Achille Princier Grande Tradition Champagne NV

“RM”.  If you look really closely at a Champagne label, you will usually see one of “NM”, “RM”, “CM” or “RC” appear on the label.  “NM” appears most commonly on labels of the big Champagne houses, standing for négociant manipulant, where the houses buy in grapes and produce the wine.  “RM” in this case stands for récoltant manipulant which means a grower has made the Champagne from their own grapes.  Or in other words, it is what is more popularly referred to as a “grower Champagne”.  There’s some increasingly fine bubbles in this category, and this wine is no exception.

This Champagne from Achille Princier has fine bubbles, with a long persistence in the glass.  Its aromatics are attractively yeasty, with notes of biscuit and vegemite, although I am sure the latter will appear in few offshore tasting notes.  There’s a creamy mousse on the palate, with medium length, and flavours of lemon and biscuit.  Overall, this is a very impressive Champagne and one that I’ll be buying.

Rating: Very Good, Abv: 12%, Price: $54, Source: sample, Vendors:, Website:, Tasted: 2014






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