The release of Liv-ex’s Power 100 in December provided a snapshot of the fine wine market, showcasing trends that have influenced the secondary market over the past year. However, Liv-ex’s analysis sheds light on brands that have demonstrated consistent high performance, proving their mettle over the past six years.
Leading the pack is Domaine Leroy, an esteemed producer of Burgundy wines located in Vosne-Romanée on the Côte d’Or. Owned by Lalou Bize-Leroy, the estate has embraced biodynamic farming since its inception. Leroy has maintained a remarkable standing over the last six years, claiming the top spot on the Power List for four of those years and consistently ranking within the top ten. Alongside Bordeaux’s Château Mouton Rothschild, Leroy is one of only two brands to secure a position in the top 20 every year since 2018.
The analysis reveals that 23 Bordeaux wines have consistently performed in the top 100 on the secondary market, along with 13 from Burgundy, five from Tuscany, four from Champagne, two from the Rhône, and one each from California, Castilla y León, Piedmont, and South Australia.
Surprisingly, only five wines from the 2023 ranking made it into the top ten of the overall Power List, showcasing variations within the top 20 most consistent wines. In the years 2018-2021, the most consistent wines predominantly occupied the top quartile of the overall Power List, but this pattern shifted in the last two years. In 2023, only ten of the most consistent 20 brands were ranked in the top quartile, and four fell in the 50-100 bracket. Notably, de la Romanée-Conti experienced its lowest ranking in the six-year period in 2023, placing 67th, down from 2nd in 2019.
Thirteen brands consistently secured a spot in the top 50, including Château d’Yquem, Château Cheval Blanc, Château Haut-Brion, Château Lafite Rothschild, Château Latour, and Château Margaux. Domaine Leflaive from Burgundy, Gaja from Tuscany, and Champagnes Bollinger, Louis Roederer, and Dom Pérignon also maintained their presence.
Further down the list, increased regional diversity is observed, although Bordeaux and Burgundy remain influential. Brands like Penfolds from Australia, Opus One from California, and Vega Sicilia from Spain make appearances, along with Chapoutier and E. Guigal from the Rhône. Tuscany contributes four brands with ‘Super Tuscans’ Sassicaia, Masseto, Tignanello, and Ornellaia, while Bruno Giacosa from Piedmont secures a place on the list.