About Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut Champagne
Moët & Chandon is one of the largest producers of Champagne in the world and the co-owner of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. Its roots date back to 1743 when Moët et Cie was founded by wine trader Claude Moët. During the reign of King Louis XV, the demand for Champagne was rising, prompting the Champagne house to ship its wine to Paris. The company was renamed Moët et Chandon in 1833, launching its first vintage Champagne in 1842, and the flagship Brut Imperial some 20 years later. Today, the winery produces nearly 30 million bottles per year and owns 2,900 acres (1,190 hectares) of vineyards. The house is best known for producing Dom Perignon Champagne.
The house is known for its distinctive bright and fruity style. Each stage of production relies on the vast know-how of “vine growers, vat men, cellar men, oenologists and other professionals all united by the strong principles that constitute our core values.” The Champagne is crafted under the watchful eye of Chef de Cave Benoît Gouez, who ensures that each bottle is brimming with Moët & Chandon character.
Moët Impérial Brut was created in 1869 and has since become an iconic Champagne and the embodiment of the bright, vibrant, and fruity style of the house. The blend is created with more than 100 different wines, 20 to 30% of these being reserve wines. 30 to 40% of the blend is Pinot Noir, contributing to the body, Pinot Meunier is present in a similar ratio, bringing suppleness to the mix. 20 to 30% of Chardonnay brings finesse to the blend.
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