Article - 31. December 2019

A Decade Has Passed: 10 Wild Wine Investments

Dive into the decade that has passed and see 10 examples of wines that have delivered solid returns and made investors cheer. One region in particular has been outstanding

From Solid To Sky-High Returns

The New Year is approaching, and we are soon looking into a new decade. This is a great occasion to look back at some of the wild wine investments that have delivered from solid to outstanding returns over the past 10 years. For example, how does a return of more than 1,500% sound? And can you guess where such a return should be found? We took a stroll through the archives and hand-picked 10 wild wine investments from various regions, that during the past 10 years have delighted investors worldwide.

10: 2001 Le Pin (+ 121.3%)

Bordeaux has historically been home to some of the best and most distinguished wines and, for many, remains the stronghold of investment wines. Despite of this fact the price trend among the Bordeaux wines in general has not been more festive in recent years. We still recommend to hold Bordeaux in the portfolio and the reasons for this are the Bordeaux icon Le Pin and of course Petrus.

2001 was one of the better vintages in Pomerol and Le Pin has given this year investors an average annual return of 8.3% over the past 10 years.

Price approx. € 3,300 *

9: 2005 Clos de Tart (+ 129.2%)

Luxury conglomerate Artemis acquired in 2018 the iconic Bourgogne monopoly Clos de Tart and increased the domain's investment potential further. Although this news makes the future incredibly exciting for Clos de Tart as an investment asset, the historical return on vintage 2005 also witness an exciting potential in Clos de Tart.

2005 Clos de Tart has through the past 10 years yielded an average annual return of 8.6%.

Price approx. € 550*

10 wild wine investments Clos de Tart

8: 2002 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino (+ 185,7%)

Giacomo Conterno is one of the greatest producers in Piedmont and the top wine Monfortino is considered the first genuine Barolo. We have reported on several occasions how interest in Italian top wines is increasing, but looking back over the past 10 years, the historic interest in Monfortino is not to be mistaken.

2002 was an exceptionally poor vintage in Barolo, but the 2002 Monfortino has nevertheless yielded an average annual return of 11.1% over the past 10 years.

Price approx. € 800*

Read more about the Monfortino in our October investment tip here: The first real Barolo gains +25.6% in 12 months

7: 2004 DRC Romanée-Conti (+ 352.4%)

When the topic is "wild wine investment", Burgundy is simply impossible to get around and it would be futile not to include the mighty Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. The production of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti's top wine of the same name is extremely limited (around 6,000 bottles a year) and this combined with high demand has made Romanée-Conti, along with the domaine’s other wines into attractive investment assets.

2004 DRC Romanée-Conti has through the past 10 years yielded an average annual return of 16.3%.

Price approx. € 16,700*

DRC romanee-conti Domaine de la Romanée-Conti

6: 2006 Coche-Dury Meursault (+ 361.8%)

Investing in white wine has great potential in the future and, just like among the top Italian wines, interest here seems to be increasing as well. Looking back over the past 10 years there are plenty of good examples of great white wine investments and Coche-Dury and the domaine's Meursault are definitely among these.

THe vintage 2006 of Domaine Coche-Dury's Meursault Blanc has yielded an average annual return of 16.5% in the past 10 years.

Price approx. € 510*

5: 1995 Salon (+ 282.4%)

Once you've got a taste for mature champagne, you won't get rid of it again. The same goes for Salon and when combined these two creates the foundation for attractive champagne investment. Although the young vintages recently has shown good form, the mature vintages are proving the true investment potential of Salon.

The 1995 vintage from Salon is just one example of strong Salon investments and has yielded 14.4% on average annual returns over the past 10 years.

Price approx. € 650 *

Read our latest investment tip on Salon from October here: Outstanding Salon Presents Monumental Release: Only 8.000 Bottles Of Vintage 2008

Salon among the decades best investments Champagne Salon

4: 2004 DRC Richebourg (+ 343.3%)

At the legendary Grand Cru vineyard, Richebourg, the icons grow side by side; DRC, Leroy and Grivot, just to name the greatest. Here everyone contributes positively to the Richebourg brand so that interest is maintained and retained among wine lovers and lovers all over the world.

Is "Domaine de la Romanée-Conti" printed on the bottle it may be extra exciting to invest in Richebourg where the 2004 vintage the past 10 years has given an average annual return of 16.1%.

Price approx. € 2,500*

3: 2002 Armand Rousseau Chambertin (+ 651,0%)

Domaine Armand Rousseau produces wine many have heard of, but few are lucky to taste. The top wine of the domain, Chambertin, from the Grand Cru vineyard of the same name has been nicknamed "The Napoleon Of Wine" and testifies that this is something quite special. With a production of less than 10,000 bottles a year of this popular wine, it is not something you just buy - and that has made a mark on the price over the past 10 years.

2002 Armand Rousseau Chambertin has yielded an average annual return of 22.3% over the past ten years.

Price approx. € 2.950*

Wild wine investments Armand Rousseau Chambertin

2 : 2005 Comte Liger-Belair La Romanée magnum (+ 689,5%)

If you take a trip to the wine mecca, Vosne-Romanée of Burgundy, you will see many tourists enjoying the sight of DRC's legendary Romanée-Conti vineyard. But if you go north, along the small road, you encounter another Grand Cru monopoly instead - Comte Liger-Belair's La Romanée instead. Despite the fact that many tourists' interest often goes towards Romanée-Conti one must not be mistaken that the wines of La Romanée are among the most prestigious and most sought after in the world. Something that could also be seen in the price increases, for example on the 2003 vintage.

2003 Comte Liger-Belair La Romanée has for the past 10 years delivered an average annual return of 23.0%.

Price approx. € 10,300**

1: 2002 Domaine Leroy Musigny (+ 1,551.8%)

Musigny is the top wine from the legendary Domaine Leroy and, speaking of the most expensive, most prestigious, exclusive and sought after wine, Domaine Leroy is in reality only in real competition with DRC and Musigny only with Romanée-Conti. The extremely high quality is emphasized by the fact that the domain's Premier Cru wines are often as expensive as Grand Cru wines from great Burgundy producers.

Leroy Musigny is something quite extraordinaire which an average annual return for the last 10 years of the 2002 vintage of 32.4% also testifies.

Price approx. € 29,550**


* Price per bottle in whole boxes in perfect condition ex. duty, VAT and tax

* * Price per loose bottle in perfect condition ex. duty, VAT and tax


Price history deduced from Liv-ex, but validated and adapted by Rare Wine Invest to form the most representative image. The wines in this article are not for sale at Rare Wine Invest at the moment, so home delivery of the exact wines cannot be guaranteed at the above price.

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