When Moët & Chandon invite you on a private champagne tour of their cellars, to learn about the World’s most popular Champagne, you know you’re in for a treat! This is precisely what happened when Mr O’T and I made our way over to the Champagne region in France last month, after a fabulous weekend exploring Chantilly.
Situated in the heart of Epernay on the most expensive street in the world, is the Moët & Chandon estate.
As this was my first visit and the very first tour we did in Epernay, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. One thing I will say is that I certainly wasn’t expecting chateau level grandeur!
Hurtling through the entrance past security, I was awestruck at quite how chic the hallway interiors are. I’ve been on plenty of wine tours in my time and no wine estates have interiors that quite live up to Moët & Chandon.
After being introduced to our guide, we descended the stairwell down into the cellar, ready for our Champagne tour to begin. Therein began our history lesson.
Spanning 28km, Moët & Chandon boasts the largest network of underground wine cellars in the whole of the Champagne region. The oldest tunnel even dates back to the company’s inception of 1743.
Whilst we weren’t privy to the number of bottles stored in this vast network of underground cellars, it’s safe to say that bottle production goes well into the millions.
Did you know that a bottle of Moët & Chandon is opened somewhere in the world every single second?!
Although the company was founded in 1743 by Claude Moët, the Champagne House only became known as Moët & Chandon in 1833.
Another Champagne you might be familiar with which is part of the Moët & Chandon family is Dom Pérignon. This is a brand of vintage Champagne and serves as the house’s prestige champagne. It’s named after Dom Pérignon, a Benedictine monk who was an important quality pioneer for Champagne.
After a fascinating tour of the cellars and history, we were escorted to the house’s private gardens to indulge in some Champagne tasting.
This was a real treat as we had the gardens to ourselves.
After thanking our guide for our private tour, we headed to the in-house Champagne shop to scope out their offerings. I don’t think I’ve ever stepped into a more attractive Champagne shop.
I literally wanted to buy everything in sight but as we were travelling hand luggage only, it wasn’t to be on this trip. But that’s ok because we will most definitely be back!
Are you a fan of Moët & Chandon or have you been on a Champagne Tour in Epernay before?
Please note: I was a guest of Moët & Chandon but my review is in no way influenced by my love for Champagne 😉 .