Mercier – The Cellars
Built in 1871, Mercier’s cellars stretch for 18 kilometers under the famous Champagne town of Epernay. Decorated with immense and majestic bas-reliefs, they were the very first cellars to be lit by electricity in 1886 – a testament to Eugène Mercier’s concern for the well-being of his employees. Mercier, famous for his non-conformist spirit, presented a giant blending vat containing the equivalent of 200,000 bottles of wine and weighing over 20 tonnes at the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris. The vat was the star of the show, rivalled only by the Eiffel Tower.