Earlier in August, we looked at the 50 most viewed wines on Liv-ex in 2016. Lafite Rothschild topped the table, with the other First Growths and strong brands including Pontet Canet and Lynch Bages close behind. New entrants included Krug and Gruaud Larose.
On an individual wine level, the story is similar. Haut Brion 2012 has been the most viewed, though the Chateau’s next most popular vintages – 2005 and 2009 – are down in 14th and 24th place. Four Lafite Rothschild vintages appear among the top ten.
Neither Margaux nor Latour came close to reaching the table. Their most viewed, the 2005 and 2010, came in at 29th and 36th respectively.
Merchants in the UK showed broad interests, with seven different names represented among the most viewed. Mouton Rothschild 2006 took the top spot while the recently released Krug 2002 – the only non-Bordeaux wine to appear in any of the tables below – reached sixth place.
Two ‘perfect’ Pontet Canet vintages – 2009 and 2010 – were also in the spotlight.
The cheapest Lafite Rothshild vintage, 2013, was the most viewed by French merchants who also showed interest in the Chateau’s 2014, due for physical release next year.
Pape Clement 2009, which was recently awarded 100-points by Robert Parker, also appeared on their radar.
All ten of the most viewed wines by merchants in Hong Kong were First Growths or second wines. Carruades Lafite dominates, accounting for five of the top ten.
Outside of these three countries, the most viewed wines are more diverse. Merchants in Switzerland have looked at Cristal 2007 most – and Sassicaia 2010 second. Altesino, Brunello Montalcino 2010 was most viewed in the USA. Lafite Rothschild 2013 topped the table for China; in Belgium Haut Brion 2006 came out on top.