reminds me of a funny story. Maybe not so funny. 75 cases of 90 Latour sitting on W Exchange floor. $900/case. Tried to talk wife into letting me buy it all as an investment. She said no and I listened. Now it’s more than that per bottle. Would have been a stunning move.
I’ll add a twist: reminiscing about a retailer who frequently had close outs. Sam’s in Chicago would take one-offs from distributors and, twice a year, move stuff through at incredible prices. I always got there first thing, as doors opened. My best score was 6-bottle cases of 1999 Jadot grand cru at $25 per bottle. Clos St Denis, Latricieres-Chambertin, Romanee St. Vivant. And one case of Montrachet at $50 per. They are still drinking wonderfully. The Clos St. Denis was particularly breath taking. Jadot doesn’t make it every year, as the plot / must / grapes are contracted. I no longer remember, exactly.
For the same sale, Sam’s had two battered cardboard cases of 2000 Domaine Bart Clos de Beze for $10 per. There was significant bottle variation with these, but at their best they were very, very good.
The funny thing about Truchot; it took a while for the pricing to escalate. In 2008 (Truchot’s last vintage was 2005) Flickinger was closing out 1er crus for @ $45 a bottle. Now selling for $400 / $500.
These are the prices when I got into the market back in 1993. The question is, can you more readily afford Montrose now than the $40 sticker in 1994? I was straight out of law school so had some jingle in my pocket but $40 for a bottle was a lot of coin! I woulda drank it early anyway.
c 2002 Costco stores in the Chicago area were discounting 1999 BDX. Gruaud Larose, Grand Puy Ducasse, etc for $9.97, Leoville Barton for $5.97, Haut Brion for $59.97. I cornered one inventory manager who had his markdown list, it showed 2 bottles of Latour for the same price as Haut Brion. I searched through every box under the display bins, but never found them.
To be fair, that’s only a 9-10% CAGR (excluding storage costs!), and if you were buying cabs as an investment around 1992, you probably also would’ve loaded up on Napa cabs that turned out to be worse investments than government bonds . . . its not easy to make money in wine.
1995 DRC Montrachet in a local club on the list. $500
I bought more than several 1999 Grand Cru Truchots for under $90. Drank them because they were SO delicious in their youth.
Now wished I had a few.
2000 Giacosa Barbaresco Asilli Riserva $110
1998 G Conterno Cascina Francia Barolo $34