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Wine Spectator: Bordeaux Futures Campaign Accelerates

June 18, 2020

Bordeaux’s 2019 futures campaign continues to see leading châteaus drop prices. Château Haut-Brion released its 2019 futures on June 11, at €282 per bottle, ex-négociant, down 30.9% on the opening price of its 2018 futures. Leading U.S. retailers are selling the 2019s at $398 per bottle, or $4,776 per case, a 30% drop on the 2018s and well below the current retail prices of the 2015 and 2016 vintages.

Haut-Brion’s neighbor and sister property La Mission Haut-Brion also released on June 11, at €180 per bottle, ex-négoce, down 28.6% on the 2018 release price of €252. Top U.S. retailers are offering it for $257, down 26% on the 2018s. That’s about half the price of the 2015 and 2016 vintages.

Château Lynch Bages announced a day earlier, at €66 per bottle ex-négociant, down 26.6% on the 2018 opening price of €90. The wine is at stores at an average price of $93 so far, down 26% from 2018 and lower than most recent vintages on the market. Wine Spectator is tracking Bordeaux futures prices as they’re released.—James Molesworth

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