Roger Federer is no stranger to breaking records—but even for him, 2018 has been a landmark year. Not only did the tennis icon celebrate 20 years on the professional circuit, but from February to March, he snagged the top spot in the world for the first time in more than five years—and, at 36 years old, became the oldest player to do so.
Now, the champagne house Moët & Chandon is celebrating Federer's many achievements with a limited-edition collection of only 20 Grand Vintage 1998 magnums (the year nods to his professional debut). Unveiled this week in Paris at an intimate event at French chef Yannick Alleno’s Michelin three-star restaurant Pavillon Ledoyen, each bottle will be wrapped in a vintage black leather racket grip as well as numbered and hand-signed by Federer himself.
Though the collection has a hefty price tag—$24,000 per bottle, to be exact—it benefits an excellent cause: Moët & Chandon will donate one hundred percent of the proceeds to the Roger Federer Foundation. Federer's non-profit organization, founded in 2003, aims to help provide underprivileged children—in his native Switzerland as well as South Africa, which is his mother's home country—with access to high-quality early education, as well as recreational activities.
"Beyond the personal pride I get from this launch and the beautiful bottle," Federer told DEPARTURES in an email, "I am thrilled that Moët & Chandon has generously committed to donating all profits from the sale of the limited-edition bottles to the Roger Federer Foundation. This donation is important because it stands for the generosity of the House, and it helps us meet the goal of bringing education to one million underprivileged children."