Collection Series: Rauschenberg 2000

Taittinger

Collection Series: Rauschenberg 2000

Region: France / Champagne
Grapes: 50% Chardonnay; 50% Pinot Noir

The Taittinger Collection Series was conceived in the late 1970s by Claude Taittinger. Long a patron of the arts, with a passionate interest in the modern schools of painting and sculpture, he perceived a natural alliance between the creation of the artist and the art of the great winemaker. Thus, in 1983, Champagne Taittinger introduced the first of its revolutionary Collection Series, uniting art and Champagne in the design of a special bottle with a laser-sealed sheath that visually expresses the artist’s concept of the magic of Champagne. Featuring the work of artists such as the French surrealist André Masson, American pop artist Robert Rauschenberg, and more recently the renowned Senegalese painter Amadou Sow, these exquisite bottles are commissioned well into the 21st century, and will perpetuate Champagne Taittinger’s affiliation with the greatest artists of our time.

The Taittinger Collection Series bottles are released only in great vintages, from a selection of the year's finest cuvées. The wines are made from Chardonnay mainly from the Grands Crus of the Côte des Blancs, and Pinot Noir from Montagne de Reims and Vallée de la Marne vineyards. The fruit is pressed in the vineyards and the first pressing is transported to the winery for fermentation, followed by a second fermentation in the bottle. Aged for five or more years on the lees, the wine acquires complexity and the fine, pinpoint bubbles characteristic of its sparkle.

American artist Robert Rauschenberg (1925–2008) rejected the angst of Abstract Expressionism and embraced nontraditional mediums and popular icons in his paintings and three-dimensional collages called “combines,” one of which famously included a stuffed angora goat. His work now graces the vintage 2000 Collection Series bottle.

technical data

GRAPES: 50% Chardonnay; 50% Pinot Noir
APPELLATION: Champagne
ABV: 12.5 %
AGING: 7 years on the lees

points of distinction

  • A classic vintage Champagne produced from both black and white grapes
  • Produced only in exceptional vintage years
  • about the grape +

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