Mercier Champagne House Tour
70 Avenue de Champagne, Epernay, France
www.champagnemercier.fr - 03 26 51 22 22
Mercier Champagne House Tour Epernay Reviews
Mercier Champagne House with Chalk Caves Mar 13, 2010
Mercier Champagne House in Epernay, France is at the heart of the Champagne producing region of France. This Champagne House is one of the best in Epernay for tours and is set up for large groups of visitors from all over the world!
When you arrive at the large parking lot adjacent to the vineyards with huge rabbits hopping around, there is a "welcome center" and you can purchase tour tickets. Once inside, this modern and rennovated tour facility is dwarfed by a towering pyramid of magnum champagne bottles and the famous Mercier Cask, the world's largest wine cask which holds the equivalent of 200,000 bottles of champagne. It was built in 1889 to advertise Mercier at the World Trade Fair in Paris and was pulled there from Épernay by 24 oxen which took eight days and nights.
It took 6 years to excavate the 47 tunnels covering 18 kilometres of champagne cellars, which also has a direct connection to the Paris-Strasbourg railway line. The owner, Eugène Mercier, opened his cellars to the public as early as 1885 and all staff members were tasked to welcome and guide visitors through the cellars.
There is a diorama display as you descend into the caverns of champagne production before boarding an electric laser-guided wooden train that takes you around the 18 kilometers of champagne cellars. there are several beautiful art carvings by the local sculptor Gustave-Andre Navlet who had been commissioned to carve high reliefs from the chalk.
After the tour below ground, the elevator takes you up to the tasting room for a few different offerings of champagne, to include interesting facts about the differentce between blends and vintage champagne. Once you hav etasted these delectible champagnes of an oenophile's dream, there is a chance to purchase bottles of champagne and other gift ideas in the gift shop.
We learned a bunch about the complex process of champagne production, the 3 different types of grape varieties used in champagne production via the double fermentation process. There was a wide range of prices and varieties of champagne.
We recommend the Mercier Champagne House for the tour of the chalk caves, champagne tasting and purchasing very good champagne without the Dom Pérignon prices!
Part of the Trip to Reims, France and the Champagne Region travel blog
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