The nationally-revered nightlife visionaries of Element Collective created this opulent, accessibly elegant wine and Champagne salon. The lavish 1,500-square-foot space off Green St. is discreetly tucked-away at the foot of a secluded cobblestone alley in the progressive West Loop / Fulton Market neighborhood.
RM, simply put, is Grower Champagne. The designation RM is derived from the French wine Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system's classification of Champagne Houses; Récoltants Manipulants (RM), signifies an artisanal farmer who bottles his own wine. Celebrating this passion and care, the salon will pay homage to these growers that rely solely on fruit from their own vineyards with inherently distinct terroir. Bringing a balance of knowledge and passion that will be an enriching testament to Chicago's forward-thinking wine community, Wagner will tailor an obsessively curated portfolio, which will feature a large selection of estate-grown wines from these vignerons who are intensively involved from bud-break to bottling. "I want to break away from the intimidating aspects of Champagne,” he explains, "For me, despite all of the ostentatious terminology and ritual, Champagne is essentially fun and fascinating; there is nothing that gets me more stoked than simply sharing that fun and fascination with a guest.”
Conceptually, the name RM embodies Element Collective's core philosophy of a balance between the progressive and the approachable. "We thrive on juxt
Champagne bar serving New American small plates in a setting with a marble fireplace & chandeliers.