Moët & Chandon: Wine Makers to the Queen: A History of Champagne Making
Founded in 1743 by Claude Moët, a wine trader, originally called Moët et Cie (Moët and Co.) but it was his grandson, the very driven Jean-Remy Moët, who transformed them into a world wide distributed prestigious luxury brand. In his lifetime, Jean-Remy created this international brand at lightening speed, with his ambition and world travel, he was able to bring his champagne to far away places very quickly.
His personal visits in France and afar cemented deals and his visionary ideas for business sculpted them into the elite luxury brand they are today. He believed that above all that champagne was all about the pleasure that it brings. True then and today. Madame de Pompadour was their first ambassador and their ‘Imperial’ trademark was named in honor of Napoleon, their friend and loyal follower. The name ‘Chandon” was added in 1832 after the retirement of Jean-Rémy retired who then left the company in the hands of his son Victor Moët and son-in-law Pierre-Gabriel Chandon de Briailles. Chandon introduced the concept of a vintage champagne and in 1840 marketing their first vintage in 1842. The Brut Imperial, their best-seller was introduces in 1860.
Moët & Chandon is the worlds’s largest producers of Champagne, producing over 26,000,000 bottles per year. This prestigious brand of Champagne is made to a high standard of excellence. In their line of champagnes is the Moët & Chandon Imperial, Rose Imperial, Nectar Imperial and Grand Vintage.
Excellence in the Art of Champagne Making
Their vineyards are classified as Grand Cru, or Great Growth, a regional classification and designation for vineyards renowned for producing quality grapes. There’s a bit of their nearly 300 years of heritage in every sip from their nearly 2,500 acres / 1,000 hectares of vineyards.
Where To Get Moet et Chandon
Moët & Chandon is widely available around the globe. Check your local resellers. For more information visit them online and see some stunning videos starring Moet et Chandon’s Ambassador Scarlett Johannson and their gorgeous, sprawling estate at www.moet.com
The Taste of Moët & Chandon
Imperial: Very pale straw color with small, active bubbles, with a subtle suggestion of flowers, vanilla, grapefruit, bread. This is a light and delicate champagne.
Rose Imperial: Pink champagne with golden hue, light bubbles aroma of wild strawberries and redcurrants.
Nectar Imperial: Very fruity with roses and white berries, redcurrants, melon and clementine, opening up it takes on the taste of poached pears, bursting with flavor, full and rich.
Grand Vintage: Green apple, fresh cut grass, pineapple, apricots, toast, and it also has a long after taste which is indicative of a very good vintage.