We're well aware that the extremely refined people who read our IP articles like to read their Tolstoy and Dostoevsky in the language in which it was written, but for the benefit of the odd reader who isn't fluent in Russian, the Russian word for champagne is "s hampanskoye". Image source. We were also surprised to hear that there is a sparkling wine industry in Russia. But it turns out that this industry has been around since the s. So, what's Russian sparkling wine like?
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Well, in one article, it's described as "cheap and low-quality", one whose "production method is different from the one used in France. Never one to shirk our research obligations, we asked the local merchant to test this opinion but alas, no s hampanskoye in stock. You won't be surprised to hear that the new Russian law has gone down very badly in France. That's because the French take GIs very seriously indeed, they have quite a collection of them, and the one they take more seriously than any other is champagne.
In fact, it's probably safe to say that champagne is the best-known GI in the world.
There have been mutterings by the French about this being protectionist legislation that's aimed at favouring the Russian sparkling wine industry, which is located in the south of the country, including recently-annexed Crimea. It's been pointed out that Russia pulled a similar stunt in order to promote its local cheese production: cheese and then champagne, is it any surprise that the French are getting jittery?
At least one major champagne producer has threatened to stop exporting to Russia.
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A French minister had this to say: "Be there no doubt. We will support without fail our producers and French excellence. Long live French champagne.
It does seem that over the past few weeks the temperature has cooled somewhat. The Russians have sought to explain their actions, saying that French companies can still have the name champagne in Latin characters on their product, but they must also use the Cyrillic term for sparkling wine — effectively now calling their products "Champagne Sparkling Wine". The French also seem to have toned it down, perhaps recognising that there is a real taste for champagne in Russia, which is now the 15 th largest market for the drink. It's been suggested by one commentator that this will make little difference because most Russian consumers can't read Latin characters, and all they will look for is the word shampanskoye in Cyrillic, and they won't find that on French champagne.
It's extraordinary how newsworthy GIs have become — we certainly find ourselves writing about them far more often than we ever expected. But perhaps it should be no surprise, GIs are critically important and, as we have mentioned in articles, they play an increasingly important role in trade talks and agreements.
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In this case, there is no way of knowing whether the new law was intended to provoke France or even the west in general, or whether it was simply a protectionist measure aimed at helping local wine makers. But whatever the motivation, it certainly created a stir. South Africa's best-known GI is of course Rooibos.
That name has itself been in the news of late, having recently secured protection in the EU as a PDO, the first African name to do so.
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The Russians make their move President Vladimir Putin recently ed a law that has the effect of reserving use of the Russian word for " champagne " for Russian makers of sparkling wine. Image source We were also surprised to hear that there is a sparkling wine industry in Russia. To sum up the situation is as follows: The Russian word for champagne is shampanskoye. Only Russians can use this word, foreigners can't. French companies can still have the name champagne in Latin characters on their product but they must also use the Cyrillic term for sparkling wine.
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