Before you heard about them in Kanye West's songs, Moet et Chandon sparkling wines were drinks reserved for French kings, Russian tzars and Napoleon I himself. For as long as it's been around -- since 1743 to be exact -- Moet has been the drink of the rich and famous. But the truth is, this luxury brand makes just as many low-grade bottlings as it does prestige cuvees. Its production is nothing short of enormous, totaling about 26,000,000 bottles per year. How, you ask? Moet owns over 1000 hectares of vines in Champagne and employs several thousand workers. Of course, no one wants to hear about the regular stuff. It's the Dom Pèrignon we care about.
Named for the Benedictine monk who perfected the double-fermentation for creating champagne, Dom P, as it's affectionately called, is remarkably suave, consistent and age worthy, particularly for a luxury bottling made in large quantities -- about 5,000,000 bottles per vintage made from 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir. On the business side, Moet et Chandon merged with cognac producer Jas Hennessy & Co. in 1971 and then with Louis Vuitton to create the largest luxury group in the world -- Moët Hennessy.
On another note, one of the première locations in France to buy Moet et Chandon, amongst other wines, is the le bon marché (the Good Store), the most exclusive department store in Paris, where you can find a massive range of wine.
Moet et Chandon is considered to be a revolutionary champagne that outclasses many other alcoholic beverages due to popularity alone. These include popular choices such as many Canadian whiskies, India Pale Ale, Cheval Blanc, Chandon Brut Imperial, Irish whiskey, Scotch whiskey, American whiskey, Japanese whiskey and Scotch whiskey.