How to translate the details of champagne labels ?

The champagne label contains useful information but do not rely solely on that to judge a bottle.

Since 1979, champagne label 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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