Moet and Chandon is a majestic name in the world of champagnes. It is a French winery and a prominent champagne house, which has gone on to become one of the largest champagne producers in the world. It is also the co – owner of the luxury goods company Moet – Hennessy – Louis Vuitton (LVMH). Moet & Chandon also holds a Royal Warrant for supplying champagne to the Queen of England, Elizabeth II.
Moet & Chandon has a significant history. Originally, it began as Moet etCie (Moet & Co.). It was established in 1743 by Claude Moet, Épernay wine trader. Initially, he started shipping his wine from Champagne to Paris. King Louis XV was a great wine – enthusiast and during his reign, there was an increasing demand for Australian sparkling wine. Gradually, the House’s clientele expanded to most nobles and aristocrats of the time and Moet’s son Claude – Louis joined the winery. Moet began business with Madame de Pompadour in 1750, who supplied Moet’s champagne to the Royal Court in Champagne. She was the mistress of King Louis XIV and one of the most powerful women of her times. Being influential, she helped make the Moet Champagne House quite popular. She even declared – “Champagne is the only wine in the world that makes every woman beautiful.”
After success in France, Claude Moet expanded his business to Spain, Germany, Eastern Europe, and even Colonial British America. Claude Moet died in 1792 and his grandson Jean – Remy Moet took control of the Champagne House. He bought the vineyards of the Abbey of Hautvillers where Dom Perignon, the Benedictine monk, perfected the art of double – fermentation required for creating and producing champagne. Thus, Jean – Remy is recognized worldwide as ‘the man who introduced champagne to the world.’
Another interesting fact little known to the masses is that the House’s flagship champagne, the Moet & Chandon Imperial, owes its name to none other than the infamous Napoleon Bonaparte. Napoleon visited the House’s Epernay estate countless times and awarded Jean – Remy the highest of honours in France, the medal of the Legion d’honneur. Legend even claims that Napoleon and his troops are responsible for inventing the tradition of sabering open bottles of Moet champagne to celebrate victory.
Moet & Chandon’s elegant champagnes have always been there to witness the most pompous and popular events of the era. Be it Napoleon’s conquests, royal weddings or red – carpet gala events, Moet and Chandon champagnes have always graced every exclusive event, catering and serving the prestigious guests.
The Moet & Chandon House has introduced a host of elegant and sophisticated champagnes to the world. The House’s flagship champagne, the Moet &Chandon Imperial is a golden – yellow wave of pleasure that instantly uplifts the mind and soul. The radiant aromas of yellow – fleshed fruits like apple and pear coupled with honey, floral nuances of lime blossom and blond notes of fresh nuts are enough to send the drinker straight down the road to Heaven. Other famous champagnes of the House include the Rose Imperial, the Moet Ice imperial and the Nectar Imperial.