| images by john ecker, pantheon photography

Moët et Chandon, Épernay, Champagne Region, France, photo by John Ecker, Pantheon Photography

MOËT ET CHANDON, EPERNAY, CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE: The Moët et Chandon cellars are found in Épernay in the Champagne region of France. Tours are held daily and guides share their exuberant passion for the ‘Champagne method’. While much is made of the labour intensive methods of old, including hand riddling (turning bottles), that part of the process is now mostly mechanized. Their most popular label is the prestigious Dom Pérignon line of vintage Champagnes. Tour guides make it clear Moët is correctly pronounced “m-wett” (Dutch origin) not, “mo-way.” No matter how you say it, what matters most is what comes out of the bottle. Fun Fact: Dom Pérignon Brut Champagne 2000 was released in October 2010. The 1500 ml. bottle is $575.00 Cdn. The Robert Parker Guide gives it a score of 94.

Shot handheld, Nikon D300, Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm lens at 225mm, f5.6, 1/30 sec, 1600 ISO. Photo by John Ecker     |     pantheon photography

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