How to invest in Canon
With rich, dark berry flavors, spicy aromatics, and a lavish (yet still well-structured) personality, Canon vintages are among the most interesting Classe B Saint-Émilion wines. And if you haven't already sampled this estate's incredible wines, then now is an excellent time to start. The producer is gaining in popularity on the secondary market and is showing great promise for investors as well as for avid drinkers. Learn more.
How to invest in Penfolds
Fewer than 1,200 people are going to receive a bottle of coveted Penfolds g3 this holiday season. This brand new, limited-edition wine is made from a blend of three different Grange vintages (the 2008, 2012, and 2014) that are among the best that Penfolds has ever produced. Because of its rarity and high quality, Penfolds g3 is a wine that just about any collector would love to see under the Christmas tree this year. The only problem is that these bottles will be nearly impossible to find. Learn more.
How to invest in Dominus
In the late 1990s, you could buy Dominus' flagship wine directly from the estate for just $65 per bottle; today, many of these wines are worth anywhere from $250 to $500 apiece on the secondary market, sometimes more if the vintage is especially high in quality. However, it's not just the ever-increasing market value that draws wine enthusiasts to this producer. Dominus wine scores are also among the highest in Napa year after year, and the estate's offerings very frequently outrank other superb California wineries–even the famed Opus One. Critics and collectors alike adore Dominus' small-scale, Bordeaux-style wines, and analyses like the one Liv-ex publishes project that these wines may continue to grow in value significantly over the next few years. Now is perhaps the best time to invest in wines from this high-quality estate, and by following this guide, you can learn how to make the most out of every bottle you purchase. Learn more.
Investing in 2001 Château d'Yquem
Château d'Yquem's 2001 vintage nearly breaks our rating system. It's one of those rare wines that already tastes perfect in its youth, and only seems to get remarkably better as the years wear on. Many critics who have tried this wine aren't even sure whether a perfect, 100-point score accurately describes it–somehow, it feels like 100 points is still too low. Learn more.
Investing in 2002 Krug
Last year, when the 2002 Krug vintage was first released, the wine sold for nearly $2,500 per case. Today, just a year later, that same vintage sells on the secondary market for an average of $4,000 per case, a massive $1,500 spike in value. Why is this wine increasing in price at such a rapid pace? It boils down to superb wine quality and limited availability. The 2002 Krug vintage is one of the best that the estate has ever produced, but its excellent quality also makes this wine much harder to locate on the secondary market. Learn more.
Investing in 2007 Valdicava Brunello
Brunello di Montalcino is the crowning jewel of Italy's Sangiovese grape, capable of lasting as long as 20 years in a cellar without much effort. Yet when the weather, the winemakers, and the cellar conditions are just right, Brunello can exceed this lifespan by an additional 10 or even 20 years; it's a rare feat, but I've seen it happen. I've come across dust-covered bottles of this wine that haven't been touched for decades and that still taste as though they could use a couple more years to develop. The 2007 Valdicava Brunello is one of these rare Sangiovese wines. Learn more.
Investing in 2009 Cos d'Estournel
If you want to get a room full of shy wine enthusiasts to talk, just say the words, "2009 Cos d'Estournel." I've seen collectors come close to fisticuffs over this seemingly unobtrusive vintage. This is the very definition of a polarizing wine; most collectors either think it's the wine of the century, or that it's the poster child for Bordeaux's downfall. Learn more.
Investing in 2010 Pegau Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Acidity and high alcohol by volume are the secrets to Châteauneuf-du-Pape's stamina. This Southern Rhône blend contains at least 14 percent ABV, and only a small amount of residual sugar. The consistent heat in Rhône makes full phenolic ripening easy, but what truly sets producers like Pegau apart from wine grown in other appellations are the strong wind gusts that hit the vines each year. These winds cool the grapes off, even in the unrelenting Rhône sun; the result is a wine that has plenty of alcohol and touches of sweetness from the heat, but that overall has a bitingly strong acidity that can carry it through its 20th and even 30th birthday. Learn more.
Investing in 2012 Colgin Cariad
I've long been familiar with Colgin's classic Cabernet Sauvignon, but recently, I've found a new love: Cariad. This is perhaps fitting since the name "Cariad" means "love" in Welsh. Full of intense tannin and layers of fruit, the proprietary Bordeaux-style blend from the Colgin estate is more acidic than you'd expect from a California vineyard. Although the estate's Cabernet remains at the top of most collectors' lists, I recommend taking a second look at 2012 Cariad for your next investment. The 2012 vintage in particular is neck-and-neck with its Cabernet sibling in quality and might even be the better choice for collectors who prefer wine with a little more bite. Learn more.
Investing in 2013 Scarecrow
Scarecrow has the power to change even the staunchest critics of "over-hyped cult wine" by producing bottles that are as valuable as they are well-structured and delicious. If you've thought about collecting cult wine, but you want a bottle that's more than just hype, take a look at the 2013 Scarecrow. Learn more.