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Market activity remains solid, with trade by value and volume up on the previous week. The Liv-ex Fine Wine 50 rose 0.1%, closing Thursday at 334.71. Bordeaux trade is lower at 60.7%, but Champagne and the USA have seen an increase in activity.

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Despite the drop for Bordeaux, the First Growths were more active on the previous week and represented 17.6% of the market. Lafite Rothschild was the most active, followed by Mouton Rothschild and Haut Brion.

It was another strong week for Champagne with the festive season seeing a pick-up in demand. Salon, Mesnil 2004 and Pol Roger, Sir Winston Churchill 2004 were amongst the top wines traded by value and volume. Louis Roederer, Cristal 2007 was also active.

The ‘Others’ category was boosted by the USA, with Screaming Eagle 2013 finding the bid. Dominus 2011, Dominus 2009 and Opus One 2011 also traded. Robert Parker originally gave Screaming Eagle 2013 a barrel score of 98-100, but awarded the wine a score of 97+ in bottle. He said it was “full-bodied, rich, but perfectly balanced” and “another terrific example of this iconic estate”.

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Carruades Lafite 2014 was active again this week and was among the top wines traded by value and volume. Talbot 2014 also saw activity. Both wines have recently started to become physical.

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Beychevelle 2011 traded at an all-time high this week of £632 per 12×75. The wine received a score of 87 points from Parker who said it was “well-balanced with excellent equilibrium and lots of dusty, loamy soil notes interwoven with black cherry and plummy fruit”.

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Looking for weekend reading? This week, Liv-ex published the eleventh edition of the Power 100 – the annual list of the most powerful brands in the fine wine market. You can also view the brands’ ranks according to price performance. In other news, Vega Sicilia, Unico 2005 has been released. See price analysis here.