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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 means that a bottle of the company is uncorked somewhere on earth every second. Every fourth bottle of champagne comes from the company, the US market share is 50%. The company was founded in 1743 by Claude Moët (1683-1760) in Épernay, who had inherited some vineyards and started producing champagne. He was with Pierre Pérignon (1639-1715), with whose abbey, in which this famous monk worked, the company was later to have a special relationship. The family had been in the 14th century wine trade in the Champagne active.

Moët et Chandon - Orangery in Épernay

The founder's son Claude-Louis Nicolas Moët (1719-1792) delivered his champagne to the table 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 from it" . The founding grandson Jean-Rémy Moët (1758-1841) already exported his champagne all over the world. He was close friends with Napoleon (1769-1821), which was very beneficial to business ventures. He acquired the Saint-Pierre d'Hautvillers abbey in the early 1830s, where 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 Pérignon laboratory. Two years later, he handed the business over to his son Victor Moët and son-in-law Pierre-Gabriel Chandon. Since then, the company has operated under the name Moët et Chandon.

Moët et Chandon - Napoleon's visit to the basement on July 26, 1807

From the 1960s, many old champagne companies were taken over, today the company's own vineyards cover over 800 hectares. The most famous brand, which is called the best champagne ever, is the one 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 itself was taken over. A "Dom Pérignon Rosé" was first produced in 1959 with only 306 bottles, these rare examples are among the most expensive wines in the world, He will be out Pinot Noir and Chardonnay generated. The grapes come from Grand Cru locations and to a small extent (as a tribute to Dom Pierre) from the vineyards of the former Hautvillers Abbey. In special years there is also one Vintage,

Moët et Chandon - all bottle sizes and label

The absolute best Dom Pérignon is the one that has been stored longer on the lees or much later than the other champagnes degorgierte "Oenothèque". Hollywood repeatedly integrates Dom Pérignon into films, including the James Bond film "Goldfinger" (1963). In one episode of the TV series "Star Trek" the Schiffstaufe the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701B) with a futuristic “Dom Pérignon” from the year 2265 (see picture).

In Argentina, the Bodega Chandon was founded in Agrelo (Mendoza) in 1959 with over 1,300 vineyards. In 1971 it merged with the Cognac house Hennessy, Finally, in 1987 the entire Moët et Chandon company became the property of the group LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy).

Orangery: Von Palauenc05 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0 , Link
Bottles: By Tomas er - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0 , Link

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