Monsieur Bénard is also chairman of the Union des Maisons de Champagne - the association of champagne houses that is. He is one of two chairmen of the CIVC (Comité Interprofesionnelle du Vin de Champagne), and he is in charge of the champagne- and wine division of the French luxury conglomerate, LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy).
Earlier this year he said to Decanter, that he would want to let bureaucracy serve the producers rather than - as today - the very opposite. He has also said, that the producers must be more autonomous, and that you cannnot supervise everything from Paris.
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