A Toast to the Good Life: Exploring the Regulation of Champagne
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CitationA Toast to the Good Life: Exploring the Regulation of Champagne (2003 Third Year Paper)
AbstractFrance, in partnership with representatives of various Champagne Houses, crafted detailed rules pertaining to the production and sale of Champagne. These regulations aim to meet twin goals: protection of authentic Champagne producers and fulfillment of consumer expectations. The threats of penalty and certain market forces combine to ensure that wines labeled Champagne, sold in any bottle shop in the European Union, derive from the French region. Laws in the United States illustrate a more flexible system than both France and the European Union in general, allowing greater use of the Champagne label than those approved by certain French organizations. Examination of the different legal regimes related to the Champagne name highlights both distinct purposes of regulation and divergent historical experiences.
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