Mouton Rothschild 2014. For more information on LWIN, please click here.

Top 10 traded wines by value in 2019: Cristal 2006 leads

Louis Roederer Cristal 2006 has been the top traded wine so far this year, accounting for 1.6% of the total trade value. The Champagne house was also the top traded wine label in 2018, with its 2008 vintage being the most traded wine on Liv-ex overall that year.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, a number of wines in the table are also from the 2016 Bordeaux vintage that became physical earlier this year. Two 2016 First Growths placed in the top ten: Mouton Rothschild 2016 ranked in second place, while Lafite Rothschild 2016 came in fourth.

Mouton Rothschild was the only wine from the 2016 vintage that was awarded 100 points by five leading critics (Jeb Dunnuck, James Suckling, Neal Martin, Antonio Galloni and Lisa Perrotti-Brown). In their tasting notes, Suckling said that it was “one of the most powerful Moutons ever for me”, while Dunnuck added that it is a “truly profound, magical, blockbuster wine in every sense”.

In third place was another 2016: Cos d’Estournel. The wine was one of six to receive a perfect 100 points from Neal Martin back in January. At the time, we reported that in light of Neal Martin’s score, the wine was significantly below the price implied by our ‘Fair Value’ methodology.

Shortly after his scores were published, the wine saw a flurry of activity on Liv-ex and went on to trade at an all-time high of £1,847 per 12×75. It last traded at £1,676 per 12×75, up 19.7% on its release price (£1,400).

In fifth place was the “fabulous” Dom Perignon 2008. The Champagne was released back in January and instantly saw demand on Liv-ex: it traded at £1,400 per 12×75, before settling back to its opening level of £1,240.

Other than Champagne and Bordeaux, the only other region to feature in the top ten was Burgundy – Domaine Ponsot Clos Roche Vv 2016 placed sixth.

A selection of Bordeaux wines from ‘great’ vintages (2000, 2005, and 2010) also made the top ten.