Stephen Burton, founder of Bordeaux Cellars, has been involved in the collection of fine wine since the early 80’s.
Stephen Burton, founder of Bordeaux Cellars, has been collecting fine wine since the early 80’s.
The initial influence came from the father of a childhood friend. The generous hospitality he extended to Stephen and his friends fired an interest in wines that has grown over the years.
Initially Stephen and his friends were more interested in drinking than investing. But, meeting regularly to sample exceptional wines and swap notes on the next bottle to purchase, their hobby soon became a passion.
In May 1991 they pooled their resources to purchase five cases of Haut Brion 1989 for £100 per case. They never imagined what it would be worth today: £13,440 as at February 2016. Wines acquired in those early days are still to be found in the cellar.
Over many years Stephen has built up and nurtured the network of trade contacts and suppliers that is essential to gaining access to the finest wines.
Following the sale of his property investment business in 2007 Stephen and two friends and long-term business partners decided to turn their life-long passion for wine into a business.
Why choose Bordeaux Cellars to manage your portfolio?
Traditionally wine brokers have acted for private clients who wish to collect and drink wine. The developing fine wine investment market has lead to a demand for portfolio managers focused on the investment potential of the wine under management. Bordeaux Cellars’ expert in-depth knowledge and extensive experience of the fine wine market, far-reaching trade contacts and access to private clients’ cellars, combined with the most accurate and up-to-date information on prices, makes us ideally placed to fulfill this role.
Bordeaux Cellars is a UK limited company, based in Mayfair in London.
We now manage £45 million of wine in client portfolios and a further £13 million of wine deposited as collateral for wine backed loans.
We specialise in creating bespoke portfolios of the world’s finest and rarest wines, tailored precisely to your investment requirements. We only deal with wines from the top 24 investment grade producers. In a series of judicious purchases, some “off market” they have been able to make significant acquisitions of the finest Bordeaux, capitalising on our experience and belief in the fundamental and long-term value of the very finest wines.
We are not a merchant but rather an investment manager. Our charges are transparent and we do not apply a bid/offer spread. We will also ensure that the best prices are achieved when wine is sold.
Wines purchased Duty Paid (DP) are held in secure storage facilities in Fulham, West London. Access to the site is by an 11 digit PIN access and there is 24/7 on-site security. The wines are stored in climate- controlled vaults.
Wines purchased In Bond (IB) are stored at Octavian Vaults, the UK’s largest wine storage facility, 100 feet below the hills of Wiltshire. The naturally balanced environment is perfect for wine storage.
Our storage facility, valuation procedures, provenance and quality checks have been audited by Otto Geisel of the Institut fur Lebensmittelkultur Otto Geisel GmbH and copies of their reports are provided here.