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Méthode champenoise

Since 1994, the name for the production of Champagne has been protected by EU wine law. Only a sparkling wine produced according to exactly this method exclusively from Champagne may call itself so. The designation permitted by the EU for bottle-fermented sparkling wine outside Champagne is Méthode classique (alternatively Méthode traditionelle or Méthode traditionelle classique), whereby the national languages are also permitted. As a replacement for the term Méthode champenoise, the term Crémant was introduced for sparkling wines outside Champagne in the late 1980s. The following five conditions have been legally defined for Champagne in France since 1935:

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