Russia is open to further dialogue and is ready, at the request of France, to conduct technical consultations at the specialist level to clarify the changes in Russian legislation on champagne labeling. This is stated in the message of the Russian Ministry of Agriculture, which was received by Izvestia on Monday, September 20.
“Details and specific dates for such consultations will be worked out additionally,” the ministry said.
They recalled that on September 18, Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation Sergey Levin and Minister of Agriculture and Food Supply Frania Julien Denormandy held a working meeting on cooperation in the field of viticulture and winemaking.
On September 19, Denormandy wrote on his Twitter page that Moscow and Paris had agreed to set up a working group to resolve a dispute over Russian champagne labeling laws.
Deliveries of champagne from France to Russia resumed on September 15 by the decision of the professional committee of wines of the French Champagne region. Jean-Marie Barier, co-chairman of the wine committee, noted that suppliers will respect Russian law.
The Champagne name has a protected status in over 120 countries, which reserve the right to use it for Champagne sparkling wines.
On July 2, one of the largest champagne producers Moet Hennessy (Moet & Chandon, Dom Perignon, Veuve Сlicquot and others) sent a letter to Russian partners stating the decision to suspend the supply of champagne to Russia for an indefinite period due to amendments to Law 171-FZ ” On the regulation of alcoholic beverages “, which the Federation Council of the Russian Federation approved on 23 June.
The amendments clarify the definitions of wine products. Moet Hennessy stated that the document “excludes the concept of“ champagne ”, allows it to be used exclusively in relation to“ Russian champagne ”made in the territory of the Russian Federation, and obliges champagne producers from the Champagne region to rename their products to“ sparkling wine ”.
Deputy Head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia Viktor Yevtukhov noted that wine importers in the Russian Federation will not have problems if they comply with the requirements and indicate the characteristics of drinks that are prescribed in the law on viticulture and winemaking.