Louis Roederer Cristal 2008 Champagne was the most-traded wine by value on the London-based Liv-ex online wine market in 2018 to mid-December, followed by Sassicaia 2015 from Tuscany and Chateau Margaux 2015 from Bordeaux, according to a blog post Dec. 12 on the Liv-ex website.
Cristal '08 was trading at 1,850 pounds per 12-bottle case, Sassicaia '15 at 1,660 pounds and Margaux '15 at 12,000 pounds, according to Liv-ex.
The Margaux 2015 vintage was distinguished by a commemorative bottle dedicated to Paul Pontallier, the estate's managing director who devoted his career to the vineyard over more than three decades and who died in March of that year. 2015 also marked the estate's bicentenary.
Other top-traded wines of the past year included Chateau Haut-Brion 1989 at 25,000 pounds a case, Chateau Lafite-Rothschild 2009 at 7,394 pounds a case and Dom Perignon Champagne at 1,060 pounds a case. Three other vintages of Lafite, the 2015, 2014 and 2005, as well as Chateau Latour 1996, also feature in the top 10, according to Liv-ex.