The decision of Moet Hennessy to suspend the supply of champagne to Russia is blackmail, says Leonid Popovich, President of the Union of Winegrowers and Winemakers of the Russian Federation. According to him, despite the ban on supplies, Russians will definitely not be left without sparkling wine.
“I think this letter is a cry from scratch. I even think that this is a kind of blackmail without any evidence. Champagne is supplied to Russia by another two dozen other manufacturers, and none of them was outraged. If you don’t want to carry, don’t carry. In Russia, sparkling wine is no worse. Our consumers will not be left without sparkling wine of the same quality, taste and aroma, ”said Mr. Popovich (quoted by RIA Novosti).
The President of the Union of Winegrowers and Winemakers believes that Moet Hennessy fears the inconsistency of the champagne supplied to the Russian Federation with the standards for sparkling wine in Russia.
“And this is strange, since no one forbids them to call their products champagne. And we do not force you to call it sparkling wine. We never force anyone to call alcoholic beverages other than what the manufacturer himself calls. We just ask you to prove its compliance with Russian standards for sparkling wine and indicate this on the label. And no one forbids them to use the word “champagne” on the label, ”explained Mr. Popovich. According to him, the company needs to answer only one question: whether their products meet the Russian standards for sparkling wine or not.
On the eve of the distribution division of the producer of premium alcoholic drinks Moet Hennessy – LLC Moet Hennessy Distribution Rus, warned about stopping shipments of champagne to Russia for an indefinite period. This decision was explained by amendments to the law on state regulation of alcohol turnover, adopted on July 2.
More details – in the material of “Kommersant” “Champagne means Soviet”.