LVMH Moët Hennessy, a luxury beverage giant, has acquired a 50% stake in Armand de Brignac, a champagne brand owned by Jay-Z, American rapper.

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Philippe Schaus, president and CEO of Moët Hennessy, broke the news in a statement on Monday.

He said the new partnership would allow the company to take Armand de Brignac “to new heights across the world”.

“For years we have been following the fantastic success of Armand de Brignac and admiring their ability to challenge some of the rules of the Champagne category,” Schaus said.

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“Armand de Brignac breaks barriers and reflects contemporary luxury, while preserving the traditions of the Champagne terroir.”

On his part, Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, expressed his excitement at the joint venture with Moët Hennessy.

“It is a partnership that has felt familiar the entire time,” the rapper also said.

“We are confident that the sheer power of the Moët Hennessy global distribution framework, its unparalleled portfolio strength and its long-established track record of excellence in developing luxury brands will give Armand de Brignac the commercial power it needs to grow and flourish even further.”

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Jay-Z has sold a 50% stake to Moët Hennessy. Credit: Armand de Brignac

The new deal with Moët Hennesy involves a 50-50 ownership split as well as a global distribution agreement.

Moët Hennessy also looks after other well-known champagne brands including Dom Pérignon and Krug.

Armand de Brignac, also known as ‘Ace of Spades’ due to its logo, was launched by Cattier, a French Champagne company, in 2006, and was later purchased by Jay-Z in 2014 for an undisclosed amount.

The brand was reported to have sold more than 500,000 bottles worldwide in 2019.

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TheCable Lifestyle had earlier reported how the luxury group announced it was suspending its collaboration with Rihanna for the Fenty fashion brand — less than two years into the venture.



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