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Long Boxed Wine

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Arch Financial Products, a U.K.-based private equity firm will launch a US$425 million absolute-return fund this summer invested exclusively in vintages from the top chateaux in Bordeaux. Stephen Decani, head of group business development noted that Arch has plans to bet on some “extremely rare parcels, including 1945 Mouton Rothschild, 1961 Haut-Brion and 2003 Lafite Rothschild.” The strategy is rather straightforward, with the firm betting that as the supply of vintages decreases and demand increases, long-term prices will grow. If things don’t work out, the drinks are on them. Which is the same thinking that went into Phenethylamine Capital, a fund that invests exclusively in crystal meth.
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