How to translate the details of champagne labels ?
The label contains useful information but do not rely solely on that to judge a bottle.
Since 1979, champagne labels have included nine mandatory factors, in compliance with European Union legislation:
– the appellation name Champagne,
– the trade name of the house or producer,
– the type of wine according to the sugar content,
– the volume of wine,
– the alcohol content,
– the name or code number of the winegrower,
– the place where the wine is made (village or town),
– the country of origin
– and finally the official registration number of the Champagne Committee assigned to each Champagne winegrower for each available brand, here is their meaning:
– NM (Manipulative Merchant): they depend on other winegrowers
– RM (Harvesting Handling): they grow their own grapes
– CM (Coopérative de Manipulation): they produce and market wine under the cooperative’s label
– RC (Récoltant Coopérateur): they affix their own labels to wines produced in cooperatives
– ND (Dealer Distributor): they apply their own label, in their own facilities, to a bottle that they have not produced themselves
– MA (Purchaser Brand): marketed by a third party (a chain of stores or a restaurant)
– SR (Société de Récoltants): a group of producers who produce and market wine
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