Moët & Chandon

Moët et Chandon began life as Moët et Cie (Moët & Co.) and was established in Épernay by wine trader Claude Moët in 1743. Moet started shipping his wine from Champagne to Paris, and with his work coinciding with the reign of King Louis XV demand quickly increased. There was great interest in the new sparkling wines, which soon became the favorite of noblemen and aristocrats. Soon after its foundation, Moët son Claude-Louis joined Moët et Cie. The House became known as Moët and Chandon in 1832 when Jean-Rémy, the then celebrated leader of Moet & Cie retired and left the company in the hands of his son Victor Moët and son-in-law Pierre-Gabriel Chandon de Briailles. As Chandon became more involved in the business and was the co-owner, the name was officially changed that year to "Moët et Chandon”. Following the introduction of the concept of a vintage champagne in 1840, Moët marketed its first vintage in 1842. Their best-selling brand, Brut Imperial, was introduced in the 1860s. The House is steeped in history and now has over 1000 hectares of vineyards. Renowned for its quality and diversity, Moët and Chandon boasts 25 of the 41 premier crus and 13 of the 17 grand crus. They also have 28 kilometres of cellars in Epernay! Moët and Chandon is probably the best known brand of Champagne in the UK and many of us celebrating a birthday or a wedding or special event will have enjoyed a glass of Moët and Chandon during that celebration.