France: Champagne

Around Epernay

The Vallée de la Marne and the Côte des Blancs
By Tom Stevenson and Michael Edwards

This Guide was last updated on 14 August 2014
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Champagne Mercier

Address: 68-70 Avenue de Champagne, 51200 Epernay
Tel: 03 26 51 22 22  Fax: 03 26 51 22 23
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 49:2:24N (49.03997)    Longitude: 3:58:28E (3.97458) 

If you have children, this is the most fun visit in Epernay, with its laser-display, descent in a panoramic lift, miniature train ride around the cellars, and the world's largest barrel on view. When the guide yadders on and on about how complicated a task it was to move the world's largest barrel from the cellars across the road to the new display centre, I suggest you ask: "But I thought you said that Monsieur Mercier employed a team of 24 white oxen to transport this cask to Paris and back in 1889, when it was full, not empty. Wasn’t that harder?". In the 19th century the original premises across the road was known locally as Château Pekin because it was so far up the Avenue de Champagne for Mercier’s workers to walk! Not to let the distance deter visitors, Mercier has a road-bound miniature train parked at the bottom of the Avenue de Champagne.

Useful information: Open every day from 25 March to 15 November 09.30-11.30 and 14.00-16.30. No appointment for visits of fewer than 10 people is required for these dates. However, best to check the rest of the year when often closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. English, German and Dutch spoken. Tours and tastings from €9, reductions for children.


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