Spotlight: Champagne - Top blends hit the mark
Decanter|August 2021
Pick the right names and vintages, and Champagne can offer solid returns, as seen in a sound market performance in the early part of 2021

Champagne’s recent fine wine market performance, backed by an exciting run of releases, has thrust the region further into the spotlight. A select band of vintage prestige cuvées at the very top end of the market have been firmly in the sights of savvy collectors.

UK merchant Goedhuis & Co said in its Q1 2021 fine wine market report that Champagne ‘has been on a quiet bull-run for the past five years’.

Attention has focused on releases from the lauded 2008 vintage, which has been described by some as a worthy successor to the vaunted 2002. But prestige cuvées from the class of 2012 have generated particular excitement, too.

There have been several market debuts at the top end of the market so far in 2021, including Louis Roederer Cristal 2013, Bollinger RD 2007 and Pol Roger’s Sir Winston Churchill 2012.

The Liv-ex Champagne 50 index outperformed all other regions in the year to 31 May, rising in value by 13.2%. It was up by 60% over five years.

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