What is "Moët et Chandon"?
‘Moët et Chandon’ is a Champagne House and brand located in Épernay, France. The name ‘Moët’ is Dutch in origin, and this is the reason why the pronunciation does not follow French rules, and you pronounce the ‘t’ in ‘Moët’. You do not say ‘moh:way’ or any version ending without a hard ‘t’ in French or in English, because it is incorrect. Some people seem to think that the pronunciation of the ‘t’ has something to do with the French ‘liaison‘. That is categorically wrong because in French you never make a liaison with ‘et’ (which means ‘and’ in French).
The accent on the ‘e’ in ‘Moët’ is technically called a diaresis, and is put there to indicate that the ‘e’ is not part of the ‘o’ sound, and it pronounced separately. Contrast this with the English word ‘shoe’ where the ‘o’ and ‘e’ form one sound. For step by step pronunciation details, hover over the colored letters in the phonetic spelling.
If you want to visit the Moët et Chandon website, here is the link, but I would be remiss in not warning you that it is a nightmare of endless Flash loading which is very popular on French sites for some reason, but annoying to navigate unless you have a great deal more patience than I do.
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