After a troubled 2020 with figures down by 18%, total shipments of Champagne in 2021 rose to 322 million bottles, with an increase of 32% compared to 2020. Also in 2021, Champagne achieved a record turnover of over 5.5 billion of euro, even exceeding the 2019 turnover which amounted to 5 billion of euro (data published by Comité Champagne for the year 2021). Plagued by the health crisis in 2020 and the difficult climatic conditions in 2021, Champagne is confident that 2022 will open the way for a new cycle of growth.
Champagne is a long-term alternative investment. In recent years the returns of the best Champagne have been very high, offering considerable investment opportunities. The Liv-Ex (London International Vintners Exchange) indices monitor the trend of wine around the world in real time, tracking the prices of the most traded fine wines on the market. Specifically, they are based on the transactional activity of the world's largest pool of fine wine merchants, reflecting the changing buying patterns of today's trade. There are several Liv-Ex indices and sub-indices including the Liv-ex Fine Wine 1000 Index, which tracks 1,000 wines from all over the world. Its seven sub-indices (Bordeaux 500, Bordeaux Legends 50, Burgundy 150, Champagne 50, Rhône 100, Italy 100 and the Rest of the world 50) grew in 2021 thanks to the constant expansion of the market, and the Champagne 50 index recorded one of the best performances.
Collectors focus on the purchase of Champagnes from the most renowned Maison (eg. Dom Pérignon, Louis Roederer, Salon, Krug, Pol Roger) and labels of Vignerons with a renowned reputation and excellent growth prospects (eg Marie -Noelle Ledru, Ulysse Collin, Jacques Selosse). The privileged vintages in which to invest are those ranging from the early 90’s to the mid-2000s.
In this article we have selected 10 Champagne for which we believe it is worth investing, from the most prestigious labels to those that currently require smaller amounts.
Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Vinothèque 2000. Made only in the "great vintages", when the maturity of the Chardonnay (about 40%) and Pinot Noir (about 60%) that compose it is perfect. Cristal's surprising ability to age was a source of inspiration for the Vinothèque Collection, a series of bottles stored for prolonged aging in a very limited edition.
Salon Champagne Salon 2012. The eternal charm of this Champagne is fully expressed by the 2012 vintage: its energy is dictated by an austere minerality, purity, generosity and progression of the sip; sensations capable of generating a spontaneous smile, especially after a period in the cellar. This is Salon's secret.
Dom Pérignon Champagne Plénitude 2 Vintage 2002. P2 is Dom Pérignon's Deuxième Plénitude, the result of 16 years of elaboration. Its energy reaches its peak thanks to the exceptional mineral, iodized and spicy notes. With this Champagne all the uniqueness of Dom Pérignon emerges.Perrier-Jouët Champagne Blanc de Blancs Belle Époque 2012. For the Maison Perrier-Jouët the Chef de Cave is a real creator: it is the refined Champagne by definition, recognized for its unique, intense and refined style; even in the bottle.
Krug Champagne Rosé 25ème Édition. Champagne Krug Rosé is inspired by the idea of the Maison, now in its fifth generation, of creating a Champagne Rosé that has never existed before, capable of reinventing itself every year with a new face. All editions of Krug Rosé perpetuate this tradition making it the most nonconformist of the Maison's Champagnes.
Jacquesson Champagne DIZY - Corne Bautray 2002 Dégorgement Tardif. It is part of the Lieux-Dits line of the Chiquet brothers, an extraordinary and rare Champagne 100% Chardonnay in a limited edition for only 451 bottles and 30 Magnums.
Laurent-Perrier Champagne Rosé Grande Cuvée Alexandra 2004. Launched in 1987, it is produced in just 8 vintages in extremely limited quantities of which the latest is the current 2004. This Champagne is the maximum expression of passion, quality and absolute excellence of the Maison.
Pol Roger Champagne Sir Winston Churchill 2012. The 2012 vintage is the twentieth edition of the legendary Sir Winston Churchill label and has given truly exceptional results. It is an extraordinary Champagne, now very young but with very high aging potential.
Bollinger Champagne Bollinger R.D. 2007. Madame Bollinger proposed the first vintage of this legendary Cuvée de Prestige in 1961, Bollinger R.D. 1952. Bollinger R.D. (Récemment Dégorgé) is an evolved Champagne, with aromas enhanced by its exceptional and long aging on the yeasts of over 12 years. From 1961 to the present, only twenty millesimée have been created and Bollinger R.D. 2007 represents the twenty-first. The 2007 vintage embodies the Maison's dedication to the authenticity of savoir-faire.
Taittinger Champagne Comtes de Champagne 2011. Elaborated only in the great vintages from Chardonnay grapes coming exclusively from Grand Cru vineyards of the Côte de Blancs, Champagne Comtes de Champagne ages for over 10 years in the gypsum quarries of the Maison before being disgorged and delight the palates of Champagne lovers.
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