Moët & Chandon Champagne

The legendary Moët & Chandon is celebrating 270 years as the world’s most loved Champagne. For over a quarter of a millennium, the renowned French winemaker has been sharing the magic of Champagne across the globe. Every glass overflows with the house’s hallmark values of history, generosity, savoir-faire, success, boldness and elegance - values still at the heart of its global appeal.

Toward the end of the 18th century, Jean-Remy Moët, grandson of founder Claude Moët, became famous as the man who introduced Champagne to the world. The important figures of the era, from the Marquise de Pompadour to Talleyrand to Napoleon quickly fell in love with the house’s effervescent wine. Moët & Chandon was soon the icon of success and elegance that it remains to this day.

The Marquise de Pompadour, mistress of King Louis XIV of France, one of the most powerful women of her time and a highly influential tastemaker, helped make Moët Champagne the wine of choice throughout Europe’s royal courts. Inspired by her love of Moët & Chandon, she declared, “Champagne is the only wine in the world that makes every woman beautiful.”

Moët Imperial, the house’s flagship Champagne, owes its name to Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. He visited the estates in Epernay numerous times and awarded Jean-Remy Moët one of France’s highest honours, the medal of the Légion D’Honneur. Legend has it that Napoleon and his troops invented the tradition of sabering open bottles of Moët to celebrate victory.

As the grapes that impart their incomparable flavour to the wines of Moët & Chandon, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay come from vineyards in all of the five main areas of Champagne. The house has the luxury of choice and the luxury of choosing the best. With vineyards in Montagne de Reims, Côte des Blancs, Vallée de la Marne, Sézanne and Aube, it has access to approximately 200 of the 323 crus in the region, including a total of 17 grands crus and 32 of the 44 premiers crus. This wide-ranging diversity of fruits and vineyards ensures the optimum selection of grapes, enabling it to maintain the consistency of Moët Impérial and the originality of Grand Vintage.

To walk through Moët & Chandon's wine cellars in Epernay is to enter the very heart of the house. Located 10 to 30 metres under the chalky soil, Moët & Chandon’s cellars are the largest within the Champagne region, spanning 28km (aprox 17.4 miles). In this legendary subterranean labyrinth the forces of nature have come together to create a unique setting, ideal for the metamorphosis of choice fruit into the house’s luxurious wine. Select grapes undergo their transformation into Champagne in conditions where temperature and humidity levels are constant and unchanging.

New technology combined with the best of traditional craftsmanship is helping to ensure that the legendary quality and style of the house's Champagnes never falters. As nature is at the very heart of Moët, its latest advances in sustainable viniculture to preserve and protect the environment are among its proudest accomplishments.
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