The Champagne house, headquartered in Épernay, was founded in 1858 by Eugène Mercier (1838-1904). For the World Exhibition in Paris in 1889, he had a huge barrel with a capacity of 1,600 hectoliters built, which was pulled into the capital by 24 oxen (horses in other sources) in three weeks. The barrel is on display in the Mercier entrance hall in Épernay today. His goal was champagne to make it affordable even for ordinary people. The impressive basement labyrinth built under the founder in 1871 stretches for 18 kilometers and 30 meters below Avenue de Champagne in Epernay. It is operated by a company-owned electric small train. It is worth noting that Mercier was the original owner of the Dom Pérignon brand, but never used it. In 1930 the brand was launched Moët et Chandon sold, this was also taken over by the Mercier company in 1970. Both have belonged to the group since 1987 LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy).
About 20% of the grapes come from our own vineyards with over 200 hectares of vineyards, especially in the Marne Valley, the rest is supplied by the parent company Moët et Chandon. The predominantly dry Brut Champagnes are produced in a Pinot Noir style. Every year a vintage champagne “Vendange” is produced, which is made from the best grapes of the Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay varieties. Six million bottles of champagne are produced every year. In France, Mercier is still the best-selling champagne, although some other companies produce a lot more but export large quantities.