Champagne is a beverage with an interesting history. French monks created it as a sparkling, alcoholic drink in the 17th century, and its production became so successful that by the 19th-century champagne was exported all over Europe. As for Moët & Chandon’s wines…
Moet & Chandon produces one of the most popular types of champagne, Imperial.
The production of Moët & Chandon’s wines began in 1743 in the Champagne region of France (now the largest champagne-producing region), in Epernay, to be exact. The company began by selling wine-based drinks under the name “Moët et Cie” (the French translation of Moët & Chandon).
Moët et Cie quickly gained commercial success. Their best wines were served to French royalty, including Louis XV and Marie Antoinette; the latter’s consumption of the beverage became well-known when she was popularized as saying “Let them eat cake!” (the supposed idea behind the French Revolution).
In 1832, a year after the French Revolution, Claude Moët’s son took over as head of the company. His name was Jean-Remy Moët. It was he who would transform the business into what it is today: one of the most popular champagne companies in France and all over the world.
At this time, Moët & Chandon was exporting its wines to other European countries and to the United States. It was during this era that the company began receiving royal warrants from various kings and queens in Europe. By 1859, a worldwide presence had been achieved as well: a subsidiary of the company opened in London, England.
In 1867, Emperor Napoleon III offered Jean-Remy Moët the title of “Imperial Producer to the Court” (producer to the Crown). This was just one example of Napoleon III’s support for the company.
The 20th century came along and with it some important wines from Moët & Chandon: Dom Pérignon, for example.
In 1987, Moët & Chandon was acquired by luxury conglomerate LVMH.
Today, Moët & Chandon produces a number of different wines, including Imperial and Brut Impérial champagne (a luxurious champagne aimed at international markets), as well as vintage cuvee champagnes that are produced in small quantities.
It is important to note that not all Moët & Chandon wines are extremely expensive, rare, or vintage. For example, the company produces a non-vintage Brut Impérial champagne that can be found in stores around the world for an affordable price ($45 USD). However, most of its wines are still of high quality and are relatively expensive, especially after gaining fame through royal warrants or prestigious awards.
The production of Moët & Chandon wines continues today; however, the company has started to focus more on luxury products (like its champagne-based fragrances). Until then, it is known for producing one of the most popular types of champagne in the world: Imperial.