Taittinger Collection by Roberto Matta, 1992 Champagne 75cl

£349.95

  • This bottle and presentation box was designed by the artist Roberto Matta for Taittinger.
  • The bottle contains a Brut Millésimé 1992, made from 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir. The character of the 1992 is in line with previous great vintages with overall balance and vibrancy. The taste is moreish and long-lasting, with the sophisticated combination of lemon and floral notes.
  • Chilean artist Matta studied architecture in Paris, but turned to painting and from 1939 lived and worked in New York. He became one of the seminal figures in Abstract Expressionist and Surrealist Art.
  • Invited by Taittinger to design the ninth bottle and box in their prestigious “Collection”, Matta’s creation was released in 1998.
  • Matta’s design for Taittinger is his homage to Champagne. Dominated by poppies, a well-known symbol of remembrance the flowers represent both nostalgia, and the spirit of continuity.

The Artist

Born in Chile, Roberto Matta graduated in architectural studies, however, he quickly turned his attention to art. From 1939 onwards, he lived in New York where he attracted the attention of a whole generation of young American painters who were influenced by Abstract Expressionism. Even Jackson Pollock recognised the influence that Matta had had on him. Over time, Matta’s work, influenced by the violence and oppression of the 20th Century, became subdued and more poetic, and these characteristics are found on the design he created in his homage to Taittinger Champagne. Matta’s design is dominated with poppies, a well-known symbol of remembrance. The flowers represent both nostalgia, and the spirit of continuity.

The Vintage

The bottle contains a Brut Millésimé 1992, made from Chardonnay (50%) and Pinot Noir (50%). In 1992, the ripening period was badly affected by the weather, however, thanks to a sunny period in early autumn, everything fell nicely into place, and the 1992 wines are commensurate with previous great vintages. The grapes matured well and gave the wine a full-bodied and aromatic strength, with an overall balance and vibrancy. The taste is moreish and long-lasting, with the combination of lemon and floral notes.

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.

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