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When it comes to Champagne, many of us immediately picture the grand Champagne houses with their storied history and iconic labels. However, there's a hidden gem in the world of bubbly – Grower Champagne. These lesser-known, family-owned vineyards are redefining what it means to sip on the world's most celebrated sparkling wine. In this blog post, we'll delve into the history of Grower Champagne, highlight the key differences from the Champagne houses, and explore why choosing Grower Champagne might just be the best decision you've made for your palate.

Throughout the better part of the 20th century, Champagne production followed a well-established pattern. Most Champagne growers focused on cultivating grapes and selling their harvest to the prestigious Champagne houses. These houses, in turn, were responsible for the winemaking and marketing. However, as the 1950s dawned, a new practice emerged, known as "manipulation" in French. It marked the beginning of a significant shift in the Champagne landscape. During this period, some Champagne growers chose a different path by not only cultivating grapes but also producing and marketing their own-label Champagne.




The Champagne industry is a realm of tradition, artistry, and exquisite taste, but within it lies a fascinating duality. On one side, you have the renowned Champagne Houses, responsible for producing vast quantities of the world's most celebrated sparkling wine. These houses often blend grapes from various sources to achieve their distinctive styles, and their quest for consistency may lead to different grape sourcing from one year to the next.

On the other side of this effervescent coin are the Champagne growers, a group that places paramount importance on their own vineyards. They don't follow trends or seek to cater to the masses; instead, Grower Champagnes focus on showcasing the terroir of their specific vineyards. Their wines offer an authentic taste of the region, reflecting the nuances of the climate and the winemaker's unique vision.



If this blog has ignited your curiosity to explore the artisanal world of Champagne, here are some valuable tips to help you identify an authentic bottle of Grower Champagne:

RM 'Récoltant Manipulant': The key indicator is the 'RM' on the label. This abbreviation signifies that the bottle you're holding has been crafted by a single producer who owns the vineyards. It's a hallmark of traditional craftsmanship and a strong connection to the land.

 Label Details: Grower Champagnes often provide extensive information on the label. You may find details about the grape blend, the vineyard or sourcing location, the duration of bottle fermentation, and, notably, the date of disgorgement*. These specifics allow you to connect more intimately with the wine's journey.


By choosing Grower Champagne, you're not just enjoying exceptional wine; you're supporting small, passionate winegrowers. Your purchase plays a vital role in preserving traditional winemaking methods and ensuring the sustainability of family-owned vineyards. Here at F.A.B, we take pride in offering an exceptional selection of Grower Champagnes, each representing the dedication and artistry of these celebrated makers. Embark on your journey to discover the world of artisanal Champagne, where every bottle tells a unique story. Santé! 🥂


*Note: Disgorgement is the process of removing sediment from Champagne before it's finalized for consumption, and the date indicates its freshness.