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Epernay is a commune in the Marne department, of which it is a sub-prefecture and seat of an arrondissement, in the north of France. The town sits on the left bank of the Marne river, at the extremity of the Cubry valley which crosses it. Also located in the region of Champagne-Ardenne, it is famously known for its champagne production and is home to a number of the most famous brands in the world, including Moet et Chandon, which are produced and cellared in the miles of tunnels, which exist beneath the town.
Epernay, known as Sparnacum at the time, belonged to the archbishops of Reims from the fifth century until the tenth century before it came into the possession of the counts of Champagne. During the Hundred Years' War it was badly damaged and was then burned by Francis I in 1544. Epernay resisted Henry of Navarre in 1592, while Marshal Biron fell in the attack which preceded its eventual capture. In 1642 it was, along with Chateau-Thierry, named as a duchy and assigned to the duc de Bouillon.