The Benevolent to auction "priceless" Champagne collection
Drinks trade charity The Benevolent will auction a 13-strong collection of vintage Champagnes from Taittinger at the 2017 International Wine Challenge awards dinner.
The Champagne House began the collection in 1983, when arts lover Claude Taittinger approached the Hungarian artist Victor Vasarely to commission a piece of original artwork for a limited number of bottles from the 1978 vintage.
Over the ensuing 34 years there have been further collaborations with artists including French surrealist André Masson, American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein and photographer Sebastião Salgado.
The Taittinger Collectionis now composed of 13 wines, which are only released during the truly exceptional vintages.
It has given an entire collection to The Benevolent to auction off.
The charity is selling raffle tickets for £20, and it describes the prize as “priceless”, with very few individuals across the globe owning the entire collection.
To purchase a ticket, email firstname.lastname@example.org and you can be entered into the “grand draw”.
All proceeds will go on supporting members of the UK drinks trade in need of practical, emotional or financial help.