Thursday, 21 December 2017
Aldi 4 Champagne 0
This is not a happy start to the Christmas for Champagne's legal eagles – or should I say legal phoenixes..... as the Champagne authorities (CIVC) have lost another major court case.
The CIVC took legal action against Aldi, the discount supermarket chain, for selling Champagner Sorbet in their German stores . The CIVC brought the action claiming that Aldi were benefitting from the association with Champagne – the sorbet contained 12% Champagne. Initially the CIVC won an injunction to stop Aldi selling the product.
However, on appeal the European Court of Justice has ruled against Champagne. Ironically Aldi have long since stopped selling this product.
Read the details here in The Drinks Business.
It would be interesting to know what percentage of Champagne needs to be in a Champagne sorbet for the CIVC to accept that it can, in their view, be called a Champagne sorbet. It cannot surely be 100% as recipes for Champagne sorbet include other ingredients in addition to Champagne. One recipe I have seen calls for the Champagne to be boiled up to reduce the alcohol so as to assist freezing.
Back in 2015 the CIVC failed in its attempt to force Champagne Jayne to give up her work name.