Introduction of Moët & Chandon Champagne
It may seem like Moët & Chandon is the biggest producer of true champagne because the name has become synonymous with champagne. From pop culture references to casual conversation, grabbing a bottle of “Moët” is quite popular.
Moët & Chandon has developed into a massive champagne producing enterprise. With over 2,500 acres of vineyards, Moet produces around 28,000,000 bottles of its champagnes each year.
As a household name, Moët & Chandon takes its popularity further with several big names attached to its enterprise. First, a side brand produced by Moet & Chandon is quite popular in its own right: Dom Perignon. This vintage champagne is a much smaller production and has a very different price point from other Moët & Chandon offerings.
Moët & Chandon has partnered into a conglomerate of luxury with the brands Hennessy and Louis Vuitton. With such well-known names under one theoretical roof, it is not surprising that Moet is such a popular champagne.
However, with such prestige, the price point may be a little shocking. As you will see in our Moët & Chandon Champagne price guide, Moët falls into the $50 – $65 range with most of its offerings (the Dom Perignon brand will not be included).
Let’s examine Moet & Chandon including a look at what makes its price point fall under what you might expect from this brand.
Moët & Chandon Champagne Prices
The Moët Imperial is arguably the most popular champagne in the world, assuming we are talking sales volume. Sitting at right around $50 for this now iconic bottle of champagne, there are many alternatives in the same price range. The interesting aspect of Moet & Chandon is its lack of pricing disparity.
Volume Does Not Equal a Lack of Quality
Some connoisseurs take issue with Moet & Chandon as it appears to be produced en masse, given the high volume of bottles coming from the champagne house each year. However, it is important to not confuse a massive quantity with a lack of quality.
In fact, having such a large production can improve the overall quality of the wines if done correctly (over 200 years in the business has taught Moet & Chandon how to “do it correctly). Having access to large tracts of grape vines alone can provide winemakers with endless options to create the “perfect blend”.
Production Impacts Pricing
For Moet & Chandon, the production of its wines plays a major role in the price points. The majority of the wines from Moet are non-vintage, meaning grapes from different years take a spot in the blend. This can bring the overall price down as it is less expensive to make with a blend of years.
The sheer volume of production is also one way Moët & Chandon keeps its costs down. Producing almost 30,000,000 bottles a year means they have the process running efficiently and effectively.
Finally, their most productive and popular blend (Brut Imperial) spends a relatively short two years aging. This means more product is heading out for sale more frequently, keeping the costs of storage and holding product back low.
Where is the Really Expensive Stuff?
You may have noted in our Moët & Chandon prices list that the prices range from $51 – $64. This is quite the diversion from many higher-end champagne brands. One reason for this is certainly its segmentation of the Dom Perignon brand.
Dom Perignon represents the luxury, or prestige champagne. While produced by the Moët & Chandon Champagne House, it is considered a separate group of products and thus is missing from the price list. Here are a couple average Dom Perignon prices for comparison:
- Dom Perignon 2009 – around $150
- Dom Perignon P2 Brut 2000 – around $400
As you can see, Dom Perignon provides the higher price point missing from the standard list of Moët & Chandon champagnes. A popular champagne that matches this high-end feel is known as Cristal by the Louis Roederer family of champagnes. Cristal and Cristal Rose are around $250 and $500.
Comparable Brands Like Moët & Chandon
If the Dom Perignon price point is out of reach or just unreasonable to you, Moet & Chandon represents the “middle of the road” pricing that many champagne drinkers reach for. There are other brands in this price point that may ring a bell:
- Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label
- Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut
- Canard Duchêne Authentic Brut
- GH Mumm Cordon Rouge
In the price point of most Moet & Chandon wines, many similar options are on the table. Inside of the Moet & Chandon family, the entry-level price and its most expensive Nectar Imperial Rose are only separated by around $10 or so.
A Rare Find
It is unusual to find a prestigious champagne house like Moet & Chandon offering such a static price point. Outside of some rare releases or collectible bottles, Moet can be had for between $50 and $65.
With a massive production that has developed a streamlined process keeping costs down and a high-end label that houses all the very expensive vintage cuvees, Moet & Chandon keeps its reasonable price list intact.
Common Moët & Chandon Champagne Prices List
|Name||Average Price||Food Suggestion|
|Moet Imperial||$51||Shellfish, Crab and Lobster|
|Moet Rose Imperial||$59||Meaty and Oily Fish|
|Moet Ice Imperial||$58||Cakes and Cream|
|Moet Ice Rose Imperial||$60||Cakes and Cream|
|Grand Vintage 2009||$61||Shellfish, Crab and Lobster|
|Moet Nectar Imperial Rose||$64||Meaty and Oily Fish|
|Moet Reserve Imperiale||$44||Shellfish, Crab and Lobster|
|Moet Nectar Imperial||$51||Cakes and Cream|
|Grand Vintage 2008||$59||Shellfish, Crab and Lobster|