Mongolia has officially recognized Champagne as a geographical indication. This decision will provide Champagne wines with an effective and extended level of protection against misuse of the Champagne name.
A geographical indication is a specific intellectual property right designating a product from a specific region, whose specific characteristics result from both the natural conditions of each region and the expertise of local producers.
At a ceremony held in Ulan Bator, Yves Delaunay, France’s ambassador to Mongolia, praised “the fruitful and intensive cooperative links between Mongolia and France, in particular in the context of geographical indications”.
For his part, Chinbat Namjil, Director General of the Intellectual Property Office in Mongolia, spoke of “Mongolia’s commitment to the concept of geographical indications and the protection of intellectual property rights”.
Jean-Luc Barbier, Managing Director of the Comité Champagne, noted with satisfaction that “this registration will enable the Mongolian authorities to take effective action against sparkling wines that abuse the Champagne name”.
The Comité Champagne, which represents the Champagne growers and houses, works tirelessly to protect the Champagne name. Only wines that benefit from this geographical indication may be called Champagne.