Collector Q&A: Pierre-Luc and Vanessa Charlebois, Montréal

Collector Q&A: Pierre-Luc and Vanessa Charlebois, Montréal
The entrance to the Charlebois' glassed-in wine cellar (Courtesy of Cellart)
From the Sep 30, 2020, issue

Today's wine collectors are incorporating wine storage into their homes in dramatic ways, combining state-of-the-art technology with artistic presentation. Four owners of breathtaking cellars take us inside their wine sanctuaries. For the other Q&As and more great cellar design ideas, see the full "The Art of the Cellar" cover story.

Designer CellArt
LocationMontréal
Number of Bottles 1,000
Focus of Collection France, Italy
Highlights Antinori Toscana Tignanello 2007–2016 (1.5L)

How did you become interested in wine?
It evolved as we became adults together. We have always been curious, and with time, our tastes evolved, with Vanessa enjoying Champagne and [Pierre-Luc] having more interest in red wine. We can both recall important days of our life—graduation, wedding—enjoying nice wines together.

How would you describe your cellar, and how do you use it?
It’s two rooms: The larger front space is for the more everyday bottles, and the back room is for older vintages. [The cellar] is where we take our friends, saying, “What would you like to drink tonight?”

What advice would you give a new collector?
Taste many wines from different countries, regions and styles. Build your taste. And most importantly: It is not so important to collect wine but rather to use the bottles that you collect to build memories that will last a lifetime.

Portrait of Vanessa and Pierre-Luc Charlebois in their wine cellar
Collectors Vanessa and Pierre-Luc Charlebois
A well-lit modern wine cellar with racks of bottles on two sides, a door to a second storage room and a small display table
The cellar is divided into two spaces—one for wines meant to drink earlier, another for wines meant for aging. (Courtesy of CellArt)
Bottles of Tignanello in a well-lit wood wine rack
The super Tuscan Tignanello is a special focus of the collection, with a vertical of 10 vintages, including large-format bottles. (Courtesy of CellArt)

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