You feel like some fresh air? Let’s go for a walk in the Mercier wine cellars. They are located in the luxurious Champagne Avenue in Epernay. Countless galleries, 18 km overall, 30 m underneath, dug in the 19th century, with pick and burin.
There is no booking but even in august, it is easy to enter the cellar. They gave us a warm reception. The visit starts with a short video showing how Mercier got started.
Later, you will go down with a panoramic lift displaying a model of Mercier vineyard. Then you’ll take a little train operating with a laser. An English audioguide will explain you the making of champagne.
The interest of cellars is more about hugeness than aesthetic. Galleries all look the same. Kids will probably like the little train tour. The complete visit lasts 30 minutes excluding the wine tasting. This one takes place in a lovely room. You may drink one up to three champagnes (Brut, Rosé, Millésimé).
The Brut champagne is a simple but pleasant wine, it is great on an aperitif and has a barely low price (less than 20€).
« Mercier cellars » – 68 avenue de Champagne – 51200 Epernay
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11 to 19€ per adult, one to three tastings included (price 2012)
5 € without tasting (10 to 17 years old)
free for children under 10 years – provide vests (10 °C in the cellar)
Open from mid-March to mid-December