In 2013 the Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 index fell for the third consecutive year. While this is an unprecedented event for the fine wine market, it should be noted that the yearly declines are themselves declining: the Liv-ex 100 fell 14.9% in 2011, 8.9% in 2012, and 1.4% in 2013. It closed December on 257.15, down 0.5%. Meanwhile the Liv-ex Fine Wine 50 fell 1.2% in December to close the month on 239.09, a decline of 3.0% in 2013.
Broader Bordeaux indices performed better: the Liv-ex Bordeaux 500 index fell 0.7% in December, leaving it with a gain of 0.8% for the year, while the Liv-ex Investables fell 0.4%, leaving it with a gain of 0.1%. Full Liv-ex index levels can be seen here.
Champagne was once again at the top of the monthly Liv-ex 100 movers’ table, with Cristal 2004 reaching a record high for the year. Elsewhere, typical year-end volatility on light volumes meant that price movements were relatively arbitrary.