Moet Hennessy, the French luxury goods company, has secured the rights to distribute two of the world's most lucrative premium vodkas, Chopin and Belvedere in major markets outside North America. was told by a spokeswoman for Polmos Sieldlce, the Polish company that produces the Chopin vodka, that the deal was signed earlier today. But a she was unable to confirm when sales through Moet Hennessy would begin and couldn't comment further on the deal.

Belvedere vodka is produced by Polmos Zyrardow.

According to other Polish sources the deal has been signed in conjunction with the US's Millennium Import company who have been selling the brands in the US for over four years now.

Moët Hennessy will not be responsible for the distribution of Belvedere or Chopin in the US, Canada or Mexico - this will remain the responsibility of Millennium Import Company.

Current US sales are in the region of 2.5 million bottles, more than 50% of the super-premium vodka market, at a retail price of around $30 a bottle.

Moet Hennessy would only say that: "Under the leadership of Edward Phillips, chairman and CEO of Phillips Beverage Company, the Millennium team has developed these exciting luxury vodkas in North America. In other major markets, Moet Hennessy will build Belvedere and Chopin along with our unique portfolio of leading luxury brands."

The company would not comment further on the deal.