Fodor's Expert Review Mercier

Épernay Winery

A tour here will take you for a 20-minute ride on a laser-guided electric train with commentary provided by an audio guide that gives insight into the Champagne making process. Admire the giant 200,000-bottle oak barrel it took 24 oxen three weeks to cart to the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1889, and the decorative wall sculptures by Gustave Navlet. A panoramic elevator down to (and up from) the cellars is a welcome plus. A chilled glass of bubbly awaits at the end of the tour. There is a choice of three different tastings, and one of the options includes a Blanc de Noirs (made using only black-skinned grapes).

Winery

Quick Facts

68--70 av. de Champagne
Épernay, Grand-Est  France

03–26–51–22–22

www.champagnemercier.com

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: From €18, Closed mid-Dec.–Jan. and Tues. and Wed. mid-Feb.–mid-Mar. and mid-Nov.–mid-Dec.

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