The Champagne House with its headquarters in Épernay (Département Marne) was founded in 1858 by Eugène Mercier (1838-1904). For the 1889 World's Fair in Paris, he had a huge barrel built with a capacity of 1,600 hectolitres, which was pulled to the capital by 24 oxen (horses in other sources) in three weeks. Today, the barrel is on display in Mercier's entrance hall in Épernay. It is thus one of the largest wine barrels in the world. Eugène Mercier's goal was to make champagne affordable for ordinary people. Built under the founder from 1871, the impressive labyrinth of cellars stretches for 18 kilometres, 30 metres under the Avenue de Champagne in Epernay. It is navigated by a company-owned small electric railway. It is worth mentioning that Mercier was the original owner of the "Dom Pérignon" brand, but never used it. In 1930, the brand was sold to Moët et Chandon, who also took over Mercier in 1970. Since 1987, both belong to the LVMH group (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy).
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