Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Fine wines could be the way forward following the pro-Brexit vote

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As the sterling takes a tumble investors are looking for a safe haven following the post-Brexit vote and a surprising emergence is the fine wine market.
Investing in vintage goods tend to be stronger when the pound is weaker, and in the weeks since the vote the pound has fallen to a 31-year low. Since leaving the European Union the weaker sterling has increased the demand for wine by making it cheaper to purchase in foreign currencies, increasing overall demands abroad.
The Wine Investment fund discussed that although Bordeaux sourced wine investments are purchased in sterling the majority of buyers are based abroad such as China, Japan and the USA.
Since 2011 to 2014 the fine wine market suffered a 36% price correction following a lengthy period of declining prices with an almost flat 2015.
Moncharm, Moncharm wine, Moncharm Brexit, Moncharm fine winesThe wine investment also added that investments have delivered annual returns of almost 7% since 2003 and prices have increased by 7% since.
"Asset markets are likely to be volatile and challenging to navigate while everyone comes to terms with the implications of the referendum," Andrew della Casa, director of the Wine Investment Fund, said.
"But there are good reasons to think that wine may benefit from the uncertainty: it is physical, and tends to perform better when Sterling is weak. Add in its excellent long-term track record and favourable cyclical position, and it is one asset for which the future looks bright."
The Wine Investment fund disclosed to City A.M that on average each investor from its list of 400 investors will invest £40,000 pounds with investment increasing the further East you go. Investors in Hong Kong and China will invest much more overall compared to those in the West.
The fine wine market is usually home to the high net-worth individuals (HNWIs) and management funds as stocks across the board tend to outperform in times of market uncertainty.
The shares of alcoholic drinks giant Diageo and cigarette makers British American Tobacco (BAT) and Imperial Brands have all outperformed since the Brexit vote announcement on Friday.

It’s Champagne, Game, Set and Match at Wimbledon this year!

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With Wimbledon reaching its climax, statistics are already in as this year proves to be the Champagne years. Sales this year at the prestigious event have out sold its rival Pimms and for the first time ever.
It seems the bubbly drink is now the favourite of tennis fans as they flock to Wimbledon to cheer on Andy Murray and co. The sales for Champagne has seen a massive increase since the tournament began over a week ago, figures revealed show that it’s so great that the contrast is non-comparable.  To shed light on this we have learnt that the increase is a whopping 400% something which is usually not possible.
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rose 2005, Moncharm, Wimbledon, ChampagneSo why have we seen a massive increase? With June being one of the wettest ever it seems that Pimms the summer drink has taken a back seat as a result of the downpour. With a shortage of Prosecco people tend to grab the equivalent and that a good glass or bottle of Champagne.
We asked Atalay from Moncharm, London’s Fine Wine Merchants on his views regarding this and he commented “ People tend to see Pimms as a summer drink and with the bad weather lately natural behaviour means no sun no Pimms, that’s how we behave.”  Atalay also added “ Also at prestigious events the glamour of holding a bottle of Champagne or glass of Champagne adds an extra little bit of luxury and something exquisite to the occasion hence the dramatic increase in sales at Wimbledon this year.”
Below are a few examples of some of the lovely Champagnes recommended by Moncharm to enjoy for any occasion.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

How Sir Alex Ferguson Made Millions without kicking a ball

Sir Alex Ferguson the Manchester United supremo and iconic figure around the globe has proved his worth as one of the world most successful managers.

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Not only was Ferguson successful on the field but also off the field and we are not discussing football here. Sir Alex masterminded United to numerous titles and accolades but was also a very successful and notable wine collector.

It’s one thing having an eye for great talent and nurturing up and coming youngsters from the academy but it seems the football skills paid off handsomely as Ferguson combined this knowledge in amassing a huge collection of wines. What was his secret? Like any passion it wasn't just about buying bottles from your local wine store or supermarket but a little more. Wine collection takes time and knowledge one thing that we praise ourselves at Moncharm is knowledge. The very same way Sir Alex accumulated his collection, through his vast knowledge including what to buy and when to buy.

It’s certainly not as clear cut but a good rapport with some very reputable companies or wine club does eliminate the trial and error process of buying for the sake of buying. Each purchase is calculated and made with knowledge that these wines are highly likely to make a significant return. Like anything the rarer the item the more value it has, likewise the quality and demand for an item.

There are times when a collector may just purchase for the taste or quality of produce, with wine tasting experiences more and more on the upcoming, collectors are now invited to special events prior to any public release of a product or brand....this is where insight and deals were struck.

Alex Ferguson over the years acquired a massive collection that was renowned by many in the industry. Using the simple method as explained this collection over time increased in value so much so that the value added a few millions to his wealth.

Alex Ferguson collection was sold on three separate auctions, when he was asked why he was selling his collection; Alex replied “there comes a time when you have to say enough is enough and that is exactly what I decided that having collected for years and amassed this beautiful collection now was the time.”

The first part of Sir Alex’s collection was sold in Hong Kong this was seen as a major sale but Alex laughed revealing it was only the tip of the iceberg, the collection sold for £2.2 Million paying him rich dividends. To put this in context, a bottle of magnum Domaine de la Romanes-Conti 2002 Burgundy fetched £16,450.

The second part of Sir Alex Ferguson collection was sold by auction house Christie's and this sold for almost £400,000 with the final sale being held again by Christie in Hong Kong. This sale has also proved fruitful for Sir Alex with a return in the region of £300,000. Sir Alex Ferguson also donated some very beautiful bottles of Burgundy. Bordeaux and Tuscan wines to the sale.

Is this the end of a great collection like any shrewd player in the game, a naughty wink meaning are you joking? Leaving many asking how much more is at stake? A certain Mr Mourinho may want to follow in his predecessors footsteps...

Friday, 24 June 2016

Moncharm's guide on the health benefits of wine

So what are the benefits of drinking wine? We often see media releases regarding the topic of drinking wine and their health benefits. Moncharm has created an easy read through guide to highlight key areas that show the main benefits of drinking wine.

A European old saying, states drinking a glass of wine helps you live longer. Is this statement true or false?Answer : True
The consumption of a glass of wine promotes longevity. Drinkers of wines have a lower mortality rate compared to those that drink beer or spirits in fact the mortality rate is 34% percent.
Source: a Finnish study of 2,468 men over a 29-year period, published in the Journals of Gerontology, 2007.

Does drinking wine prevent heart attacks? Answer : The answer here is whilst we cannot prevent heart attacks, drinking wine does reduce the chances of having a heart attack. Studies have shown that moderate drinkers suffering from high blood pressure are 30% less likely to suffer a heart attack than non drinkers.Source: a 16-year Harvard School of Public Health study of 11,711 men, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, 2007.

Does drinking wine lower the risk of heart disease?Answer : This is a true statement as Red Wines Tannins contain Procyanidins which protect against heart disease. Wines from Sardinia and South West France contain more Procyanidins than other wines.Source: a study at Queen Mary University in London, published in Nature, 2006.

Does drinking wine help prevent Diabetes?Answer : Drinking wine moderately does help Diabetes. Studies have shown that moderate drinkers of wine have a 30% less risk then non drinkers of developing Type 2 Diabetes.Source: research on 369,862 individuals studied over an average of 12 years each, at Amsterdam's VU University Medical Centre, published in Diabetes Care, 2005.

Does drinking wine lower the risk of a stroke?Answer : True, moderate drinkers of wines are less likely to suffer a stroke than compared to nondrinkers. Research has shown the moderate drinkers consuming wine have a 50% chance of suffering a clotrelated stroke through alcohol consumption.Source: a Columbia University study of 3,176 individuals over an eight-year period, published in Stroke, 2006.

Does drinking wine help the prevention of Cataracts?Answer : Moderate drinkers of alcohol are 32% less likely to develop Cataract than non drinkers. Wine drinkers are 43% less likely to develop Cataract then those drinking mainly beer.Source: a study of 1,379 individuals in Iceland, published in Nature, 2003.

Does drinking wine prevent Cancer?Answer : We cannot actually say drinking wine prevents Cancer but it does decrease the risk. Moderate drinkers of red wine reduce the risk of Colon Cancer by 45% proving that drink wine especially red wine will help.Source: a Stony Brook University study of 2,291 individuals over a four-year period, published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, 2005.

Does drinking wine affect the brain?Answer : Drinking wine does help the brain in fact so much so that wine drinkers benefit so much more than non drinkers. Scientific studies have proven that brain function slow much faster for non-drinkers then drinkers of wine.Source: a Columbia University study of 1,416 people, published in Neuroepidemiology, 2006. 

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Moncharm's Wine Club

Having grown up around wines from a young age it was easy to see what complimented a good meal. My parents taught me which wines accompanied which food from your classic red wines to your golden white wines. I was able to appreciate the beauty of something so simple yet so attractive when enjoying a delicious meal.

As I grew up I enjoyed my wine more and more. I was able to understand what made a good wine and why certain wines had such an astronomical value. We hear it all the time, the value of a certain bottle of wine selling for an undisclosed amount. I considered myself quite knowledgeable but I was looking to expand my horizons hence I decided to join a wine club

Moncharm gave me the much needed insight into understanding what worked and why it worked, like any commodity, value can increase or decrease depending on market forces. Furthermore, Moncharm’s team of experts assisted and advised me with satisfying my personal taste by telling me which bottle or case I should acquire. Thanks to Moncharm, I always enjoy a fine glass of wine alongside a few special bottles that I keep for those special movements in life.

I raise my glass to Moncharm and their team who over the past have helped me enjoy some very happy moments along with great investment opportunities.

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Moncharm wishes everyone a Happy Father's Day

Father's Day is held on the third Sunday of June in the United Kingdom. It is a day to honour fathers and father figures, such as grandfathers and fathers-in-law. Many people make a special effort to visit their fathers or to send them a card or gifts.

At Moncharm we try our very best to honour this special day and occasion by providing the perfect gift for that special man, let’s take it we all have that special father of some kind in our lives whether biological or not. Sometime it’s also a great way to say thank to a very special person who has acted as that special father figure through hard times, whatever the reason this June 2016 make it special. How else could you make it special? Why not buy our La Mission Haut Brion 1998 (see left), one of the finest products from La Mission-Haut-Brion.
The delight of receiving a gift is always special to see the reaction the smile the appreciation speaks a thousand words. A gift is something special from the heart, it shows the true meaning of what we care and love about that person. Moncharm is happy to bring forth a beautiful selection of exclusive gift that are suitable for this occasion.

Our wines are carefully chosen to bring forth something unique whether flavour exclusiveness or vintage we stock a fine example of perfectly selected specials to be enjoyed and appreciated till the last drop. Perhaps a beautiful bottle of Ch√Ęteau Clerc Milon 2009 (see below) would fit the occasion or maybe the exquisite flavours of our Tignanello 2010? Don't forget we also stock a number of very beautiful and exclusive

Champagnes to pop the cork for that special day visit our page of Champagnes.
These gifts are as much as wonderful for consumption as to something special that may just put away or on display as a remembrance of this special day whatever the reason let’s leave it to that special man to decide. Whichever one of your products you chose, we can guarantee the Moncharm range is of a distinctive calibre which as we say saves you the hard work of finding something right for that special moment.
Finally everyone at Moncharm would like to raise a toast to all the wonderful dads and we wish them a very Happy Fathers Day.

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