Taittinger Collection by Sebastião Salgado, 2008 Champagne, 75cl in original presentation box
Taittinger selects only the very best vintages to be decorated by an artist for the Taittinger Collection, which contains 13 editions to date. Taittinger chose Brazillian photographer Sebastião Salgado to embellish its Brut Millésimé 2008.
This bottle contains a blend of first presses comprising Grands Crus and Premiers Crus. Of this, 50% Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs region and 50% Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims and from the mouth of the Marne Valley make up the blend.
Born in Brazil in 1944, Sebastião Salgado has been a professional photographer since the 1970s, concentrating on social documentary and photojournalism. He is also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
Invited by Taittinger to design the thirteenth bottle and box in their prestigious “Collection”, Salgado’s creation was released in 2016.
Salgado’s stunning image for the Taittinger Collection, which was taken from the compendium “Genesis”, shows a leopard in the Barab River Valley, Damaraland, Namibia. It depicts something beautiful and fundamental, an animal drinking from a river: life at its most simple and peaceful and a source of happiness.
Born in Brazil in 1944, Sebastião Salgado studied economics but when his wife Lélia bought him a camera, photography became his passion. He stopped working as an economist and launched into a career in photography. He explored Africa and Latin America together, before returning to Brazil in 1979. Sebastião Salgado’s prolific body of work illustrates his commitment to and interest in the planet and those who live there, both of men and animals. The artist concentrates on the world of workers, particularly miners, paying homage to those whose lives are filled with effort and labour.
The bottle contains a blend of first presses comprising Grands Crus and Premiers Crus. Of this, 50 % Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs region and 50 % Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims and from the mouth of the Marne Valley makes up the blend. After a mild, rainy winter and a poor spring, the 2008 harvest took place in beautiful fresh, dry weather conditions. The crop was good and healthy. The Chardonnays are vibrant and fine, with a beautiful minerality. The Pinots Noirs are fruity and heady, with a vibrant finish. The sustained acidity, which is fully incorporated into the wine, promises an excellent keeping quality
The Taittinger Collection
In the 1950s, Claude Taittinger met the American distributor Rudy Kopf. Kopf asked Claude the 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!”; and when he took over as President 10 years later he was true to his statement, guiding the brand for three decades through a journey of elegance and creativity, most notably with the inauguration of the Taittinger Collection in 1983. In associating the Champagne house with other artistic forms of expression, Taittinger recognisesd that the art of innovation is as important as the excellence and finesse of its wines.