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In 1858, Eugène Mercier merged several Champagne firms under his own name. He then had 18km of galleries dug. To celebrate the 1889 World Exhibition, he asked a sculptor from Châlons named Navlet to decorate a huge tun with a capacity of 215.000 bottles and place it on a cart drawn by 24 oxen together with 18 horses acting as support in uphill sections of the journey. This
exceptional convoy travelled from Épernay to Paris in 20 days; some bridges had to be reinforced and walls demolished along the way. One hundred years later, the huge tun, weighting 34 tonnes, was put on display in the main hall.
Mercier is the second Champagne producer after Moët et Chandon and it belongs to the same group.
A panoramic lift takes visitors down to the cellars for a ride in a small automatic train along galleries decorated with carvings by Navlet.
©Michelin Green Guides – Alsace, Lorraine, Champagne

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Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
12/6/2007 14:47:21
Shooting Mode: Aperture-Priority AE
Tv (Shutter Speed): 1/500
Av (Aperture Value): 4.0
Metering Mode: Evaluative Metering
Exposure Compensation: 0
ISO Speed: 800
Lens: 10.0 - 20.0 mm
Focal Length: 10.0 mm
Image Quality: RAW
White Balance Mode: Auto
AF Mode: One-Shot AF
Noise Reduction: Off
Drive Mode: Continuous shooting

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