“Champagne” or “bubbly wine”? When the Russians laugh at the Kremlin

It was Vladimir Putin himself who signed this astonishing decree. According to this addition to the law on grape-based spirits, only bubbly wine produced in Russia will now qualify as “champagne“on Russian territory. Sacrilege for the French luxury brands which produce in Champagne and which will have to attach a label”bubbly wine“in Cyrillic next to their original name …

The decision sounds all the more like a provocation as the amendment clearly indicates that Russian legislation will not take into account the protection of the French appellation “Champagne AOC”. However, this status is protected by the Interprofessional Committee for Champagne Wine, which is waging an endless battle all over the world to prevent ersatz products from proliferating.

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