Building A Portfolio
The aim of bedding down fine wine is to secure wine of limited production and supply which will be increasingly difficult to find in tomorrow's market.
Buying the best wines from recognised vintages can eliminate speculation because the connoisseurs, experts and critics will have tasted the wine and therefore its true quality is determined and verified.
Traditional wisdom is buy ‘first growth' Bordeaux, also known as ‘Blue Chip' wines. These are the likes of Lafite-Rothschild, Latour, Haut-Brion, Mouton-Rothschild and Margaux, also Le Pin, Petrus and Cheval Blanc.
Other wines to consider from the Bordeaux region are the ‘second growths', better known as the ‘super seconds' these are estates that have proven their quality over more recent years. These are the likes of La Mission-Haut-Brion, Leoville Las Cases and Montrose.
Buying wine from a good vintage year from one Bordeaux's top Chateaux usually limits risk, as they are consistent in quality and there is always a demand. While this approach has proven to be prudent-over the years, there are alternatives, which can be just as rewarding but more speculative.