Taittinger Collection by Roy Lichtenstein, 1985 Champagne, 75cl

£429.95

  • This bottle and presentation box was designed by the artist Roy Lichtenstein for Taittinger.
  • 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.
  • After a period of painting in the style of Abstract Expressionism Roy Lichtenstein became one of the leading artists of the American Pop Art movement.
  • Invited by Taittinger to design the fifth bottle and box in their prestigious “Collection”, Lichtenstein’s creation was released in 1990.
  • In his design for the Taittinger Collection, Lichentstein remained faithful to his world inspired by comic book art and 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.

The Artist

Roy Lichtenstein was born in 1923, and after a period of abstract expressionism he became one of the leading artists of the American Pop Art movement. His was a graphic style, which drew inspiration from comics and everyday media images. Using ‘Ben Day dots’, which were stencilled to imitate the pixelated effect of printed images, his work reflected ‘popular culture’. In his design for the Taittinger Collection, Lichentstein remained faithful to his world inspired by comic book art and he sought to create a visual shock by using dots and the careful choice of a few dominant colours. However, he elongated the image to the point of confusion, the facial hair, which extends right up to the vine shoot, reminds us that champagne is the result of the interwoven effort of nature and human ingenuity.

The Vintage

The bottle contains a Brut Millésimé 1985, made from 60 % Pinot Noir and 40 % Chardonnay from the Grands Crus of the Côte des Blancs region. The 1985 harvest was not large, but the quality was superb. Frosts in January and February had caused serious damage, but the situation improved at the start of the summer, and superb weather in September and October caused the grapes to swell and yield a great vintage.

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 recognised that the art of innovation is as important as the excellence and finesse of its wines.

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