In search of Champagne's hedonistic history

FT drinks correspondent Alice Lascelles has visited Champagne many times, but till now she’s never been to the Maison Belle Époque, in Épernay. The 18th-century mansion houses one of the largest private collections of Art Nouveau in the world. It’s not open to the public, but a private tour reveals a fascinating behind-the-scenes insight into the role champagne played in the relationship between art and commerce.

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