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Moet & Chandon Bottles

Moet & Chandon Champagne Tasting

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Housing tens of thousands of fermenting bottles of Moët et Chandon and Dom Pérignon, the sleek caves of Moët et Chandon are a must-see for champagne lovers. Enjoy! Parisianist

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About this place

20 Avenue de Champagne - Epernay
Line 4 / 5 / 7 - Gare de l'Est

Tuesday :
9:30 am - 11:30 am
14:00 pm - 16:30 pm
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9:30 am - 11:30 am
14:00 pm - 16:30 pm
Tuesday :
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14:00 pm - 16:30 pm
Wednesday :
9:30 am - 11:30 am
14:00 pm - 16:30 pm
Thursday :
9:30 am - 11:30 am
14:00 pm - 16:30 pm
Friday :
9:30 am - 11:30 am
14:00 pm - 16:30 pm
Saturday : Closed Sunday : Closed

Our Insiders' Article


You have to hand it to Moët et Chandon. Bestowed with the title of “The World’s Most Loved Champagne,” this is the champagne house considered to have introduced champagne to the world. With a rich history and the most extensive acreage and in the region (covering more than 1,000 hectares) this is one of our favourite stops in Champagne.


Getting yourself to Moët et Chandon from Paris can be done in three options:

OPTION 1: By car takes about 1.5-2 hours from Paris depending on traffic (and it can be dense, especially in the direction of Paris) via the “Champagne Trail,” an official highway route through the champagne region. A stop in the city of Reims (the former capital of France) en route is highly recommended.  

OPTION 2: By train takes about one hour and twenty minutes from Paris (Gare de l’Est train station) to Épernay. Trains in the direction of Épernay leave hourly from Gare de l’Est. Moët & Chandon is located 5 minutes by foot from the Épernay station. For train times, visit

OPTION 3: Many companies organize full day tours from Paris to the champagne region, often stopping in the city of Reims and visiting multiple champagne houses.


The story of Moët & Chandon begins with Monsieur Claude Moët, an Épernay wine merchant who founded the House of Moët in 1743. At the time, champagne was an elite yet little known wine. But Claude Moët would turn it into a favourite of cosmopolitans and courtiers throughout Europe, eventually becoming the official supplier to the Royal Court of France. Despite the success of Claude Moët in bringing the House of Moët to Europe, it would be his grandson, Jean-Rémy Moët, who would bring it to the rest of the world. A widely travelled and multi-lingual man, Jean-Rémy Moët was highly social, receiving special visitors to Épernay such as Tsar Alexander I of Russia, King Charles X of France and Napoleon himself. When Jean-Rémy Moët retired in 1833, it would be his son Victor and son-in-law Pierre-Gabriel Chandon, the husband of his daughter Adélaïde, whom would take over the family business. The house would be known from that time forward as Moët & Chandon.


Considering the fact that Moët et Chandon boast more than 1,000 hectares of vineyards in the Champagne region, you might expect to find their caves located amongst these properties. Not exactly. Moët & Chandon is a “chateau-meets-warehouse” looking building actually situated on Avenue de Champagne in the quaint city of Épernay.

Parisianist Fun Fact: Avenue de Champagne is coined “the Rodeo Drive (luxury street in Beverly Hills, California) of Champagne” When walking through the main entrance, you notice immediately that you have entered into one of the former residences of the Moët family, acquired by Claude Moët in the early 18th century. Then arriving at the welcome counter, you will choose your tour option (3 options that only differ by the type of champagne you would like to sample afterwards...and the price of course) and wait in the sitting room for your tour to begin.


Moët et Chandon offers tours in many languages throughout the day. That being said, it is highly recommended to reserve your place on the tour in advance. Tours are led by lovely guides in smart uniforms: full of knowledge about the house and ready to answer any extra questions. The tour starts with the history of the house, followed by a short video (beautiful yet slightly overloaded with luxury jargon). At the end of the video the guide re-appears and you know it’s time...cave time! 25km of 10°C champagne cave time to be exact.


Descending the stairs and into the caves, you take in an experience of the senses all at once: fresh 10 degree air, a subtle smell of fungus and the majestic alleyways of the champagne caves. The guide starts by smoothly explaining the defining points of the champagne region and champagne making process (an intricate process of 2 fermentations). At this point take a look at the roof and walls: here you are standing in the original caves whose pick axe marks can still be seen.  


For the next 30 minutes you will wind through the dark alleyways, lined with thousands of fermenting bottles, as the guide explains the entire champagne making process. This sign reads as follows: first line - wine-master’s secret code, second line - location in the caves, third line - number of bottles in this group. Top highlights include the enormous barrel of port (a gift from Napoleon to Moët from a trip in Portugal), the section dedicated to Dom Pérignon (yes, it is in the same caves as Moët & Chandon; a dedicated Dom Pérignon tour is also available), and rows of riddling racks filled with bottles.

Parisianist Fun Fact: 10 riddlers can turn up to 35,000 to 50,000 bottles daily.  


After about 45 minutes in total, you will find yourself back up at ground level in the tasting room where champagne flutes await and tasting experts explain the different champagne varieties. Depending on the tour you have chosen, you might sample the Impérial (bright fruitiness and an elegant maturity), Rosé Impérial (intense fruitiness and flamboyant flavours), Nectar Impérial (tropical fruitiness and a crisp finish) and/or the Grand Vintage (champagnes made from the grapes of a single exceptional harvest). 


As you enjoy your champagne, you will notice small trucks zooming by just outside the room, disappearing into the darkness of endless kilometers of caves. This is a working cave after all. En route to the gift shop (where you can buy all kinds of Moët et Chandon, Dom Pérignon and champagne accessories) make sure to snap your photo under the archway branded Moët & Chandon


In the Middle-Ages, the sparkling wine accidently created in the Champagne abbeys was called the devil’s wine, as the bubbles (and the taste) were highly unpopular at the time… at least for the French. The English, on the other hand, appreciated this new alcoholic beverage and bought many barrels of Champagne from the French monks, therefore maintaining its production. In 1670, a monk called Pierre (Dom) Pérignon improves the making of Champagne, and therefore the taste: popularity, although still low, starts to increase. It was only with the help of people such as Claude Moët that Champagne acquired its modern reconnaissance.

Parisianist Fun Fact: There are close to 2 million bubbles in a champagne glass, created mostly by the impurities inside the glass. One recommendation: don’t turn your champagne glasses upside down when putting them in the cupboard. 


One bottle of Moët & Chandon Impérial is popped every second somewhere in the world. Now, next time it is you popping one of these bottles, whether in Sao Paulo or Tokyo, remember, it was once sitting in these majestic caves.

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