We mentioned yesterday on the blog that the Super Seconds have seen increased demand over the past few months – but to what extent? The index below tracks the price movement of the last ten physical vintages of the Super Seconds since January 2004. After finally eclipsing its 2008 high in June, it seems that price growth began to accelerate in the latter half of 2010. In December, the Super Second Index recorded a rise of 3.3 per cent – its largest increase in 32 months.

Super Second Index

Whilst the index’s progress doesn’t match that of the Premier Crus (which rose in value by 57 per cent last year, compared to 18 per cent for the Super Seconds) the wines are clearly benefiting from their unofficial status as First-Growth pretenders. A closer look at each brand reveals that Lynch Bages, Pontet Canet and Ducru Beaucaillou have proven to be the best investments over the past year. (Interest appears to be spread relatively evenly across vintages.) The table below shows the wines that have posted the largest returns.

Super Seconds YOY

All prices are for 12x75cl cases stored in bond.