With the Bordeaux En Primeur season gathering momentum the minds of claret lovers and investors are starting to concentrate themselves on the 2006 vintage.

And to cater for novices and experts alike, decanter.com has teamed up London wine merchants Berry Brothers and Rudd to produce the definitive guide to wine investment.

Whether this is the year you have decided to launch yourself into the choppy waters of wine investment, or whether you’re already sitting on a cellar crammed with blue-chip Bordeaux and Burgundy, decanter.com’s Wine Investment Guide in association with Berry Bros. & Rudd is an excellent first stop for investment advice.

And the 2006 vintage should be a brilliant starting-off point for the new investor.

As BBR’s Simon Staples told decanter.com in December last year, after the astonishing price rises – over 300% in many cases – of the 2005 vintage, 2006 ‘would be a good time for the châteaux to give something back to the customer.’

It is accepted that 2006 will not be of the quality of its illustrious predecessors, and it is also accepted that prices will have to come down. A perfect time to get a foot on the investment ladder.

At the same time, the high prices of 2005 have overshadowed other vintages, whose prices remain static.

The 2004, for example, is ‘a cool, classic and precise vintage’ – as well as being a very generous crop – ‘so there is plenty of wine about which, hopefully, will keep prices at a sensible level,’ BBR says.

As with any investment there are pitfalls. As the Guide’s writer John Stimpfig says, ‘It’s very easy to make some expensive mistakes unless you know what you are doing.’

From handy tricks of the trade and classic do’s and don’ts to basic contact details, plus lists of the best performing wines over the last decade and beyond, decanter.com’s Wine Investment Guide in association with Berry Bros. & Rudd tells you all you need to know before you pick up the phone to your wine merchant.

Written by decanter.com staff