An initiative designed by Claude Taittinger in 1983 was to comemmorate a limited number of bottles of Taittinger's Vintage Brut Champagne wines with a unique label commissioned from a celebrated modern artist. The first of these was the Hungarian-French artist Victor Vasarely who designed a label for the 1978 vintage, released in 1983.
In 1987, Taittinger released a Collection bottling of the 1983 vintage, featuring a design created by the French artist, Andre Masson. This is described by Champagne Taittinger:
"Masson composed an ode to joy in praise of the region of Champagne and its wine - indeed, he had, at an earlier point in his life, fought here and was wounded as a young soldier.
The golden mark in the centre of the bottle is thus none other than the sun, its stram of light shining over Champagne. The vine - red or white, depending on the colour of the bunches of grapes - is symbolised by two figures stretching up towards the sun's life giving rays."
Starting life as Maison Forest-Forneaux, a wine business which sold the still red and white wines of Champagne, and later its sparkling wines. At the centre of the estate was the Chateau de Marquetterie which served as a command post for the French army during the First World War. It was here, in 1915, when a young cavalry officer named Pierre-Charles Taittinger found love in this place and was determined to make it his family home.
Pierre Taittinger created a partnership with his brother-in-law, Paul Eveque and in 1932, the two bought Maison Forest-Forneaux and began the development of the estate and acquired more vineyard plots. After defeat in the Battle of France in 1940 and demobilisation of most of the French Army, Francois Taittinger, Pierre's third son, returned home and began acquiring more responsibilities on the estate. In 1945, at a youthful 24 years old, he was named president of the company which he would rename in honour of his family, Champagne Taittinger. Under his direction, new cellars were established in the Abbey of Saint-Nicaise, and the importance of Chardonnay in the Taittinger style was set. 1952 marked the first vintage of Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs.
Champagne Taittinger was sold to an American private investment firm, Starwood Capital Group, in 2005. They would hold the estate for just under a year before Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, supported by the Credit Agricole bank, gradually bought back the family business to direct it alongside his two oldest children, Clovis and Vitalie.
Our nationwide door to door deliveries are processed by leading specialists in the transportation of quality wines and spirits. We aim to keep things as simple as possible and have opted for a flat consignment charge of £5 +VAT to mainland UK destinations. We are able to facilitate morning deliveries(before 10am & Midday) and Saturday deliveries for an extra charge, please contact us and we will see what can be done.
NB Deliveries to the Highlands & Islands of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man and Isles of Scilly will incur delivery surcharges.
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As a rough guide most standard (75CL) single bottles weigh 2KG and a case (12 x 75CL bottles) weighs 24KG.
In Bond storage is facilitated at Octavian in Wiltshire, the U.K's premier wine storage facility. The conditions at this old munitions base, 100 metres below ground are unrivalled, offering temperature control, In Bond facility and full replacement value insurance. The wines are stored under each client's individual "Protection Plus" account number, fully labelled and can only be released or moved with his or her written instructions. No right of lien can be exercised over wines held on each client's behalf. Client's stock can be inspected, by arrangement, at any time excluding November & December.
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Items can be ordered In Bond for transfer to clients own bonded storage accounts. We are able to action this process for a single consignment charge of £10 ex VAT, this covers any quantity.