Chinese show signs of branching out of 1st growths

on 02/06/11 at 11:54 am

Industry

Chinese buyers and wine drinkers are beginning to show signs that they are branching out of the first growth bracket and exploring other levels in the Bordeaux classification, according to Bordeaux Index sales director Sam Gleave.

Long famed for their devotion to Lafite and other first growths, Asian buyers are now “branching out into super seconds”, Gleave told the drinks business.

“Our sales of Lafite have fallen away slightly to just a few a week,” he continued. “There’s been no fall in the price and Mouton has taken up some of the slack, the 2005 in particular.”

He spoke of how he had recently completed a sale of Ducru-Beaucaillou 2003 and that the likes of Pichon-Baron, Pichon-Lalande, Montrose and Léovilles Barton and Las Cases were attracting interest.

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