Yesterday Liv-ex released the 2013 Power 100: the annual list of the most powerful brands in the fine wine market. This year marked the first time that neither a First Growth nor DRC took top position in the rankings. With buyers seeking value from Bordeaux, it was Right Bank wine Pavie that emerged as the most powerful brand in 2013.
With this in mind, we have reconstructed the Power 100 to see which wines have been offering value for money. For this alternative ranking we focused solely on Bordeaux wines that have achieved an average score of more than 90 points. In order to identify lower-priced buying opportunities, we removed all of the labels that are trading at more than £2,000 per case. This left us with 41 chateaux, which we then ranked according to their average price (the lower the price, the better the ranking), average score, one-year performance and wines traded. The results are shown below.
Pape Clement, which climbed 93 places in the Power 100 this year, heads the Value list, boosted by high scores and a strong price performance. Pavie and Angelus, top of the Power 100, also find themselves in the top 5, while Pontet Canet – top of the Value list in both 2011 and 2012 – has fallen to joint 22nd place. While the list is dominated by red Bordeaux, Rieussec’s low prices and relatively good scores mark it as one of the best value wines, although its one-year price performance does not match up to some of the others at the top of the list.
This year’s Power 100 saw several non-Bordeaux brands climb the table. To reflect this broadening market we have created the ‘Super Value’ Power 100 list, below. Brands included are from all regions, ranked using the same criteria as above, except their wines traded in the last year must have an average score of 95+ to qualify. The resulting list of 15 has a diverse selection of brands from a variety of regions, with many trading for an average price of under £1,000 per case.