Will this new invention be accepted by the Champagne producers? It is not easy to introduce new closures in the Champagne region (we recall Champagne Duval-Leroy’s attempt a couple years ago, that failed due to regulations). Perhaps Pierre-Eric Jolly will have more luck with his invention.
At first sight, it is not a great revolution. He has simply invented a wire cage (muselet) that has three wire legs (shaped like a Y) instead of four. This new wire cage will be combined with a plastic cap, made to 80% of recycled plastic. Pierre-Eric Jolly produce champagne in the Aude and he sees his invention as a saving of both money and the environment.
With the Y wire cage you use 41% less steel wire. Pierre-Eric Jolly estimates that if all producers in Champagne changed to the Y wire cage it would save 105 000 km of wire each year (two and a half times the circumference of the earth!).
See the new invention on this video:
Update: also on YouTube:
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