Top 100 most sought-after wines – Bordeaux leads the way

The so-called Bordeaux decline is an unknown phenomenon at iDealwine: of the 100 most sought-after wines (alerts created) by our customers, 92 were from Bordeaux! However, this domination becomes less when considering all of the alerts set by buyers (tens of thousands).

Bordeaux Yquem

The iDealwine analysis of the most sought-after wines lead to a clear observation: the top wines of Bordeaux are well ahead in the « wine alerts » set by buyers on, occupying almost all of the Top 100 places for the most sought-after wines. This obviously doesn’t reflect the current theory of the decline of Bordeaux. However, when we broaden the analysis to not only include the Top 100 wines, but all of the programmed alerts, the distribution is more balanced, with Bordeaux representing only 56% of alerts set.

Among the many tools available to monitor the wine market on, the “alerts” are very widely used. It allows buyers to be notified in real time of the availability of their preferred wines (if required in a specific vintage) within the iDealwine sales. The use of this tool is also interesting for analysing data, since it allows us to find the most sought-after wines on our website.

In 2010, the first edition of this list was also dominated by Bordeaux, occupying 42 of the Top 50 for wines from this region (84%). In 2013, 82 of the Top 100 wines were from Bordeaux and now, in 2015, this list is even more heavily dominated by Bordeaux, with 92 wines.

The alerts primarily relate to the grand crus of Bordeaux, including the « Firsts »: Yquem, Lafite Rothschild, Mouton Rothschild, Latour, Margaux, Haut-Brion, Cheval Blanc, Angélus, Ausone, Pavie and Petrus. The most sought-after wine – Yquem – is no great surprise, with vintages ranging between 1975 and 2005. This is followed by Léoville Las Cases, Petrus and Mouton Rothschild, tied in second place, as well as Cos d’Estournel and Lynch Bages, all from Bordeaux.

Considering the region’s appellations, Pauillac is ranked top (19 wines), followed by Sauternes/Barsac (15), Saint-Julien (11), Saint-Emilion (10), Margaux (9), Pomerol (8), Saint-Estèphe (8), Pessac-Léognan (6), Haut Médoc (3), Moulis (2) and Côtes de Bourg (1).

Aside from Bordeaux, our Top 100 comprises five wines from Languedoc, all from domaine Grange des Pères. This domaine was already ranked 19th in 2013’s Top 100 and 44th in 2010’s Top 50. This year’s Top 100 also includes three wines/vintages from the Rhône Valley, more specifically Châteauneuf-du-Pape: Clos des Papes 2005 and Rayas from 2000 and 2005.

The surprise is the fact that no Burgundy wines appear in this year’s Top 100, while there were at least seven included in 2013’s Top 100. Considering a broader spectrum of 1,000 references, Burgundy represents 46 of the wines/vintages (20 from Romanée-Conti), or 4% of the total. Champagne, also absent from the Top 100, represents 2.6% of these wines; Rhône represents 8%, Languedoc (100% Grange des Pères) 2.2% and the Loire 2%.

Finally, looking at all alerts set by buyers, the distinction is much more balanced and the main regions are divided as follows:

Bordeaux: 56.6% of total
Burgundy: 15.9%
Rhône: 9.9%
Loire: 4.7%
Champagne: 4%
Other: 2.3%
Languedoc: 2.1%

In Burgundy, the wines of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti were the most sought-after. Other popular domaines from this region include Henri Jayer, Louis Jadot, Leroy, Georges Roumier, Leflaive, Raveneau, René and Vincent Dauvissat, Ramonet, Méo-Camuzet, Joseph Drouhin, Domaine de l’Arlot, Domaine d’Auvenay, Comte Georges de Vogüé , Coche-Dury and Armand Rousseau.

In the Rhône Valley, the most sought-after domaines were Château Rayas, Yves Cuilleron, Vieux Télégraphe, Le Clos du Caillou, René Rostaing, Paul Jaboulet Aîné, Marius Gentaz-Dervieux, Etienne Guigal, Chapoutier, Jean-Louis Chave, Henri Bonneau, Georges Vernay, François Villard and Château Grillet.

The Top 100 most sought-after wines on iDealwine:

Vintage Wine name Region Appellation
2001 Yquem Bordeaux Sauternes
2000 Mouton Rothschild Bordeaux Pauillac
2000 Margaux Bordeaux Margaux
2000 Grange des Pères Languedoc IGP Pays d’Hérault
2000 Lafite Rothschild Bordeaux Pauillac
1990 Yquem Bordeaux Sauternes
1999 Yquem Bordeaux Sauternes
1996 Lafite Rothschild Bordeaux Pauillac
1997 Yquem Bordeaux Sauternes
2004 Mouton Rothschild Bordeaux Pauillac
2005 Angélus Bordeaux Saint-Émilion
2000 Sociando Mallet Bordeaux Haut Médoc
2005 Pontet Canet Bordeaux Pauillac
2005 Petrus Bordeaux Pomerol
1988 Yquem Bordeaux Sauternes
2005 Léoville Las Cases Bordeaux Saint-Julien
2000 Cheval Blanc Bordeaux Saint-Émilion
2001 Rieussec Bordeaux Sauternes
2005 Haut-Bailly Bordeaux Pessac-Léognan
2000 Léoville Las Cases Bordeaux Saint-Julien
2005 Cos d’Estournel Bordeaux Saint-Estèphe
2000 Chasse Spleen Bordeaux Moulis
2005 Sociando Mallet Bordeaux Haut Médoc
2001 Mouton Rothschild Bordeaux Pauillac
2000 Rayas Rhône Valley Châteauneuf-du-Pape
2001 Climens Bordeaux Barsac
1996 Latour Bordeaux Pauillac
2001 Petrus Bordeaux Pomerol
1996 Léoville Las Cases Bordeaux Saint-Julien
2005 Margaux Bordeaux Margaux
1996 Margaux Bordeaux Margaux
2000 Haut Brion Bordeaux Pessac-Léognan
2000 Lynch Bages Bordeaux Pauillac
2003 Yquem Bordeaux Sauternes
2005 Chasse Spleen Bordeaux Moulis
2002 Léoville Las Cases Bordeaux Saint-Julien
2005 Giscours Bordeaux Margaux
2000 Léoville Barton Bordeaux Saint-Julien
2000 Pavie Bordeaux Saint-Émilion
2001 Conseillante Bordeaux Pomerol
1990 Cos d’Estournel Bordeaux Saint-Estèphe
1998 Mouton Rothschild Bordeaux Pauillac
2001 Haut Brion Bordeaux Pessac-Léognan
2005 Smith Haut Lafitte Bordeaux Pessac-Léognan
1986 Yquem Bordeaux Sauternes
1981 Margaux Bordeaux Margaux
1998 Yquem Bordeaux Sauternes
2000 Cos d’Estournel Bordeaux Saint-Estèphe
2005 Grange des Pères Languedoc IGP Pays d’Hérault
1996 Yquem Bordeaux Sauternes
2005 Carruades de Lafite Rothschild Bordeaux Pauillac
2005 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rayas Rhône Valley Châteauneuf-du-Pape
1998 Cheval Blanc Bordeaux Saint-Émilion
1975 Yquem Bordeaux Sauternes
1990 Haut Brion Bordeaux Pessac-Léognan
2004 Angélus Bordeaux Saint-Émilion
2005 Ausone Bordeaux Saint-Émilion
2003 Montrose Bordeaux Saint-Estèphe
2007 Grange des Pères Languedoc IGP Pays d’Hérault
1995 Yquem Bordeaux Sauternes
2005 Léoville Barton Bordeaux Saint-Julien
2005 Lafite Rothschild Bordeaux Pauillac
2001 Angélus Bordeaux Saint-Émilion
1986 Talbot Bordeaux Saint-Julien
1990 Montrose Bordeaux Saint-Estèphe
2001 Grange des Pères Languedoc IGP Pays d’Hérault
2005 Montrose Bordeaux Saint-Estèphe
2002 Cos d’Estournel Bordeaux Saint-Estèphe
2003 Petrus Bordeaux Pomerol
2000 Tertre Roteboeuf Bordeaux Saint-Émilion
2000 Petrus Bordeaux Pomerol
2005 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Clos des Papes Rhône Valley Châteauneuf-du-Pape
1990 Petrus Bordeaux Pomerol
2000 Beychevelle Bordeaux Saint-Julien
2003 Latour Bordeaux Pauillac
2003 Léoville Poyferré Bordeaux Saint-Julien
1990 Cheval Blanc Bordeaux Saint-Émilion
2000 Domaine de Chevalier Bordeaux Pessac-Léognan
2006 Grange des Pères Languedoc IGP Pays d’Hérault
1990 Grand Puy Lacoste Bordeaux Pauillac
2003 Lafite Rothschild Bordeaux Pauillac
2000 Conseillante Bordeaux Pomerol
2000 Palmer Bordeaux Margaux
2000 Roc de Cambes Bordeaux Côtes de Bourg
1996 Lynch Bages Bordeaux Pauillac
2000 Carruades de Lafite Rothschild Bordeaux Pauillac
2005 Église Clinet Bordeaux Pomerol
1995 Léoville Las Cases Bordeaux Saint-Julien
1990 Lynch Bages Bordeaux Pauillac
2005 Yquem Bordeaux Sauternes
2001 Lynch Bages Bordeaux Pauillac
2002 Palmer Bordeaux Margaux
2002 Angélus Bordeaux Saint-Émilion
2005 Ducru Beaucaillou Bordeaux Saint-Julien
2000 Haut Marbuzet Bordeaux Saint-Estèphe
1981 Yquem Bordeaux Sauternes
2005 Brane Cantenac Bordeaux Margaux
1996 Sociando Mallet Bordeaux Haut Médoc
2008 Mouton Rothschild Bordeaux Pauillac
2005 Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux Bordeaux Margaux


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