Estates & Wines - 1Our collection
Moët-Hennessy’s unique collection
of premium wine estates from around the world
Discovering excellent wines lovingly crafted in limited quantities by men and women with a passion for their terroir is a rare pleasure. Rarer still, when those wines come from places as diverse as the foothills of the Andes, the sandy, pine-fringed hills of North-Western Spain or a glacial river valley on New Zealand’s South Island.
Diversity, discovery, excellence and pleasure are the four principles behind just such a collection of wines. Cheval des Andes, Terrazas de los Andes, Bodega Numanthia, Cloudy Bay, Cape Mentelle, Newton Vineyard and Ao Yun together make up Estates & Wines, the wine division of Moët Hennessy and part of the LVMH group.
Drawn from 1,500 hectares of vineyard in Argentina, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Spain and China, these wines have broken new ground, whether quite literally by pioneering new or forgotten regions, or through distinctive winemaking techniques. And all still and sparkling alike, have attracted critical acclaim.
Estates & Wines - 2Our history
Moët Hennessy's pioneering approach since 1955,
creating and acquiring world-class wineries, that came together in 2003 as Estates & Wines
In 1955, Robert-Jean de Vogüé, then President of Moët & Chandon, started to look beyond his native Champagne for regions capable of producing top-quality sparkling wines. A man of vision, he foresaw a time when the Champagne appellation would no longer be able to meet the growing demand for such wines. A visit to Argentina four years later convinced him that Mendoza had the potential he sought, and in 1960 the company’s first subsidiary outside France, Bodegas Chandon Argentina, was established. Several decades before New World wines first registered in the public consciousness, Moët Hennessy was already treading a path others would follow.
Chandon’s Argentine presence was bolstered in 1973 by sister companies in California’s Napa Valley and Brazil. Barely ten years later, Domaine Chandon Australia was founded in the Yarra Valley and the collection was completed recently by Chandon China and Chandon India in 2013.
While Moët & Chandon was building a portfolio of international vineyards, its LVMH stablemate Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin acquired wine interests of its own in 1990 with the purchase of three promising New-World wineries: Cape Mentelle in Australia’s Margaret River, Newton Vineyard from the Napa Valley and Cloudy Bay in New Zealand. The first two were founded in the 1970s, the third in 1985, and all three were fast gaining reputations for excellence.
1999 saw Argentina figure again in Moët Hennessy’s wine plans with the creation of Terrazas de los Andes and a partnership with leading Bordeaux chateau Cheval Blanc under the name Cheval des Andes. With such substantial interests in world-class wines, the company decided to bring them all under one roof in 2003 with the founding of Estates & Wines, Moët Hennessy’s dedicated wine division. The acquisition of Bodega Numanthia in 2008 added a remarkable range of red wines from Spain’s resurgent Toro region, giving the division its current shape
Estates & Wines - 3Our values
Of course, diversity can be more than geographic. Wine has been made in Toro, the home of Bodega Numanthia in Spain’s North-Western corner, since Roman times, yet the Marlborough region of New Zealand saw its first vines planted in the 1970s, and within little more than a decade Cloudy Bay had put it on the wine world’s map.
Excellence shines through Cape Mentelle’s wines, the Margaret River winery regularly achieving scores over 90 points from recognised wine writers and critics the world over. And it was the excellent reputation of Terrazas de los Andes that persuaded Chateau Cheval Blanc, one of Bordeaux’s greatest Grands Crus, to enter the Cheval des Andes partnership.
Chandon first discovered Argentina’s potential to produce top-quality sparkling wines in the late 1950s. Forty years later, that same spirit of discovery led Terrazas de los Andes to pioneer high-altitude viticulture in the country, finding the optimal soil and sunlight for each varietal.
As for pleasure, that comes naturally with great wine. And what could be more natural than using indigenous rather than cultured yeasts, or preserving the wine’s superior fruit integrity by bottling it unfiltered? Both are common practice at Newton Vineyard in California’s Napa Valley.
Estates & Wines - 4Our environmental policy
Improving the diverse environments
around our wineries
Estates & Wines is Moët-Hennessy’s worldwide collection of premium wine estates. These estates seek to develop wines, both still and sparkling, and brands through a focus on quality, design, innovation and commitment to the environment. This represents a long-term, strategic commitment to environmental sustainability, aiming to ensure that our global vineyard and winery operations enhance the environments of the diverse regions where they are located.
The key objectives of the Estates & Wines Environmental Policy are to:
1Comply with or exceed the requirements of current environmental legislation and codes of practice in each country.
2Adopt the regional or national “sustainable viticulture and winemaking program” of each country. Also to continue to adopt new technologies and techniques, such as organic or biodynamic management practices, that enhance the long-term sustainability of our vineyards and winery operations.
3Reduce our use of natural resources by maximising the efficiency of water usage in viticulture and winemaking, use only chemicals that do not degrade the environment, and protect the land from erosion.
4Establish Environmental KPI’s, which will be annually assessed and compared with international best practice. An annual review of each Estate’s practices will include surveying trends in energy use and efficiency gains, efficiency of water usage in vineyards and wineries, and volumes of liquid and solid waste treatment and its ultimate disposal.
5Ensure each E&W winery adopts the national “packaging covenant” or equivalent, which implies pursuing packaging and waste reduction whilst improving waste recycling efficiency.
6Require all wineries to design programs to minimise their carbon footprint from direct (self-generated) and indirect (production inputs and transport) CO2 production.
7Continuously improve waste management according to industry best practice. This includes liquid and solid waste reduction, solid waste recycling, and liquid waste treatment to meet environmental requirements.
8Educate and promote an understanding of environmental issues and our actions to all stakeholders, striving to build teams that share the E&W values.