The last stage before the bottle leaves the Champagne cellars is labelling and packaging (habillage).
This is very strictly regulated.
From the following items of information, which must be included on the label.
The registration and code number (RM, NM, CM, etc.)
The AOC: Champagne
Batch code (sometimes stamped on the bottle itself)
Level of sweetness (dosage)
The wording “Produit de France” (Product from France)
Warning for pregnant women
Bottle capacity (l, cl or ml)
Percentage of alcohol by volume (% vol)
Name of the producer or company name
Allergen content (e.g. sulphur anhydride, sulphites, sulphur dioxide, etc.)
Name of the village where the producer is registered and the country of origin (France)
Specific details about cuvée (Blanc de Blancs, Rosé, Blanc de Noirs)
Year the company was founded
Click here to find out more about the registration and code number.
Click on each acronym to find out more about the different registration and code number.
Négociant manipulant. An individual or company, with or without vines of their own, buying grapes or grape must to make Champagne on his/her own premises. All the major Champagne houses belong to this category.
Récoltant manipulant. A grower who makes and markets own-label Champagne, from grapes exclusively sourced from his/her own vineyards.
Récoltant coopérateur. A co-operative grower who markets co-op-produced Champagne under his/her own label.
Coopérative de manipulation. A wine co-op that markets Champagne made on its own premises from its members’ grapes.
Société de récoltants. A family firm of growers that makes and markets own-label Champagne from grapes sourced from family vineyards.
Négociant distributeur. A distributor who buys in finished bottles of Champagne and labels them on his/her own premises with his/her own name.
Marque d’acheteur. Buyer’s own-brand Champagne.