Wine, whisky and spirits market - 2013 auction review

The Bordeaux market remained on life support in 2013 - still reeling from the crash of 2011, resulting in a drop of 0.9% during the first 11 months of the year, according to the Liv-ex index. 

The top Burgundies fared better (DRC was up 6.9% to end of November), with Chinese bidders contributing significantly - Hong Kong saw a new world record set for a case of wine, by the 1978 Romanee-Conti.

Single malt Scotch whisky also fared well, with values for leading bottles up 39.5% pa since 2010 as the export market continued to grew.

Top wine, whisky and spirits sale of 2013

DRC vineyard Romanee Conti
The DRC vineyard produces some of the finest Burgundy

A case of DRC's 1978 Romanee-Conti achieved $477,000 in November - setting a new world record for a case of wine at auction. The lot was the latest in a series of strong sales for DRC this year. It achieved a 234% increase on a $142,598 estimate.

2013's important wine, whisky and spirits sales

Slave Rum oldest auction
The slave rum was discovered in a basement in Leeds, UK

It was a breakout year for…

  • Super Tuscans continued to progress. They now hold a 3.3% market share - up 0.9% from 2010. The Liv-ex index reported that values have also risen by 18.6% in 2013.

It was a year to forget for…

  • Rudy Kurniawan, a Los Angeles based dealer who faces up to 40 years in prison for counterfeiting wine.    

One you may have missed…

The Glenfiddich distillery
Scotland’s Glenfiddich distillery: producer of the world’s most valuable whisky


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