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Taittinger Collection Roy Lichtenstein | Vintage: 1985 | Released: 1990

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Description & Technical Information
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In the early 1950s, whilst on his first trip to the United States to promote Taittinger champagne, Claude Taittinger met Rudy Kopf, who would later become their partner for the distribution of Taittinger champagne on the other side of the Atlantic. After getting to know each other better, Kopf asked Claude the following question: “In tomorrow’s world, there will only be space for big corporations and artists. Which side will you choose for Taittinger champagne?”. Instinctively, Claude Taittinger replied: “The artists!”; thus, setting out the direction in which he would take Champagne Taittinger when he took over as President 10 years later.

Having forged strong links with several artists, Claude Taittinger created the Taittinger Collection in 1983. He received support from some of the greatest names in contemporary art to showcase the best vintage Grands Crus produced by the Champagne House. The bottle becomes both the canvas and the inspiration for a creation, signed by a distinguished artist. The Hungarian artist Victor Vasarely was the first artist to produce work for this unique art gallery, which to date includes a long line of designs by artists such as André Masson, Roy Lichtenstein, Imaï, Rauschenberg and Amadou Sow.

Artist: Roy Lichtenstein was born on the 27th October 1923 in Manhattan. After painting in the style of abstract expressionism up until 1960, Lichtenstein became one of the leading artists of the American Pop Art movement. This was a very graphic style, which drew inspiration from comics and everyday media images. Surfaces were often created using ‘Ben Day dots’. These dots were stencilled to imitate the pixelated effect of printed images. His work reflected ‘popular culture’, showing the way it functioned and its significant moments, including war and social conflict. He focused on images showing the ‘excessive’ side of life, such as the materialistic commercials of this epoch. He died in Manhattan on 29th September 1997.

Art: In his design for the Taittinger Collection, Lichentstein remained faithful to his world inspired by comic book art and transferred it into the world of paintings. He sought to create a visual shock by using dots and the careful choice of a few dominant colours - Van Gogh yellow, Royal blue and British Racing green. However, he wanted to take things further. By elongating the image to the point of confusion, the facial hair, which appears below his signature and extends right up to the vine shoot, reminds us that champagne is the result of the interwoven effort of nature and human ingenuity.

Vintage: The bottle contains a Brut Millésimé 1985, made from a combination of 60 % Pinot Noir and 40 % Chardonnay from the Grands Crus of the Côte des Blancs region.

Weather: The 1985 harvest was not large, but the quality was superb. Terrible frosts in January and February had caused irreparable damage in several vineyards. Luckily, the situation improved at the start of the summer. The vines flowered early and superb weather throughout September and October caused the grapes to swell and give bulk to the bunches.

Due to the limited nature of these bottles, they are becoming increasingly difficult to source - particularly the original vintages from the 1980s. Full collections are especially rare.

Read more about the full collection here

Gift box is a bit worn and scuffed as seen in photo
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