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Moët Hennessy unveils new research hub in Champagne

Par Vitisphere Le 25 octobre 2021
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Moët Hennessy unveils new research hub in Champagne
Research conducted at the Robert-Jean de Vögué centre will involve still and sparkling wines but not production of spirits marketed by the LVMH group holding company. - crédit photo : DR

lsquo;Oiry II’ is the name given to the construction site for this gigantic 4,000 m2 building, designed by the architect Giovanni. Work began in 2019 and the building was unveiled on 18 October by technical staff and representatives from the various Moët Hennessy companies.

Designed as a tribute to the Champagne region, the research and development centre is named after Robert-Jean de Vogüé, a local Champagne aristocrat at the helm of Moët & Chandon from 1930 to 1972. It is designed to focus on “innovative solutions to meet the challenges of climate change and loss of biodiversity”, Sandrine Sommers, director of sustainability at Moët-Hennessy, told the local newspaper ‘L'Union’.

In collaboration with the Champagne marketing board, INRAE and CNRS, the Robert-Jean de Vögué centre intends to focus its work on various areas of innovation such as microbiology and biotechnology, plant physiology, process engineering and sensory analysis and formulation. Twenty researchers have already moved into the building.

Moët Hennessy aims to make this centre for innovation a hub for its entire portfolio of 25 wine and spirits companies, which include Ruinart, Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon, Veuve Clicquot, Hennessy Cognac and Belvedere vodka. “An issue encountered by Chandon in Australia can be studied in Champagne”, Philippe Schaus, chairman and managing director of Moët-Hennessy, told L'Union.

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