Moët & Chandon

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Moët & Chandon
Part-holder of LVMH
Industry Winery
Genre French winery
Founded 1743 (272 years ago)
Founder Claude Moët
Headquarters 20, avenue de Champagne
BP 140, 51333 Épernay
France
Area served
Worldwide
Products French wine
Revenue €1.2 billion (2011)
Number of employees
1,715 (2011)
Website www.moet.com
Moët et Chandon
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Wine region Épernay
Appellation Champagne
Cases/yr 2,000,000
Known for Dom Pérignon
Varietals Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier
Website www.moet.com

Moët & Chandon (French pronunciation: ​[moɛt e ʃɑ̃.dɔ̃]),[1] or Moët, is a French winery and co-owner of the luxury goods company Moët-Hennessy • Louis Vuitton. Moët et Chandon is one of the world's largest champagne producers and a prominent champagne house. The company holds a Royal Warrant to supply champagne to Elizabeth II.[2] Moët et Chandon was established in 1743 by Claude Moët, and today owns more than 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres) of vineyards, and annually produces approximately 26,000,000 bottles of champagne.[3]

History[edit]

Foundation[edit]

Moët et Chandon began as Moët et Cie[1] (Moët & Co.), established by Épernay wine trader Claude Moët in 1743,[4] and began shipping his wine from Champagne to Paris. The reign of King Louis XV coincided with increased demand for sparkling wine. Soon after its foundation, and after son Claude-Louis joined Moët et Cie, the winery's clientele included nobles and aristocrats.

Moët began business in 1750 with Madame de Pompadour, who supplied the Royal Court at Compiègne with Moët's champagne.[1] Also in 1750, Moët began establishing business in Germany, Spain, Eastern Europe, and colonial British America.[1] In 1792, on Claude Moët's death, grandson Jean-Rémy Moët assumed control of Moët et Cie,[1] and expanded the business buying the vineyards of the Abbey of Hautvillers, where Benedictine monk Dom Pérignon perfected double-fermentation for creating champagne.[1]

Moreover, the Moët surname was prestigious before the winery's establishment; King Charles VII ennobled brothers Jean and Nicolas Moët (Claude's ancestors) in 1446.[4]

Into the 19th century[edit]

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