Champagne - Moët & Chandon

Mot & Chandon, usually known as Mot, is a French fine winery and a partner in the luxury goods conglomerate LVMH Mot Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE. Mot et Chandon is a well-known champagne house and one of the world’s largest champagne makers. Claude Mot founded Mot et Chandon in 1743, and the company now has 1,190 hectares (2,900 acres) of vineyards and produces around 28,000,000 bottles of champagne every year.

Mot et Cie (literally “Mot & Co.”) was founded in 1743 by Épernay wine trader Claude Mot, who began transporting his wine from Champagne to Paris. King Louis XV’s reign coincided with a rise in demand for sparkling wine. The winery’s clientele included nobility and aristocrats soon after its founding, and after its son, Claude-Louis joined Mot et Cie.

After Pierre-Gabriel Chandon de Briailles, Remy Mot’s son-in-law joined the business as a partner of Jean-Remy Mot, Claude Mot’s grandson, the company was renamed Mot et Chandon in 1833.

Mot launched its first vintage champagne in 1842, following the development of the concept of vintage champagne in 1840. Brut Imperial, their best-selling brand, was first offered in the 1860s. Dom Perignon, their best-known label, is named after the Benedictine monk renowned as the “Father of Champagne” in legend. Champagne Mercier controlled the brand until it was sold to Mot in 1927.

Mot & Chandon combined with Hennessy Cognac in 1971 and Louis Vuitton in 1987 to become LVMH (Louis-Vuitton-Mot-Hennessy), the world’s largest luxury conglomerate, with revenues of more than 16 billion euros in fiscal 2004. Mot & Chandon held a royal warrant as Queen Elizabeth II’s champagne supplier.

Mot et Chandon Brut Impérial released an exceptionally limited bottling of their champagne called “Be Fabulous” in 2006, a special edition of its original bottle with ornamental Swarovski crystals, highlighting Mot et Chandon’s elegance.

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