Martine Saunier's wine collection comes to Acker Merrall & Condit
Groundbreaking wine importer Martine Saunier has been described as "one of the true icons of the wine industry, a person far ahead of her time". And now her remarkable collection is set to cross the auction block this month with Acker Merrall & Condit.
A love of wine and a jet-setting lifestyle led her to begin importing French wines back to the US in 1969, and she soon began a business selling obscure vintage to top restaurants. Through her patronage American customers were introduced to the wines of Henri Jayer, Madame Bize-Leroy, Domaine d’Auvenay, Emmanuel Rouget, Meo-Camuzet, Domaine du Pegau and Chateau Rayas to name but a few.
Now, after a lifetime of building a both world-class reputation and a world-class cellar, Saunier is set to sell the vast majority of her collection to eager bidders worldwide.
“Let me make this very clear,” said Saunier , “this consignment is going to be the last of its kind. I will never again be able to select such a fantastic range of Henri Jayer wines, and I literally cleaned out most of my private cellar…. I have a few nice bottles left for my own drinking, but this is really most of my Jayer holdings you have gotten here, so take good care of it and enjoy it while you can.”
“Honored and proud are not strong enough words to say how I feel personally that Martine, with her rigor in every element of how her wine is selected, cared for and handled, has chosen Acker Merrall as the firm to auction what will be remembered by generations of collectors as one of the most remarkable and legendary cellars ever to be offered,” commented Acker Merrall & Condit’s CEO, John Kapon.
“As Martine said, there will be no more after we finish auctioning her personal collection. Neither provenance nor care gets any better. The selection of Jayer is nothing short of staggering, and likely the last opportunity to acquire this kind of quantity of single owner Jayer. Jayer is revered and adored, and there will never be more of his wine, unfortunately. His influence still lives today in greats like Emmanuel Rouget and Louis-Michel Liger-Belair. Martine brought Jayer to the world. It will be clear as collectors review the catalog that this is a chance to acquire the best of the best from a wine icon.”
Comprised of approximately 100 lots, the collection will be offered as part of the Acker Merrall & Condit Hong Kong sale on January 31.
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