The quality of the Bordeaux 2009 vintage currently has the world of fine wine in a state of high excitement, with many experts declaring it the ‘vintage of the century.’
However, top wine merchants Bordeaux Index (http://www.bordeauxindex.com) today issued a word of warning, revealing for the first time that private clients have already been persuaded to order and pay for 2009 Bordeaux wines that have not even been released yet – from rogue traders based in the Mainland.
Such is the quality of the 2009 Bordeaux, many seasoned fine wine buyers – and growing numbers of investors new to fine wine – are expected to buy the vintage ‘en primeur’ (whilst it is still in the barrel). This maximises the potential return on investment, which according to Bordeaux Index could be as much as 20 percent within one year.
The vast majority of en primeur Bordeaux 2009 is yet to be released, and no wines of any significant merit have yet hit the market. With this in mind, Bordeaux Index Sales Director Sam Gleave was very surprised to learn that trade in certain high-profile fine wines was already booming – despite those wines not yet being released.
“We’ve long had concerns that a vintage like the 2009 Bordeaux could result in fraudulent futures trading,” says Gleave. “We urge buyers interested in the 2009 Bordeaux to deal exclusively with reputable merchants ONLY. Anyone offering top 2009 Bordeaux today is a fraud.”