Renowned winemaker Moet Hennessy said Monday that its champagne shipments to Russia were suspended after President Vladimir Putin signed a law on Friday saying the term “champagne” is allowed to be used only for “Russian champagne.”
“These provisions lead to a temporary suspension of deliveries ofto assess the impact of this new law,” Moet-Hennessy spokeswoman Anne Catherine Grimal said, according to state news agency RIA-Novosti. Moet Hennessy is part of the French luxury goods group LVMH and is known for such brands as Moet & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, and Dom Perignon.
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For most fans, a glass of sparkling wine can be called champagne only if it comes from the region ofand is made under specific regulations. , champagne — “shampanskoye” in Russian — has been used as a generic term for a wide range of sparkling wines, some of which contradict champagne’s luxury image by selling for as little as 150 rubles ($2) a bottle.
The law has sparked controversy: Even the reasonable and not contradict common sense.”goes too far. “For me, there is no doubt that real champagne comes from the Champagne region in France,” Pavel Titov, president of Abrau-Dyurso, told RIA-Novosti. “Protecting and providing them with extensive patronage is essential. But the legislative measures must be
The French champagne industryshipments. “The Champagne Committee deplores the fact that this legislation does not ensure that Russian consumers have clear and transparent and characteristics of wine,” group co-presidents Maxime Toubart, and Jean-Marie Barillère said in a statement.
Wine consultant Anna Chernyshova helps the rich build spirits collections. “My phone has been ringing off the hook,” she told the AFP news agency. “My clients and I are thinking about what to do next.” She thinks a new law is nonsense. “How will theyon it?” she told AFP. “So many officials love this champagne.”
The law is now being ridiculed severely. “Now it’s necessary to ban Scots and Americans from using the word ‘whisky,'” joked restaurateur Sergei Mironov. The Associated Press contributed to this report.