Grower Champagnes are Champagnes produced by the estate that owns the vineyards where the grapes are grown. Récoltant-Manipulant is the term in French, and Grower Champagnes can be identified by "RM" on the wine label.
While large Champagne houses such as Mumm
, Moët et Chandon and Veuve Clicquot
may use grapes from as many as 80 different vineyards in the Champagne region to create a consistent house style, Grower Champagnes tend to be more terroir
-focused, sourced from a single vineyard or closely located vineyards around a village, and made with grapes which vary with each vintage.
Today there are over 19,000 independent growers in the Champagne region, accounting for nearly 88% of vineyard land in the region; around 5,000 of these growers produce wine from their own grapes.