Champagne Taittinger has added another artist to its limited edition Taittinger Collection in the UK.

Robert Rauschenberg has been commissioned by the French Champagne house to design a bottle for its 2000 Vintage. The bottle will be released next month in the country at a retail price of around GBP145 (US$291) and will be the eleventh in the series. The design will display a collage including a combination of stamps and photography, the company said yesterday (24 April).

Champagne Taittinger Brut 2000 is a blend of 50% Chardonnay to 50% Pinot Noir. The white fruit is mainly from Grand Crus vineyards of the Côte des Blancs, while the black grapes come from the Montagne de Reims and the Vallée de la Marne.

Claude Taittinger began the Vintage Champagne series in 1983 when he approached Hungarian artist Victor Vasarely and commissioned him to design a small number of vintage 1978 bottles.

Champagne Taittinger sole UK agents marketing director Lynn Murray said: "The Taittinger Collection continues to be one of the most eagerly awaited releases from the Taittinger house. Produced in limited quantities they are aimed at collectors, but also make unusual and prestigious gifts."