Sotheby's to offer the Cartier Wine Collection
March 6, 2019: Wine is like love, the older the better. While we aren’t sure about the latter, Sotheby's is set to open a window onto the finest wines that France produced with the sale of the Cartier Wine Collection, as part of its Finest & Rarest Wines auction in London on March 20.
The wine collection was started several decades ago and has been enjoyed by those lucky enough to be entertained in Cartier's Paris boardroom. For the first time, Cartier is offering a selection of wines from its secret cellar, with each bottle bearing a specially designed sticker certifying its prestigious provenance. The entire proceeds from the sale are to benefit the Cartier Philanthropy Foundation, the company's grant-making foundation that works to improve the livelihoods of the most vulnerable, particularly women and children, living in the least developed regions. The collection will present 250 lots comprising approximately 2,000 bottles, estimated to bring a combined total in the region of £250,000.
Serena Sutcliffe M.W., Honorary Chairman, Sotheby's Wine, said: "Connoisseurs of beautiful Cartier pieces are often also enthralled by exciting wine and we are thrilled to have been chosen to divulge the secrets of a niche collection that is scattered like precious stones with rare vintages."
The collection will include a line-up of both Left and Right Bank crus classés which continue through to more recent vintages, including 2009 and 2010. Grands Crus from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Faiveley, Guigal, Champagne, Cognac and Rhône will be part of the auction catalogue.