Taittinger Collection by Robert Rauschenberg, 2000 Champagne, 75cl in original presentation box
This bottle and presentation box was designed by the artist Robert Rauschenberg for Taittinger.
The bottle contains a Brut Millésimé 2000, made from just the first press of 50% Chardonnay from the Grands Crus of the Côte des Blancs region, and 50% Pinot Noir.
Rauschenberg was the link between the abstract expressionism of Pollock and de Kooning and the Pop Art of Warhol and Lichtenstein.
Invited by Taittinger to design the eleventh bottle and box in their prestigious “Collection”, Rauschenberg’s creation was released in 2007.
Rauschenberg’s striking design for Taittinger depicts a cockerel, a bird which announces dawn, on top of its church tower, sharing the celebratory spirit of champagne.
The Artist: The contemporary art world knew that Rauschenberg was the link which connected the abstract expressionism of Pollock and de Kooning to the Pop Art of Warhol and Lichtenstein. His art, like some surrealists, was made from discarded items, the old-fashioned and the worn out, and his strength lay in the fact that every piece which he collected and assembled was imbued with life. He loved the Baroque, the Venuses by Rubens, rockets, eagles, transparencies, flashes, reflections and the unknowns. In 1964, at the 32nd Venice Biennale Robert Rauschenberg amidst a great furore, was awarded the Grand Prize. Champagne makes us feel ethereal and Rauschenberg’s celebratory work for Taittinger does much the same. The Vintage The bottle contains a Brut Millésimé 2000, made from the first press of 50% Chardonnay from the Grands Crus of the Côte des Blancs region, and 50% Pinot Noir. Just before the harvest was due to take place, a lot of the crop was still yet to ripen and the rain was lashing down. Luckily, the sunshine returned and the grapes matured quickly, reaching unexpectedly good levels. The Chardonnays are floral with a full, complex structure. The Pinots Noirs are full-bodied and full of flavour, with a red fruit aroma. 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.