Described in the French press as a “Cathedral of stainless steel,” Moët & Chandon’s new vinification facilities in Oiry, France inaugurated a couple of weeks ago (October 2012) have altered the visual landscape of Champagne’s Côte des Blancs.
That’s not all they’ve altered: By 2016 the facilities will have a capacity of 21 million bottles of champagne. It represents an investment of 150 million Euros, funded entirely in-house.
Furthermore, the facilities’ design represents a true oenological innovation – it has a game-changing CO2 capture capability that allows tailored management of each of the cuves. It’s the result of 5 years’ of R&D by team Moët & Chandon whose president now is Stéphane Baschiera.