Emmanuel Macron objects to “Dry January”

Monday November 18 2019 by Vitisphere

Emmanuel Macron received a magnum of 1977 de Saint Gall Champagne, a nod to his year of birth.Emmanuel Macron received a magnum of 1977 de Saint Gall Champagne, a nod to his year of birth. - Photo credit : SGV

The President assured us that there would be no Dry January”, commented Maxime Toubart, chairman of the Champagne winegrowers’ association and co-chairman of the Champagne marketing board, after his lunch with the French President on 14 November. While visiting Epernay, Emmanuel Macron shared a meal with the two co-chairs of the Champagne marketing board, tasting Champagne by Damien Hugot along with a white Coteaux Champenois by Charles Dufour and a red Coteaux Champenois by René Geoffroy. The President, who has never made any secret of his penchant for good wines and food, seems to have been offended that such a proposal was even being considered. “You can let people know that there will be no “Dry January”, he told us”, said Maxime Toubart. The President’s viewpoint, as expressed in Champagne, will certainly come as a relief to the French wine industry. Plans to encourage the French to stay sober for a month had made the industry uptight to say the least.

 

Emmanuel Macron received a magnum of 1977 de Saint Gall Champagne, a nod to his year of birth.

 

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