Italian wines are currently accounting for almost 5% of trade on the exchange. Trading at £950 per 12×75 case on Liv-ex, Sassicaia 2009 (LWIN 1102037) in particular seems to have caught the buyers’ interest.  

Its success can be attributed to its relative affordability compared to the wine’s other vintages: as shown in the table below, the 2009 is the second cheapest of Sassicaia’s last nine wines, and only £80 more than the lesser-regarded 2005.

Describing the 2009 as as ‘Very interesting – sweet and lush and mulberry-like’, Jancis Robinson scored the wine 18 points – the same as the 2007, which is £200 more expensive. James Suckling was even more effusive, scoring the wine 98 and describing it as 'the new 1985'.