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Moët et Chandon

The largest champagne production and trading house in the world with over 30 million bottles produced champagne per year. This amount indicates that every second, somewhere on the earth, a bottle of the company is being uncorked. Every fourth bottle of champagne comes from the company, the market share in the US is 50%. The company was founded in 1743 by Claude Moët (1683-1760) in Épernay, who inherited some vineyards and began producing champagne. He was with Pierre Pérignon (1639-1715), with whose abbey, in which this famous monk worked, the enterprise should later enter into a special relationship. The family has been in the 14th century wine trade in the Champagne active.

Moët et Chandon - Orangery in Épernay

The founding son Claude-Louis Nicolas Moët (1719-1792) delivered his champagne to the panel of King Louis XV. (1710-1774). His mistress Madame Pompadour (1721-1764) said: "Champagne is the only drink that makes women more beautiful the more they drink . " Founder grandson Jean-Rémy Moët (1758-1841) exported his champagne all over the world. He was close friends with Napoleon (1769-1821), which was very conducive to business ventures. He acquired in the early 1830s, the abbey of Saint-Pierre d'Hautvillers, in which the monk Pierre Pérignon had lived in the 17th and early 18th centuries. The buildings were converted into a museum with replicas of the cell and the laboratory of Pérignon. Two years later he handed over the business to his son Victor Moët and his son-in-law Pierre-Gabriel Chandon. Since then, the company has been trading under the name Moët et Chandon.

Moët et Chandon - Visit of Napoleon in the cellar on July 26, 1807

From the 1960s, many old champagne companies were taken over, today own vineyard covers over 800 hectares. The most famous brand, referred to as the best champagne ever, is that created in 1936 and named after the monk Cuvée de Prestige "Dom Pérignon". The brand name was previously owned by Mercier but never used it and sold it to Moët et Chandon in 1930. In 1970, Mercier was also taken over. A "Dom Pérignon Rosé" was first produced in 1959 with only 306 bottles, these rare specimens are among the most expensive wines in the world, He is going out Pinot Noir and Chardonnay generated. The grapes come from Grand Cru locations as well as to a lesser extent (in homage to Dom Pierre) from the vineyards of the former Abbey Hautvillers. In special years there is also one Vintage,

Moët et Chandon - all bottle sizes and label

The absolute best Dom Pérignon is the longer on the lees stored or much later than the other champagne degorgierte "Oenothèque". Hollywood integrates the Dom Pérignon repeatedly in films, including in the James Bond film "Goldfinger" (1963). In a series of the TV series "Star Trek" was the Schiffstaufe the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701B) with a futuristic "Dom Pérignon" vintage 2265 (see picture).

In Argentina, the "Bodega Chandon" was founded in 1959 in Agrelo (Mendoza) with over 1,300 vineyards. In 1971, a merger took place with the Cognac House Hennessy, Finally, in 1987, the entire company Moët et Chandon was owned by the group LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy).

Orangerie: From Palauenc05 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0 , Link
Bottles: By Tomas he - Own Work, CC BY-SA 4.0 , Link

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