The work of a visionary
Mercier Champagne House
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More than a simple “Champagne House”, the House of Mercier buildings at the top end of Avenue de Champagne are, in reality, an industrial complex born of the visionary spirit of the brand's founder, Eugène Mercier. 

Having founded the Champagne House bearing his name in 1858, Eugène Mercier gradually procured a series of plots of land on which to build a modern, functional complex. He ordered 18km of cellars to be dug out 30m below ground level, along with the construction of buildings to house offices and the owner's private residence, and storehouses. The premises are noteworthy because of their logical layout. The galleries of cellars, designed based on a single-level grid plan, emerge at the same level as the railway line, to which they are linked by a branch line. The building work lasted six years (1871-1877). The cellars were opened to the public in 1885 and the French president, Sadi Carnot, toured them in a horse-drawn carriage in 1891. Modern-day tourists visit the cellars in a small electric tourist train. 

Maison Mercier

However, one must recall that Eugène Mercier was also a pioneer of advertising. The giant wine cask (weighing 23 tonnes with a 1,600 hectolitre capacity, equivalent to 213,000 bottles) which he commissioned to create his blends was one of the major attractions of the 1889 Exposition Universelle in Paris, along with... the Eiffel Tower! Now fully restored, the cask remains a high point of any visit to the Champagne House.


Mercier Champagne House, 68 avenue de Champagne – 51200 Épernay


Maison Mercier
The place where Champagne was born
Les circuits des cadoles des Riceys
Grauves panoramic viewpoint
Les Riceys panoramic viewpoint
Château-Thierry American Monument
Leboeuf Champagne House, known as the Pressoir Henri IV
Battles of the Marne Memorial (1914-1918) in Dormans
Hautvillers Abbey (in Hautvillers)
Distant horizons
Outstanding built heritage along its entire length
A bird's eye view of the town and hillsides
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Hôtel Guyot (now the Maison Belle Époque)
The Sainte-Hélène press house in Hautvillers
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Mission Coteaux, Maisons et caved de Champagne

Mission Coteaux, Maisons et caves de champagne C/O, Agence d'urbanisme de Reims, Place des droits de l'homme CS 90 000 51084 Reims CEDEX FRANCE

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