A label is placed on the front of the bottle, and sometimes on the back too, stating specific mandatory items and other consumer information.
Information presented on a Champagne label
- The words ‘Appellation Champagne’ (clearly displayed)
- The style of wine as defined by level of sweetness or dosage (Brut, Demi-Sec, Sec...)
- The brand of Champagne.
- Percentage of alcohol by volume (% vol).
- Bottle capacity (l, cl or ml).
- Name of the producer or company name, followed by the name of the commune where that producer is registered (plus the trading address, if different) and the country of origin (France).
- The registration and code number issued by the Comité Champagne, preceded by two initials that indicate the category of producer: NM for Négociant-Manipulant, RM for Récoltant Manipulant, CM for Coopérative de Manipulation, RC for Récoltant-Coopérateur, SR for Société de Récoltants, ND for Négociant Distributeur, MA for Marque d’Acheteur.
- Batch code (sometimes stamped on the bottle itself).
- Allergen content (eg sulphur dioxide, sulphites, etc – sometimes mentioned on the back label).
- The warning ‘Drinking even small amounts of alcohol when pregnant can harm your unborn child’ or the symbol (required by certain countries).
- The Green Dot symbol indicating that the collection and sorting of packaging waste is financed by producers and retailers.
- Where appropriate, the vintage and specific details relating to the type of cuvee (whether Blanc de Blancs, Rosé, Blanc de Noirs, etc.),
- Optional information included at the producer’s discretion (the varietals used, date of disgorgement, sensory characteristics, suggested food-and-wine pairings, etc).