This year's decidedly underwhelming En Primeur campaign appears to be prompting buyers to look elsewhere. Italy's share of monthly turnover rose from 1.1% in April to a nine-month high of 4.5% in May. Sassicaia (LWIN 1102037), Tignanello (LWIN 1095391) and Ornellaia (LWIN 1102024) all saw steady trade throughout the month, but it was Solaia (LWIN 1095388) that really lifted the region's share of turnover.
Where the Bordeaux 2011 vintage offers buyers little incentive to part with their money, vintages of Solaia that have received 95 points or more from the Wine Spectator are available at £100 per bottle – or less. This can be seen from the table below. The 2003 (WS 95) in particular catches the eye at £950, as does the 97-point 2006, which is currently offered on Liv-ex at £1,100. Trading members of Liv-ex can view live markets here.
All prices are for 12x75cl cases stored in bond.