France, Part II: Moet & Chandon's headquarters is in the scenic countryside commune of Epernay, where vineyards seem more common than houses.
A tour of the company's subterranean cellars provides eye-opening insights into the history of champagne, as well as its time-consuming production process.
There's also an in-house store where visitors can purchase wide-ranging champagnes at relatively low prices. Tempting, but the queues can get rather long.
Champagne tasting at the close of the tour provides light at the end of the tunnel.
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