A case of champagne: a study of geographical indications

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The term ‘Method Champenois’ connects champagne to its rich history, geographical location and image. Few words evoke luxury and good cheer as much as champagne. Behind the bubbles is an international trade rivalry between the EU and the US to control the lucrative champagne market. The battle lines concern champagne’s recognition as a 'geographical indication'; a type of intellectual property cited primarily in the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights Agreement. The conflict is hotly contested. The EU claims the label champagne must only be used for sparkling wine produced in the Champagne region in France. The US counterclaims that champagne is a generic word describing the type of sparkling wine.
Original languageEnglish
Article number29
Number of pages32
JournalCorporate Governance eJournal
Issue number1 (2013)
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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  • method champenois
  • food law
  • food law and governance
  • agriculture
  • food security
  • Colloquium on Food and Law
  • food governance


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