Chateau d'Yquem's 2015 vintage has been released by the Sauternes estate at 250 euros ($299) a bottle ex-negociant, translating into an offering by the international trade at 3,000 pounds ($4,055) per 12-bottle case, according to the London-based Liv-ex wine market.
That represents an increase of just over 5 percent from the 2,850 pounds opening price for the 2014 vintage, according to a Liv-ex Insights post on its website.
Liv-ex data shows it's the most expensive Yquem vintage since 2010 based on current market prices, and the third most expensive of the past 11 years after the 2010 and 2009,
"Buyers looking for value in back vintages should note the 2007," Liv-ex said, pointing out the relative value compared with high scores from critics Neal Martin and Robert Parker
for wine from that year priced at around 2,220 pounds a case.
Chateau d'Yquem is a first-growth estate owned by LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA, and its chief executive officer is Pierre Lurton. It has 113 hectares (279 acres) of vines producing the naturally sweet white botrytised wine for which the region is renowned.