Sotheby’s is set to open a window onto the finest wines that France produces with the sale of the Cartier Wine Collection, as part of its auction in London on 20 March.
For the first time, Cartier is offering a selection of wines from its secret cellar, with each bottle bearing a specially designed sticker. The collection will present 250 lots comprising approximately 2,000 bottles.
The scope and range of Bordeaux from legendary châteaux is outstanding, with vintages such as 1914, 1916, 1919 or 1929.
There will be also Rhône and Burgundy wines, Champagne and Cognac, etc.
The entire proceeds from the sale are to benefit the Cartier Philanthropy Foundation, the company’s grant-making foundation that works to improve the livehoods of the most vulnerable, particularly women and children, living in the least developed regions.
Frédéric Guyot du Repaire, Director, Sotheby’s Wine, London, said:
“The extraordinary provenance of this collection will appeal not only to wine connoisseurs but also to lovers of Cartier. From early 20th-century Sauternes to rare Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, the sale is a very exciting opportunity to acquire fine wines drawn from what is ultimately a unique collection.”
Cartier’s links with the world of fine wine can be traced back to the company’s history. Cartier created the ‘taste-vin bordelais’, made of solid silver and three-coloured gold, and engraved with the coat of arms of the city of Bordeaux, which was presented by the mayor of Bordeaux, Jacques Chaban-Delmas to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1992.
Cyrille Vigneron, CEO of Cartier International, said:
“We thought that, in our time, it was more meaningful to share this amazing wine collection with a larger audience of inspired connoisseurs all over the world, and we are thankful to Sotheby’s for making this possible.”
Sources: Press release Sotheby’s