WHAT IS GROWER CHAMPAGNE?
Just as there’s a world of difference between buying your vegetables directly from a farmer and from a big grocery chain, there’s a huge gap between the large houses and what’s known as grower Champagne.
Made by small, independent estates that cultivate the grapes using biodynamic farming and make the Champagne themselves, these artisanal bottlings are much quirkier and more nuanced than those big-batch wines.
On the front label, you’ll notice an RM number. This certifies that the producer both grew all of the grapes and made the Champagne on his or her property. Luxury Champagne houses receive an NM, indicating larger productions made from grape juice that was blended from fruit grown at a variety of vineyards around the region.
While grower Champagnes reflect their unique terroir and therefore taste different from year to year, corporate Champagnes are blended to taste as consistent as possible. At Rêveuse, we celebrate the value — and values — of grower Champagnes, and the stories they tell about the fields and families behind them.
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