MOET & CHANDON
The Moët family originally comes from Holland, but has been active in Champagne since the fifteenth century. The Champagne domain was established in 1743 by Claude Moët, but rose to fame under the leadership of Jean-Rémy at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Napoleon, who studied at the military academy in Brienne, became good friends with Jean-Rémy, who soon became the mayor of Épernay. It was the start of a fabulous success story! In order for Napoleon to have a suitable place to stay on his many visits to Champagne, Le Trianon Palace was built opposite Moët & Chandon on the Avenue de Champagne.
Nowadays the domain owns over 553 hectares at forty-four villages, but this is still not enough. As all of 200 villages are used in the non-vintage cuvée, 75 per cent of the grapes must be bought. As much as 82 per cent of the entire production is exported. Despite Moët achieving enormous success with their simple non-vintage Champagne, the step-up in quality for all of their vintage wines is gigantic.