Moët & Chandon
Founded in 1743 by Mr. Claude Moët, the Champagne House Moët & Chandon was known as "Moët & Co.". Claude was quite famous at the time, since he was one of the official suppliers to Louis XV's court, which loved the region's bubbly wines. The birth of "Moët & Chandon" as a brand happened years later in 1833, when Pierre-Gabriel Chandon de Briailles entered a business partnership with the Moët family.
The Maison Moët & Chandon was one of the first Champagne houses to actively work on the concept of "vintage" during the 1840's. In 1842, the two associates launched their very first vintage wine on the market, gaining immediate success. This of course was not a one-shot thing, since it would continue during the 1860's, with the release of their "Brut Impérial" Champagne and its following cult status.
Years went by and in 1971, the Maison Moët & Chandon merged with the Hennessy Cognac spirits brand, before both were absorbed by Louis Vuitton in 1987, resulting in the LVMH Group, considered to be the biggest name in the international luxury goods industry. Moët & Chandon hasn't stopped growing since then. It now possesses a 1190 hectares vineyard, capable of producing 28 million bottles per year.
The crowning achievement of Moët & Chandon is of course the Dom Pérignon, which first came out in 1961. This champagne (its name is actually an homage to Dom Pierre Pérignon, Benedictine monk and genius winemaker) is a blend of the best Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes found in the vineyard. The Dom Pérignon quickly became Moët & Chandon's flagship brand and found its way into popular culture as the definition of prestige. Dom Pérignon is available in different vintage cuvées.
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