Taittinger Collection by Arman, 1981 Champagne 75cl

£395.00

This bottle and presentation box was designed by the artist Arman (Armand Fernandez) for Taittinger.

The bottle contains a Brut Millésimé 1981, made from 40% Chardonnay from the Grands Crus of the Côte des Blancs region, and 60% Pinot Noir from the Grands Crus of Ambonnay and Bouzy, situated in the Montagne de Reims.

Arman is considered to be one of the most talented and inventive artists of 20th Century France. He is famous for his ‘accumulations’ and ‘exploded objects’ (watches, clocks, horns and violins). He tried to capture reality by using accumulation as the fundamental method for his visual art.

Invited by Taittinger to design the second bottle and box in their prestigious “Collection”, Arman’s creation was released in 1985.

Arman’s design for Taittinger is exemplary of his style. Golden violins intertwine across a black background, turning the champagne into a heartfelt tribute to music.

The Artist Arman captured reality by using accumulation as the fundamental method for his art. This technique facilitated his desire to show new perceptual approaches to the notion of reality against the mainstream style of abstraction popular in the 1950s. Whether he multiplied or destroyed the object, Arman always brought the elements together again, both for his deconstructed and his accumulated pieces. Arman is famous for his ‘accumulations’ and ‘exploded objects’ (watches, clocks, horns and violins), with which he created sculptures, designs and paintings. The bottle created for the Taittinger Collection showcases his inventiveness. Golden violins intertwine across a black painted background, which turns the champagne into a heartfelt tribute to music. The Vintage The bottle contains a Brut Millésimé 1981, made from 40% Chardonnay from the Grands Crus of the Côte des Blancs region, and 60% Pinot Noir from the Grands Crus of Ambonnay and Bouzy. The 1981 harvest was one of the smallest that the Champagne region had experienced post WWII. However, after a sunny August and a relatively rainy September, the sugar alcohol level was high in both white and black grapes, and it enjoyed a fine reputation for 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.

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