A year before founding the champagne house, the founder Claude Moët started exporting champagne wine to Paris. After the purchase of the former Hautvillers monastery, where the monk Dom Perignon refined the production technique for champagne, the company exported to other European countries and the United States.
The equitable division of the business between son and son-in-law extended the company name from Moët to Moët & Chandon and became purveyors to chambers and courts of noble and royal houses. Which is no surprise given that even in the company's early years, Napoleon Bonaparte liked to stop by Champagne to stock up.
In 1792, Jean-Remy Moët, the founder's grandson, built the company headquarters in Epernay, which still exists today, which today covers over 1000 hectares of cultivated land and is distributed over around 200 communes.
Moët & Chandon has grown steadily since the company was founded. First by expanding the headquarters and over the years by buying other companies. For example, in 1879, Moët bought Manre Valley. In 1971, the company took over the traditional and well-known house, Ruinart, and the producer, represented on the French market, Mercier. In the last half century, the merger with the world-renowned company Hennessy took place. In addition, Moët Hennessy merged with the luxury goods group Louis Vuitton and LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy) was formed. The exclusive house of Krug was also acquired and the champagne celebrity Veuve Clicquot can be added.
The growing area
A champagne can only be called champagne if it originates in the clearly defined area of Champagne in France and was subject to strict rules during production. The growing area for the grapes of the sparkling wine was determined in July 1927 and covers an area of 33,500 hectares. Since the soil types differ across the vast area of Champagne, the area has been divided into the Montagne de Reims, Vallée de la Marne, Côte des Blancs and Côte des Bar wine-growing regions.
37 percent of the Champagne vineyards are Pinot Noir. This gives the wine its richness. The 37 percent planted black Riesling (Pinot Meunier) is used for the fruitiness. And the Chardonnay, which accounts for 26 percent of the vineyard area, is in favor of finesse. Because it is only through the different mixture of grape varieties that each champagne gets its unique character.
The already mentioned Moët & Chandon champagne growing area is in Epernay in Champagne. The 1150-hectare cultivation area, which is spread over around 200 wine-growing communities, is classified as fifty percent Grand Cru and twenty-five percent Premier Cru. In addition, the champagne giant owns the largest chalk cellar in all of Champagne at its headquarters. The Ganges stretches over 28 kilometers and even has its own street name. However, this is not the only winery in the Moët & Chandon Beitz. The youngest winery located in Montaigu.
The champagne selection of the house
Moët & Chandon Brut Imperial
The house's best-selling and most popular champagne is the Brut Imperial, which was introduced in 1860. The term Imperial instead of history and means imperial. He received this in the Napoleonic era, since the Emperor Napoleon liked to carry the champagne of the house with him and often rode past the Champagne after his victories in the East to replenish his supply.
Half of the Moët Brut Imperial is Pinot Noir. The other half consists of forty percent Pinot Meunier and ten percent Chardonnay. This combination of grape varieties creates a champagne that shimmers bright gold in the glass. The Brut Imperial has a pronounced fruity floral aroma on the palate and a fine biscuit note. The perfectly balanced body of champagne makes it a unique all-rounder for every occasion, whether for a birthday, New Year's Eve, or a wedding.
Moët & Chandon Brut Rose
The Brut Rose by Moët & Chandon can be said to meet the highest standards. So it's no wonder that all who have tested themselves through Roses measure them against him. He is also the sophisticated variation of the classic Brut Imperial.
The elegant rose champagne consists of a third each of Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The Pinot Noir gives it its pink color dress with copper reflections. The bouquet of roses is floral with fruity nuances. The sparkling wine acquires a mature and balanced character through long bottle aging.
Moët & Chandon Ice Imperial
If you are a fan of the Brut Imperial and Brut Rose, you should definitely try the Ice Imperial and the Ice Rose. The two ice versions of the champagne are the perfect companion for summer, no matter what the situation. The champagnes, to be served on ice, are fruity and refreshing, but lose none of the full-bodied taste for which Moët is so well known.
Moët & Chandon Nectar Imperial
Each Moët creation is unique. So does the Nectar Imperial. Which champagne house can claim to have a checkered champagne that awakens exotic feelings in you.
The Moët & Chandon Nectar Imperial, which is also available as a rose, is a champagne with a lush and magnificent aroma that goes well with dishes that you would not have expected at first glance. It goes well with spicy dishes, from Asian curry to goat cheese. It is particularly delicious in combination with yellow fruits such as mango and pineapple.
Moët & Chandon Vintage
The vintage series of the most famous champagne house in the world is the so-called vintage champagne of the house. These vintage versions are sparkling wines made from exceptional grapes from particularly successful vintages. The Chef de Cave (cellar master) judges the grapes of the winery with a lot of knowledge and sensitivity. If the harvest of a year corresponds to the ideal ratio, he creates the special and unique taste experiences of the Moët & Chandon vintage wines.
Everyone knows Moët & Chandon. So it is understandable that the brand is world famous. This is not because the champagne is sung about with its name in world hits such as Snoop Dogg's "drop it like it's hot" or Queens' "Killer Queen". It is due to the history, the assertiveness, the sophistication, the taste, the variety, the marketing and all other points that made the champagne house right.