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 n├ęgociant manipulant, where the houses buy in grapes and produce the wine.  "RM" in this case stands for r├ęcoltant 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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