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Spotlight On: Château Mouton-Rothschild 1982


John Siudut
Posted: February 28, 2007

When the Mouton-Rothschild 1982 debuted on the market as a future, it was selling for $390 per case. By the first quarter of 1996, it cost the same amount per bottle at auction. Today, with an average price of $1,307 per bottle, Mouton 1982 is selling for more than 40 times its futures price—a fabulous return on an investment.

Until recently, Mouton-Rothschild 1982 had been trading at lower prices than the other '82 first-growth Bordeaux. However, following blockbuster sales this past year, including a 600-bottle superlot that sold for a jaw-dropping $1,051,600, the average auction price of '82 Mouton has surged and now sits near the front of the pack.

If you're in the market for a bottle of 1982 Mouton, it shouldn't be too hard to track one down. In comparing the volume of all other 1982 Bordeaux wines sold at auctions this year, Mouton is at the top of the list. In this past year, a whopping 1,838 bottles traded hands. Even if you took away the 600-bottle superlot, it would still be the 2006 volume leader over Cheval-Blanc, by almost 500 bottles!

This data comes from the Wine Spectator Auction Index, a composite of average prices for wines sold at commercial auctions. The prices are indexed to 100 beginning in the fourth quarter of 1995. This chart plots the index value of Mouton 1982 against that of the other four first-growth Bordeauxs from 1982: Margaux, Latour, Lafite and Haut-Brion.

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