Möet & Chandon is one of the world’s most famous and prolific producers of Champagne. They own over 2,900 acres of vineyards in the Champagne region of France and produce close to 28,000,000 bottles of Champagne a year. Möet was established by Claude Möet in 1743 and has been a staple of the luxury wine market ever since. They currently represent half of the ownership of LVMH, the luxury supergroup which encompasses Louis Vuitton, Möet & Chandon, Hennessy, Christan Dior, and roughly 70 other luxury brands.
- Möet Imperial
Möet Imperial is the flagship bottle for Möet Chandon, based on the recipe created in 1869. It is a Brut Champagne indicative of the Möet Chandon style, boasting a bright and rich fruit flavor. Made up of a blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay grapes, this champagne has hints of green apple and citrus fruit, with a slight nuttiness to it. It is a golden straw color.
- Rosé Imperial
Rosé Imperial is Möet Chandon’s Rosé offering. The color is a rich pinkish amber, and the champagne is made up of a similar blend of grape varietals as the Möet Imperial. The flavor is described as the richness of strawberry, peaches, and raspberry married with a light hint of peppery flavor.
- Ice Imperial
The first Champagne designed to be enjoyed over ice, Ice Imperial is intensely fruity champagne with a deep gold color and notes of mango, nectarine, and guava. The tropical fruit notes make it an excellent choice for summer.
- Ice Imperial Rosé
Ice Imperial Rosé is the first Rosé designed to be enjoyed over ice. In this bottle, the ratio of pinot noir, pinot meunier, and chardonnay grapes has been adjusted to compensate for the addition of ice into the drinking experience. Notes of cherry, pomegranate, and fig abound, with a pink color and highlights of gold. Another great option for summer drinking. A nice bottle to have on the patio during brunch.
- Grand Vintage
The Grand Vintage collection from Möet Chandon is a unique yearly release crafted by the Möet Chandon Cellar Master. Each year, the Cellar Master attempts to capture the spirit of that year’s grapes and bottlings in the Grand Vintage release. Some years capture the essence of the terroir, while others seek to represent the changing of the seasons from spring to summer, and some more abstract concepts, such as freedom. While each year’s vintage is unique, you can be certain you’re getting an absolutely top-notch bottle of Champagne.
- Grand Vintage Rosé
The Rosé counterpart to the Grand Vintage Collection. This bottling is also unique year to year and selected by the Cellar Master at Möet Chandon based on the year and season. Like the Grand Vintage, the concepts represented can be tangible like terroir and grape varieties, or they can be more abstract, like history or emotions.
- Nectar Imperial
This bottle contains hints of vanilla, among intense tropical fruit notes such as passionfruit and pineapple. It’s all tied together by the softer, rounder flavors of stone fruit like plum and apricot. It is considered the boldest flavored Möet Chandon Champagne.
- Nectar Imperial Rosé
A coral and rose gold colored, intensely fruity bottle of Rosé. The Nectar Imperial Rosé has a strong presence of strawberry and brown sugar, with a bit of vanilla and raspberry. Among the boldest of Möet Chandon’s offerings, it is marketed as perfect for the nightlife and club scene.
Likely the most famous Champagne in the world, Dom Perignon is a vintage Champagne, meaning it is only produced in years when the grapes are deemed the absolute highest quality. It is usually aged at least 12 years but often longer, meaning that the original vintage in 1921 was not available for purchase until 1936. When the vintage is deemed high enough quality, Moet will produce around five million bottles per year. The bottle is named after a Benedictine monk who was a pioneer of the Champagne creation process, helping establish the region and product as a worldwide standard of luxury.
- Domaine Chandon
Domaine Chandon is a winery in California established by Möet in 1971. Similar wineries have been founded in Argentina, Brazil, India, Australia, and China. While technically not Champagne, the sparkling wines made by Domaine Chandon use the traditional process and are a high-quality substitute for the original Moet Chandon products. If you’re looking for an introduction to quality sparkling wine and Champagne but don’t want to break the bank, take a close look at the products from Domaine Chandon.
How Much Does Moet & Chandon Champagne Cost?
|Type||Bottle Size||Starting Price|
|Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut Champagne||750ml||$52.99|
|Moët & Chandon Impérial Rosé Champagne||750ml||$63.38|
|Moët & Chandon Nectar Impérial Rosé Champagne||750ml||$68.78|
|Moët & Chandon Nectar Impérial Champagne||750ml||$59.99|
|Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial Champagne||750ml||$62.99|
|Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Champagne||750ml||$76.99|
|Moët & Chandon Ice Imperial Rosé Champagne||750ml||$69.99|
Alternatives for Moet & Chandon
- G.H. Mumm
G.H. Mumm is one of the largest Champagne producers in the world and is owned by liquor industry giant Pernod Ricard. Their bottle bears a distinctive red sash design and like Möet Chandon, G.H. Mumm also owns vineyards in California that produce sparkling wines.
- Veuve Clicquot
The bottle with the iconic yellow label, Veuve Clicquot is among the oldest producers of Champagne in the world, and a worthy adversary to Möet Chandon. Considered a bit drier than Möet Imperial, Veuve is found at a similar price and enjoys a similar reputation for quality. It is probably the best substitute for Möet on the market.
- Lamarca Prosecco
While I wouldn’t call this a Möet competitor in quality, it is available everywhere and very affordable. If you’re making mimosas or simply looking to try your first bottle of sparkling wine, a prosecco like Lamarca is the best introductory option. Prosecco is an Italian sparkling wine, and while it doesn’t enjoy the same reputation as Champagne, it can be a refreshing and delightful drink in its own right.
When mixing up Champagne cocktails, something important to remember is that with older recipes, the champagne they were using was often sweeter than modern Brut Champagne. While you may want to account for this with very old recipes, many modern recipes specifically call for Brut Champagne.
Death in the Afternoon
This bubbly but potent tipple was invented by author Ernest Hemingway during his time spent in Paris. While Hemingway, a diabetic, undoubtedly enjoyed his as dry as possible, it may be preferable for you to use sweeter champagne, or add some sweetness via a sugar cube or simple syrup. The classic recipe is as follows
- 1 ½ oz Absinthe
- 4 ½ oz Chilled Möet Imperial Brut or other Champagne/Sparkling wine
Build in a Champagne saucer or coupe, staring with the absinthe. Hemingway suggested enjoying “three to five of these slowly”.
Pear and Elderflower Spritz
- 1 ½ oz Grey Goose La Poire
- ½ to ¾ oz St Germain
- 3 oz Möet Imperial
- 1 oz Sparkling water
Build in a goblet over ice, give a light stir, and garnish with slices of fresh pear. If you prefer a sweeter drink, use more St.Germain, for a drier cocktail, use less.