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The Champagne House in Reims was founded in 1836 by Louis-Alexandre Pommery (1811-1858). In 1856 he bought into the champagne company Greno & Cie, founded by Narcisse Greno, which for some time operated under the name "Pommery & Greno". After the death of the founder, his widow Jeanne Louise-Alexandrine (1819-1890) took over the company in 1858 and expanded it. The early history of the company is thus strikingly similar to that of its competitor Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin. Louise Pommery acquired a very large plot of land around Reims, which contained numerous lime shafts (Crayeres) from Roman times. These are ideal for storing champagne. An imposing building was erected over the Crayeres, which is still a first-rate tourist attraction today. In 1874, the company was one of the first champagne houses to launch a brut champagne on the market

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