Moët et Chandon was founded by Claude Moët in 1743, a wine trader descended from an old family, resident in the Champagne region since the 14th century, who became one of few merchants accredited to serve King Louis XV and the royal court of France. Today the company holds a royal warrant to supply Queen Elizabeth II.
Moët marketed its first vintage in 1842 and their best-selling brand, Brut Imperial in the 1860´s. Moët owns the largest vineyard area in Champagne and produces approximately 30 million bottles a year, stored in the largest cellars in the region covering 28 kilometres. It is the biggest-selling Champagne in the world. Lunch will be reserved at a typical French bistro or gastronomic restaurant. A picnic might also be possible.
The House is located in Epernay, which dates back to the end of the first Iron Age. It has the second largest concentration of major Champagne houses including Moet et Chandon, De Castellane, Mercier, and Pol Roger located along the Ave. de Champagne with about 110 kilometres of underground cellars.
The quaint Premier Cru of Hautvillers village calls itself “the cradle of Champagne” based on the legend that Dom Perignon invented Champagne. Dom Pierre Pérignon, arrived here in 1668 as cellar-master who transformed the wine development, vine management, blending and quality control. In 1794 Claude Moët bought the the vineyards of the former Abbey of Hautvillers. The Dom Perignon brand is a prestige vintage cuvee owned by and stored at Moët.
Cellar visit and tasting at Moët et Chandon on Avenue de Champagne in Epernay.
Visit the village of Hautvillers, a charming flower-filled wine village with sweeping views of the Marne River Valley. Spend a few minutes to see his gravestone in the Choir of the church, narrow streets, and traditional forged-iron shop signs.
On a full day tour we will organize visits to 2 family vineyards and lunch according to your budget.
Iconic - Single tasting of non vintage Brut
Imperial - Double tasting of non vintage Brut and Rosé
Grand Vintage - Double tasting of vintage Brut and vintage Rosé
Moët & Chandon NV Brut Impërial Wine - Enthusiast 89 points
Blend - Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay
Sourced -100 different crus (20-30% reserve wines)
Aged -18 months
During July and the beginning of August, Moët will offer picnic matching the Houses famous Moët Imperial Rosé Champagne taking place in their famous Orangerie Gardens which is being opened exceptionally for this program.
A lovely basket of dishes has been created by Marco Fadiga, the Maison's Executive Chef. A menu inspired by his travels, he will take you on a culinary journey, from Hawaii to Morocco and end in Lebanon exploring flavours match the aromatic intensity of Moët Impérial Rosé.