Moët & Chandon Logo – The Maison Moët & Chandon is a producer of wines, sparkling like champagne founded in 1743. The winery today belongs to the group LVMH, the largest producer of luxury goods in the world. The Maison Moët & Chandon is a major producer of champagne in the world. The “House” now has about 1,500 acres (6 km²) of vineyards and annually produces two million cases of champagne. In 1962 she was the first producer listed on the Stock Exchange of France.
The company is headquartered in the town of Epernay, France. In 1743, Claude Moët began delivering wines of the region of Champagne in Paris. The reign of Louis XV coincided with an increased demand for sparkling wines. Moet expanded rapidly and by the end of the eighteenth century, was already selling the drink for the whole Europe and the United States. His grandson, Jean-Rémy Moët, took the “House” for an elite clientele as Thomas Jefferson and Napoleon Bonaparte. The name Chandon was added to the company when Jean-Rémy Moët took half the company to his son in law Pierre-Gabriel Chandon for Briailles in 1832, and the other half to his son Victor Moët.
After introducing the concept of a champagne vintage in 1840, Moët marketed its first vintage in 1842. Its kind Brut Imperial was introduced in the year 1860. Its label best known, the Dom Perignon, is named after the monk Benedictine known as the “father of Champagne.”
The Maison Moët & Chandon merged with Hennessy in Cognac in 1971 and with Louis Vuitton in 1987 to become LVMH (Louis Vuitton-Moët-Hennessy), the largest group of luxury goods in the world with sales of 16 billion euros in 2004. The Moët & Chandon is the official supplier of champagne to Queen Elizabeth II. In 2006, the company produced a limited edition of Moet & Chandon Brut Impérial the bottle is decorated with crystals Swarovski.