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Luxury Champagne Region Day Trip from Paris with Private Champagne Estate Visit
Ranked #3 of 34 things to do in Epernay
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2013

Just home from the Champagne region I am still bewildered by the entrepreneurship of Eugene Mercier, the founder of Champagne Mercier. A fascinating story and strongly recommend a visit to their Champagne House and do stay at their old mansion the Villa Eugene (see review).

Prior booking only for groups over 10 persons. We arrived early morning 9.30 when opening. Upon arrival you are met by a hugh oak barrel produced in 1870's and could hold some 200.000 bottles of still wine used for Champagne production. Oaks were cut down in Hungary and supervised by Eugene himself. For years the barrel was built. Travelled to Paris World Fair pulled by 24 oxen and at steep hills with an additional 16 horses!!! An instant success at Paris World Fair next after Eiffel Tower. He aslo arranged Champagne tastings in hot air balloons over Paris – AND there are plenty more stories of this genius!

Most of the visit is based on an audio guided tour – so do try to listen carefully, because it really is informative , good and fascinating story you are up for (available in some 6 languages).

First the guests gather in the movie theatre for a 5 minute video presentation, which was a bit confusing, as too many pictures & images are presented on 3 screens. Then the guests take a glass elevator ride 30m below ground. Here you board the laser guided train through the cellars. Bring along warm clothing, because in the vaults it’s alway appr. 11C cool. Train ride is a nice way visiting the cellars especially if you’ve been walking all day – not so good for picture taking, because the train is moving at all time. Nice presentation in endless cellars (18kms) all built in one level ending actually by the river at Mercier’s own railway station! And we are talking of business ideas of the 1880’s.

Guided tour ends by tasting – we opted for the 3 Champagne tasting with white, rosé and vintage.

Visited May 2013
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Pickering, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Fun experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2013

Like most champagne houses, Mercier likes to promote their history and "advertise" how great they are. It is to be expected. The 15 minute video is interesting, but we really came for was the cellar tour. The laser guided train was a nice way to end a long day of walking through other cellars. The only negative was that there were less opportunities to take pictures.
Plan to visit Mercier at the end of the day that way you can relax and enjoy the ride.

Visited April 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Great train and well organised tour”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2013

This was the 3rd house tour on our 2 day trip to the region. It was well organised, good value and the train was definitely a high light. We had the 3 different tasters of champers which was 19 euros each including the tour etc.
The only downside would be that if this was your first tour, there was no opportunity to ask any questions.

Visited May 2013
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Very large but great way to start your day”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2013

We started at Mercier which was perfect. It opens earliest and has a lot of introductory information about Champagne. I read that many of the large wineries were very similar and told the same history story. Mercier was reasonably priced for the tour and 3 tastings at 19 euro. The staff was friendly and the tour explained a lot of family history for the past 100 years. They have headsets for tours in every language. I recommend going to Comtesse (5 minute) walk after for a nice family owned winery experience. This is the only winery I would recommend that does not need a reservation. Make a reservation at all other tours.

Visited March 2013
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“Visit to the caves”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2013

Great tour, guide made us feel special, liked the champagne, and chatted to the sommelier afterwards about the product.

Visited April 2013
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