En Primeur

07Sep 2020

Opus One 2017 has been released at £1370 per 6×75, a 6.8% decrease from the 2016 opening price of £1470 per case. During the 2017 vintage in Napa, wildfires ravaged the Northern California area affecting both the size and taste (smoke taint) of the harvest. Antonio Galloni in his first impressions on the region, stated “readers […]

23Jun 2020

As the 2019 campaign comes to a close, Canon has been released at £876 per 12×75, a 16.1% decrease on the 2018 opening price of £1044 per case. Jane Anson (Decanter) awarded the wine 98 points, describing it as “sleek, elegant and appealing even before you get your nose near the glass”. Previous vintages of this wine […]

23Jun 2020

Rauzan Segla 2019 has been released at £684 per 12×75, down 24% on the 2018’s opening price of £900 per case and flat on the 2017. Jane Anson, 96 points. “A serious Rauzan”, noting that “there is the precision of Rauzan Ségla that is reminiscent of the 2016, less of the immediate voluptuous impact of 2018 […]

23Jun 2020

Nearly at the end of the campaign now – and this morning we received the Carmes Haut Brion release. Carmes Haut Brion 2019 has been released at £816 per 12×75, down 1.4% on the 2018 release (£828), which has since risen in value. This is very much a cult wine with hardly any allocations available. […]

22Jun 2020

Troplong Mondot 2019 has been released at £762 per 12×75, a decrease of 17% in sterling terms on the 2018 release of £918 per case. Troplong Mondot is a Premier Grand Cru Classé from Saint-Emilion – and we believe one of the great buys of the campaign. Neal Martin, 95-97 points. “It is a wonderful […]

19Jun 2020

Haut Bailly 2019 has been released at £840 per 12×75, a decrease of 19.5% on the 2018’s opening price of £1,044 per case. Neal Martin, 96-98 points. Describing it as “more terroir expressive Haut-Bailly that has an effortless allure and a sense of sophistication. Wonderful”. Antonio Galloni, 95-97 points. Antonio confirmed that “elegance and sophistication […]

18Jun 2020

The last of the First Growths to be released this year has now come out. Margaux 2019 was released at £4,200 per 12×75, down 17.8% on the 2018’s release of £5,112 per case. Neal Martin awarded Margaux 96-98 points – saying that this is “a beautifully proportioned Château Margaux, somehow “effortless”, fanning out nonchalantly with residues […]

17Jun 2020

Another big release this morning, with Chateau Ausone from St Emilion playing their hand. Being released at £2640 per 6 pack, down nearly 25% on the 2018 release. Looking back, the 2019 is also released at a lower price than the 2015 wine, that is currently performing favourably at nearly 18% up. In comparison to […]

17Jun 2020

We are around 65% through the campaign now – and we have received the first release of what is expected to be a big day. From St Julien, Leoville Barton that historically performs very well on the secondary market, has been released at £325 per 6 pack, this is nearly 17% down on the 2018 […]

16Jun 2020

The big name to come out today is the illustrious second growth, Chateau Montrose from St. Estephe. As you can see from the photo above, they have one of the most recognised barrel halls in Bordeaux. Released at £602 per 6 pack, this is nearly 23% down on the 2018 release price. This wine has […]

15Jun 2020

Château Figeac 2019 Saint Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classe B was released this morning @ £126 per bottle, down 30% on the 2018 release of £181 per bottle. Lisa Perrotti-Brown awarded the wine 98-100 points and noted the alcohol level was 14.1%. (With the US 25% tariff on all wines with alcohol levels of 14% […]

12Jun 2020

First out this morning is very popular Chateau Giscours from Margaux with their 2019 offering. The wine is being offered at £211 per 6×75, a 22.7% decrease from the 2018 release of £273 a case. Well supported by the critics; 96-97 Points, James Suckling – “Lots of deep blue fruit with blackberries and grape skins, […]

11Jun 2020

A great released this morning from First Growth Haut Brion in Pessac Leognan. Released at an enticing price point of £295 per bottle, a decrease of 27.8% on the 2018 release of £408 per bottle in sterling terms. It is also released at a closer price to the 2014 release of £193, that is performing […]

10Jun 2020

Another positive release in the 2019 campaign today with UK favourite Lynch Bages released into the market. Pleasingly, over 20% down on their 2018 release – and being 10% below the 2015 release, this looks like an excellent option for us. This wine is coming out at £395 per case of 6. Well supported by […]

09Jun 2020

Exciting news this morning with the Mouton Rothschild release. This 2019 vintage is released at £299 per bottle, 30% below the 2018 release at £426. This first growth is very highly rated by the critics – 98-100 points from Lisa Perrotti-Brown 99-100 points from James Suckling 98 points from Jane Anson 97-99 points from Jeff […]

09Jun 2020

Armailhac 2019 was released this morning at £372 per 12×75, down 11.4% on the 2018 release of £420 per case. Armailhac is part of the Mouton stable and is a wine that is not overly influenced by critic scores – instead are influenced by age. As you can see from the graph below – many […]

08Jun 2020

Cheval Blanc 2019 has been released at £375 per bottle, down 31.7% on the 2018 at £549 per bottle. The Chateau has also released 30% less onto the market – which makes it an interesting release option. Cheval Blanc 2019 was among Jean-Marc Quarin’s top three wines, with a score of 98 points. Other critics are expected […]

08Jun 2020

Angelus 2019 has been released at £237 per bottle, down 7% on the 2018 release of £255 per bottle. James Suckling scored the wine 98-99 points. In his tasting note he said it was “an extremely refined and sharpened Angelus” and added that it was “supple and minerally”. Jean-Marc Quarin also scored the wine favourably, awarding it […]

08Jun 2020

A busy Primeur week lies ahead as numerous releases are expected. Releasing nearly 10% down on what was already a generous 2018 release price, Beychevelle is in the class of superb St. Julien wines that offer great value for money. At this price level, today’s release is the cheapest Beychevelle offered on the market. All other recent vintages are trading above £700.  Beychevelle 2019 received 95-97 points […]

05Jun 2020

This morning was the exciting release of the wines from the Lafite Rothschild stable. It is the first of the First Growths to come out this year. They are however 50% down in volume on last year – so allocations are incredibly tight. Lafite Rothschild 2019 2019 is released at £426 per bottle, that is […]

02Jun 2020

Another big moment in the 2019 campaign this morning as Chateau Palmer 2019 release their wine at £999 (6×75),  31% below their 2018 wine. This is great news for the campaign as they are following suit with Pontet Canet who released at 30% below their 2018 last week. Volumes released are reportedly small, with allocations […]

28May 2020

This morning marks the first major Bordeaux 2019 release via La Place, and the official launch of the En Primeur campaign. Pontet Canet has become one of Bordeaux’s star estates in recent years, relentlessly receiving high scores across the board. Released to the UK market at £366 per case (6) in bond, the 2019 release price is […]

27May 2020

You will recall our advice that the Bordeaux 2019 campaign has been shaped by the Covid-19 crisis and the fact that we along with the worlds other wine buyers and experts have been unable to visit Bordeaux and accordingly the normal two weeks of tasting assessment and publicity for the campaign that ordinarily starts in […]

10Apr 2019

We are heading into our fifth Bordeaux En Primeur campaign and it seems we are in for another excellent year for the 2018 wines. It seems remarkable that we have had 5 very good vintages back to back. THE 2018 BORDEAUX EN PRIMEUR VINTAGE REPORT By Charles Waud, Director, Waud Wines 2014 – Classic vintage […]

07Mar 2019

Last night we had the last in our series of three investment wine evenings discussing the upcoming 2018 Bordeaux En Primeur campaign. With 45 guests attending, we started with our traditional Mas de Daumas Gassac Rose Frizant, before sitting down for the investment presentation. After a welcome from our UBS host, Nick Williams, Jeremy and Charles […]

23Apr 2018

The 2017 campaign is finally starting to gather some pace. Following two fantastic days in Bordeaux at the beginning of this month, it was pleasing to taste some very good wines indeed. Before we arrived, much had been reported about Bordeaux being hit hard by the frost and that this would have a major effect […]

29Mar 2018

Last night we held the last of our 3 Investment Wine presentations at Barclay’s world HQ offices in Canary Wharf. We were delighted to have been invited to host in their stunning atrium on Level 30, with views looking out over London. With 30 guests, made up of original Waud Investment Wine clients, some Waud […]

01Dec 2017

Waud Wines launched in 2011 and is the result of many jovial social gatherings and an increasing fascination of wine within the Waud family and its extended network of friends. ‘Why don’t you start this as a business – we would buy from you. We love your wines and your tastings’ – so we did! […]

14Jun 2017

Château Lafite Rothschild has finally released their second tranche (we saw no sight of tranche one as the vast majority négociants sat on their allocations as quantities were tiny!) The combined first & second tranche price translates to a release offer of £2,925.00 IB per case of 6. We are pleased to have taken our […]

12Jun 2017

Unquestionably, one of the great second growths, Château Montrose have released a second tranche @ £750.00 IB per case of 6. Given the resounding praise by all the critics, the first tranche was snapped up incredibly quickly, so we are pleased to have taken 20 cases in the second tranche. 97-99 Points Neal Martin “The […]

12Jun 2017

From a longstanding favourite, Château Pontet Canet, which has been on meteoric form since 2005 and firmly stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Châteaux Leoville Las Cases, Cos d’Estournel and Ducru Beaucaillou year-in-year-out and in some vintages competing with the First Growths… Alfred Tesseron and his team have produced a superb wine in 2016 @ £645.00 IB per […]

05Jun 2017

Château Canon 2016, which has also been in extraordinary form over the past few vintages is released @ £440.00 IB per case of six. Canon has historically been the most successful wine in our portfolio, so we are pleased to have again taken our full allocation in 2016. 97-99 Neal Martin “The 2016 Canon makes […]

05Jun 2017

Cult favourite Château Rauzan Ségla 2016 has been in phenomenal form and their 2016 is very special too. Released at the back end of last week @ £367.50 per case of 6, we are pleased to have taken our full allocation. 96-97 James Suckling “A solid red with currant and blackberry character. Full body, soft […]

01Jun 2017

A big announcement today as Château Mouton Rothschild release with one of the most highly anticipated wines of 2016 @ £2,592.00 IB per case of 6. We have taken as much as we can get our hands on and will push for another allocation later in the campaign. All the critics agree, this is a sensational […]

30May 2017

We are now off and running and have taken a position with Château La Mission Haut Brion that was highly recommended @ £1,995.00 IB per case of 6. 98-100 Neal Martin “The 2016 La Mission Haut Brion is a blend of 57.5% Merlot and 42.5% Cabernet Sauvignon picked between 19 September and 14 October, one […]

13Mar 2017

We are delighted to invite you to attend the launch of our Waud Investment Wine 2016 Bordeaux En Primeur campaign on Wednesday 22nd March from 5.30pm at Nicholas Mee & Company Aston Martin showrooms in West London. Last year our various Waud Wine syndicates made up of friends, colleagues and wine club members, again invested […]

20Feb 2017

As we rev up towards our 2016 Bordeaux En Primeur Campaign, we look at a fascinating article about the 2016 wines. The below article is written by Bordeaux grower, winemaker and writer Gavin Quinney and was published on the Liv-Ex blog. Bordeaux 2016 – the largest harvest since 2006 2016 was the biggest Bordeaux harvest in […]

20Jun 2016

As the campaign draws to a close, Château Lafite releases their 2015 @ £4,350.00 IB per case, which represents circa 20% decrease against the ‘06, ‘07 and 2008 vintages and £2,000.00 per case cheaper than the ‘05, ‘09 and 2010 vintages. 97-98 James Suckling “Here is a Lafite with lots of muscle and tone. Very […]

17Jun 2016

Denis Durantou’s long awaited release, Château L’Eglise Clinet was highly recommended and we snapped up our allocation @ £1,900.00 IB per case. 98-99 James Suckling “Lively and energized. Full body, intense and dense tannins. Great wine. Goes on for minutes. Such focus and clarity”. 96-98 Neal Martin “The 2015 L’Eglise-Clinet is a blend of 90% […]

16Jun 2016

Dubbed one of the best wines of the 2015 vintage, we are again pleased to have taken our allocation of Mouton Rothschild at £4250 per case. 97-99 Neal Martin “The 2015 Mouton-Rothschild is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc matured entirely in new oak, as usual. This represents a […]

15Jun 2016

The 100 Point Château La Mission Haut Brion needs no introduction and we have picked up 10 cases @ £3,150.00 IB per case. Suckling 100 “The purity in this wine is really mindblowing. So perfect. Licorice. Stone. Blackberry, blueberry. Full body. The power is amazing. But then it finishes etheral and so agile and beautiful. […]

09Jun 2016

Cos d’Estournel is the first property you come to as you leave Pauillac, with its vineyards bordering those of Chateau Lafite Rothschild. The quality of the terroir has never been in doubt and the quality of the wines in recent vintages, including the Parker 100 point 2009, has been very impressive. One of the great […]

07Jun 2016

One of the best Pessac-Léognan wines of 2015, Château Haut Bailly was bought @ £720.00 IB per case. Only very small quantities were available. James Suckling awards 98-99 placing this above the First Growth Château Haut Brion, whereas Neal Martin scores 95-97, placing it on-par with Domaine Chevalier ‘Rouge (A ‘must buy’) and Smith Haut […]

06Jun 2016

We are expecting another incredibly busy week with many of the ‘top’ Châteaux yet to release however, Pichon Baron’s release this morning may put a stop to the flood whilst they reconsider their pricing strategies. Sadly, 2015 Château Pichon Baron @ £995.00 IB per case is quite simply daft and perhaps based on Neal Martin’s […]

03Jun 2016

Domaine de Chevalier has released their ‘Rouge’ @ £460.00 IB per case. This is clearly the ‘best’ buy from the Graves and so we have taken a position on this fantastic wine. Neal Martin awards 95-97, the same scores as Pape Clement and Smith Haut Lafitte, which sold incredibly well @ £625.00 IB per case. […]

01Jun 2016

Château Smith Haut Lafitte ‘Rouge’ is offered and highly recommended @ £625.00 IB per case and is clearly one of the ‘wines of the vintage’ 95-97 Neal Martin “The 2015 Smith-Haut-Lafitte is adorned with a special label to celebrate the 650th anniversary of the château and the 25th vintage made under the ownership of Daniel […]

01Jun 2016

Now, to one of the wines of the vintage, Château Canon, which was offered on allocation only and has already sold-out… we were pleased to have picked up a parcel of 10 cases at @ £650.00 IB per case. THIS IS A 100 POINTS WINE! 100 Points James Suckling “This is the greatest red ever […]

31May 2016

Château Rauzan Segla is simply one of the best left-bank wines to buy this year and we were very pleased to pick up a 20 case parcel at £560.00 IB per case. 96-98 Neal Martin “The 2015 Rauzan-Segla is a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc cropped […]

19May 2016

Just released and without doubt one of the must-buy wines of the campaign so far: 2015 Chateau Giscours. This is especially exciting given how well the wines of the Margaux appellation performed in 2015. The critics were lining up to heap praise on this particular effort, with Neal Martin giving it the highest potential score […]

19May 2016

After the big release of Pontet Canet yesterday, I am sure you have seen the enthusiasm around Château Leoville Barton, which we have taken a position on 30 cases @ £580.00 IB per case. Every UK wine merchant is highly recommending it. Score: 94/96 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016 The 2015 Leoville Barton […]

18May 2016

The busiest day of the campaign for us so far – as we start with some of the big boys. BIG NEWS, Château Pontet Canet, which has been on meteoric form since 2005 and firmly stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Châteaux Leoville Las Cases, Cos d’Estournel and Ducru Beaucaillou year-in-year-out and in some vintages competing with the […]

18May 2016

A flurry of releases came out this morning – and first up was the Margaux property Château Prieuré Lichine. This was a bargain at £295.00 IB per case. A surprisingly low price given the James Suckling’s enormous score of 95-96. “This is really exceptional this year. Full body, very velvety tannins, wet earth, mushroom and […]

13May 2016

Jean-Luc Thunevin’s famous garagiste wine Valandraud is probably the most interesting purchase we have made so far. We are pleased to have picked up a ten case parcel @ £1,125.00 IB per case. This stunning wine from right bank St Emilion has tiny allocations and incredible demand given the huge scores from both Neal Martin […]

11May 2016

Perhaps ‘The’ bargain of the vintage goes to the little unknown Grand Cru Saint-Émilion  property, Château Tour Saint-Christophe, which we cannot recommend highly enough. This is the first one we have invested good volumes in – and the scores from the leading critics are extraordinarily high for a wine at this price-point. James Suckling awards 95-96 “Extremely firm […]

10May 2016

This morning starts with the superb Margaux property, Château Malescot Exupéry, which we are delighted to have picked up this superb and highly recommend wine @ £370.00 IB per case. James Suckling awards an astonishing 97-98 and believes that this may be “better than the legendary 2009” which sells for £640.00 IB per case. Neal […]

09May 2016

We are very pleased to be up and running in the 2015 Bordeaux En Primeur campaign. So far the prices that have been released have been very sensible – only 10% to 20% up on last years prices – and the wines are comfortably 50% better in quality. The week starts with the Saint Julien […]

27Apr 2016

A review from our Bordeaux buyer and expert, Stuart McCloskey: In short, the 2015 is an exceptional vintage for the wines of Bordeaux and is, without question, the best vintage since the legendary 2010. There has also been a lot of discussion about which of its forebears Bordeaux 2015 most resembles. Some commentaries compare the […]

30Mar 2016

Bordeaux en primeur buyers have lost money in five of the last eight campaigns and there is still too much wine gathering dust in merchant cellars, but Liv-ex analysts say the market is in better shape than a year ago. Article by Chris Mercer on Decanter website – 30th March 2016 Bordeaux 2015 represents a […]

16Feb 2016

Once again, Waud Investment wines are gearing up for the next Bordeaux En Primeur campaign – this time in the guise of the 2015 vintage, that has been receiving rave reviews so far. As an added bonus for the evening, it’s also – VINTAGE WINES AND VINTAGE ASTONS! – An evening of fine wines and […]

08Feb 2016

After the complications of the past four years, Bordeaux has waited impatiently for a vintage such as 2015. Thanks to the unusually perfect climatic conditions, the Bordelaise had everything they required from bud-break to harvest and the sunshine and the dryness allowed little chance for disease to take hold of their vineyards. Such a level […]

13Jan 2016

This is the first of our market updates in relation to the 2014 vintage that our various syndicates invested in during the summer of 2015. The research for this report has been provided by our wine buyer, business partner and Bordeaux expert, Stuart McCloskey. As you read this report Stuart is back in Bordeaux doing […]