LIVE opportunities: average trade prices of Bordeaux sub-regions

  • Pomerol carries the highest average case price among Bordeaux appellations but only the second-best average critic score.
  • The best average scores are in Sauternes, which has just the sixth highest price per case on average.
  • Saint-Julien represents a particular sweet spot with average prices below £1,000 and average scores of 94.

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Following up on the positive reaction to our Monday Market Update on Italian sub-regions, here are the average trade prices per case for some of Bordeaux’s main appellations, but with an added metric, critic score.

The rankings

Pomerol sits at the top of the table as it carries the most expensive average trade price. Yet, it comes with only the second highest average critic score.

Surprisingly, the highest average critic scores among all Bordeaux wines belongs to Sauternes, which cost less than half as much per case on average. This also shows that of the Sauternes in the market, the ones that see the most trade are those with the highest ratings.

Pauillac sits firmly at the top end of the table by both average trade price per case and average critic score, but Pessac-Léognan has an identical critic score and trades at 30% less on average.

The star in the bottom half of the table is Saint-Julien. With an average trade price of £838 the wines come with an average critic score of 94 points, the equivalent of Margaux which has an average case price of £1,447.

The choice is yours.

This table nonetheless highlights the opportunities that exist in Bordeaux among all price points.

If its highly scored wines you’re after Pomerol and Sauternes offer plenty of choice. Saint-Estèphe and Saint Julien offer high price to quality ratios and real bargain hunters might look to the Côtes de Castillon for affordable drinking stock.