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The champagne house Moët & Chandon (also known as Moët for short), based in Épernay in the French department of Marne, was founded in 1743 by Claude Moët (1683-1760), who had inherited a number of vineyards. The family had been involved in the wine trade in Champagne since the 14th century. He was acquainted with Pierre Pérignon (1639-1715), with whose abbey, where this famous monk worked, the company would later have a special relationship. His son Claude-Louis Nicolas Moët (1719-1792) supplied champagne to the table of King Louis XV (1710-1774). His mistress Madame Pompadour (1721-1764) said: "Champagne is the only drink that makes women more beautiful the more they drink of it".

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