Brazilian photographic artist Salgado chose the image of a leopard for his creation of the latest limited edition bottle for the 2008 vintage. The leopard, pictured in the Barab River Valley in Namibia, is a statement of what is "most universal and original - an animal drinking at a spring: Life, simple and peaceful", according to Salgado. In line with his black and white photography, the bottle has been designed in black with white writing.
Taittinger Brut Millesme 2008 is blended from first press wines only and consists of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir grapes harvested mostly from the Grand Crus in Montagne de Reims and the borders of the Vallee de la Marne. The Champagne is made in limited quantities and only in exceptional vintages.
The Taittinger Collection was the brainchild of Claude Taittinger, who in 1983 approached his first artist, Hungarian Victor Vasarely, with a view to commission him to make a distinctive look for a small number of 1978 vintage bottles.
Lynn Murray, marketing director at Hatch Mansfield, Champagne Taittinger’s sole UK agent commented: “The Taittinger Collection is another demonstration of the great passion the Taittinger family has for the arts and the natural synergy that they perceive between the creation of the artist and the art of the winemaker. There is always a great deal of anticipation around the release of the new Collection wine and it enjoys a huge following amongst collectors.
"We are very excited about the latest Taittinger Collection release and the link to photographic art and it was most fitting to launch this beautiful piece at the Paris natural history museum in the presence of the artist. Salgado’s is highly regarded, as is the 2008 vintage generally – a powerful combination.”
The new addition to the Collection will be available to selected independent wine merchants from September through Champagne Taittinger’s sole UK agent Hatch Mansfield with an RRP of £185.