French winemakers zealously protect the designation “champagne” for the production of the region that bears the same name and avoid other descriptions.
But the law, passed by President Vladimir Putin on Friday, requires all non-Russian sparkling wine producers, including the French, to describe their product in this way in Russia on the label on the back of the bottle, although it is not necessary in the front.
Manufacturers of Russian “shampanskoye” may continue to use this term on their own.
Moet Hennesy, which sells Moet & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot and Dom Perignon champagnes and is owned by the LVMH group, said it was forced to suspend deliveries to change its labels.
“MH Champagne Maisons has always respected the legislation in vogue where it operated and will resume deliveries as soon as possible once adjustments are made,” he said in an e-mailed statement.