Taittinger Collection by Corneille, 1990 Champagne 75cl
This bottle and presentation box was designed by the artist Corneille for Taittinger.
The bottle contains a Brut Millésimé 1990, made from 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir. The wine is strong, full-bodied and richly aromatic, whilst also remaining fresh on the palate. This combination results in a vintage, which is full of character and keeps for a long time.
Corneille loved to paint birds, which for him were associated with freedom and spirit. In 1948, he took part in the highly influential CoBrA artist collective in Paris. This was a movement which favoured openness to the world through a willingness to commune with all forms of art.
Invited by Taittinger to design the eighth bottle and box in their prestigious “Collection”, Corneille’s creation was released in 1996.
For the Taittinger Collection, Corneille expresses his art using the two core values which were constant in his work: line and colour.
The Artist Corneille was a multi-media artist who loved birds, which he associated with freedom and spirit. In 1948, he took part in the highly influential CoBrA artist collective in Paris. This movement favoured openness to the world through a willingness to commune with all forms of art. For Taittinger Corneille expresses his art using the two core values of his work: line and colour. Figures are formed using gestures made in colour on a solid background. Stylised birds, reminiscent of those found on bas-reliefs in Coptic monasteries or on the totem poles of Indian tribes, are depicted on a green background, similar to vine leaves. The birds are ready to take flight and break free as universal messengers of joy - much like the champagne within the bottle.
The Vintage: The bottle contains a Brut Millésimé 1990, made from 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir. After a blistering summer, the harvest took place early. Weather conditions allowed the grapes to mature superbly well, they had an exceptional level of sugar, and the acidity level also remained good. The wine is strong, full-bodied and richly aromatic, while remaining fresh on the palate. The combination is a vintage which is full of character and keeps for a long time.
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.