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Champagne, the worlds most famous Sparkling Wine, has always been the premier choice for celebratory drinking. Big Champagne Houses or Negociants such as Moet & Chandon, Mumm, Louis Roederer, and Pommery have been dominating the Champagne market. Unlike most of the other French regions where “terroir” or the lay of the land and the climate is the key to the uniqueness of individual brands and producers, Champagne houses buy grapes from growers and blend wines from different vineyards and vintages from the whole region to fully express a certain brand’s specific taste. This makes the wines consistent in flavor and quality year after year, whether the current vintage is good or not. However, this diminishes the expression of terroir on the wines that they produce.
 
 
 
 
In recent years however, there is a growing trend for Champagne growers to make their own wine. This means that instead of sourcing grapes from all over the region, the grower would rely on the grapes they, themselves, have grown into making their own Champagne. This maximizes the potential to fully express the unique terroir of individual vineyards in their wines, producing wines of distinct flavors and aromas from specific regions especially those in Grand Cru areas. This could mean that some grower Champagne might even best big brands in terms of quality and style.
 
 
 
 
Understanding completely how terroir affects grapes is a mystery even to the growers but it’s what makes a Chablis distinct from a Pouilly-Fuisse even if they use the same grape variety. Terroir would be a combination of the macroclimate, the microclimate, the soil, the slopes of the vineyards, the cloud cover and even the length of sunshine. All these factors would affect the grape growing process and would
 
 
 
 
Champagnes could be classified depending on the producer and the information is easily found on labels. When looking for grower Champagne, take note of these following labels:
 
 
NM (Negociant-Manipulant)
-literally means merchant handling. These Champagnes are produced by Champagne houses (merchants) that buy their grapes from growers all over the region. Blending is key to their quality and consistency. Big brands such as Moet, Pol Roger, Bollinger, and Veuve fall into this category.
 
 

The encircled part shows “NM” which means it is made by a Champagne House that bought their grapes from other growers. Dom Perignon is the Prestige Cuvee of Moet&Chandon

The encircled part shows “NM” which means it is made by a Champagne House that bought their grapes from other growers. Dom Perignon is the Prestige Cuvee of Moet & Chandon


 
 
RM (Recoltant-Mainipulant)
-literally means harvester handling. These are the grower Champagnes. The grower is responsible from the tending of the grape vines up to the disgorgement of lees in the bottle. The grower has complete control of all processes involving wine production.
 
 
De Sousa is a Grower Champagne made by the De Sousa family

De Sousa is a Grower Champagne made by the De Sousa family


 
 
CM (Co-operative Manipulant)
-A group of growers in a cooperative blend their wines to produce the Champagne under one or more brands. The grower might havesome limited control to the quality of the end product.
 
 
There are some other labelling abbreviations on labels but these three are the most common.
 
 
Growers’ Champagne is now en vogue to further promote the quality of wines from the Champagne Region. By producing terroir-specific wines, uniqueness and specific regions in Champagne can now be a marketing point for a lot of vineyards. Also, there is a better assurance that quality grapes are used by the winemakers for their bottles since these have been tended from vine to fruit by themselves. A lot of grower Champagnes are now using organic and biodynamic farming which are sustainable agricultural practices of producing wines. This ensures the possibility of producing wines of good quality for the future in a region whose soils have just started to recover from the chemical fertilizers and herbicides used in the early 1900’s.
 
 
Although there’s an increasing demand for grower Champagne, availability is still limited. Yats Wine Cellars is the official importer of De Sousa, a grower Champagne that is fastly becoming a high ranking producer of good quality Champagne. De Sousa prides itself in using biodynamic farming which takes into consideration the harmony of all factors including soil fertility, the insects, and even the position of the moon and the Zodiac constellations into producing an organic and sustainable product.
 
 
De Sousa has prided itself in the location of their vineyards in Avize where vineyards are classified as Grand Cru status. The soil in the area is made of Belemnite chalk made from fossils of cuttlefish and seashells. This type of soil has produced the top quality of Champagnes. In fact, De Sousa honors this by even using a seashell as their logo.
 
 
Yats Wine Cellars currently has the following Champagnes from De Sousa:
 
 
From Left to Right: De Sousa Brut Traition, De Sousa Brut Rose, De Sousa Cuvee 3A Grand Cru Extra Brut

From Left to Right: De Sousa Brut Tradition, De Sousa Brut Rose, De Sousa Cuvee 3A Grand Cru Extra Brut


 
 
Brut Tradition NV
Made with 50% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir and 10% Meunier, this wine has elegant and delicate bubbles with a floral aroma. On the palate fruits, biscuit, honey and cream come through.
 
 
Brut Rose’
Made with 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir, this wine is delicate with a subtle hint of raspberries. The Chardonnay maintains its crispness and freshness while the small amount of Pinot Noir gives it a rounder flavor.
 
 
3A Grand Cru
Made with 50% Chardonnay from Avize, 25% Pinot Noir from Ay and 25%Pinot Noir from Ambonnay, all Grand Cru vineyards. This wine has a riper aroma and flavor of tropical fruits and white raspberries with hints of vanilla and brioche. The Chardonnay lends freshness while the Pinot Noirs give it smoothness and roundness.
 
 
If you would like to buy bottles of these, you may visit us at the following locations:
 
 
CLARK WINE CENTER
Clark Observatory Building, M.A. Roxas Highway
Clark FPZ, Pampanga
Contact number 0905-338-3856 (Odie)
 
 
Odie Pineda
 
 
YATS WINE CELLARS
3003C East Tower, Philippines Stock Exchange Center,
Exchange Road, Ortigas Center, Metro Manila
Contact number 0917 520 4393 (Rea)