The three-legged wire cage, a new invention that is certainly getting the champagne industry all wired up!

Mar 19, 2021 • 2 mins
Team Grappers

Get those corks popping as it’s time to celebrate a revolution in the world of Champagne! A few years ago, Pierre-Éric Jolly, a wine producer in the Aube region, came up with the three-legged wire cage, also known as the Muselet Y. We took a closer look at this remarkable invention. 

In 1844 Adolphe Jacquesson, a négociant from Châlons-en-Champagne, invented the very first wire cage used to hold champagne corks in place. The wire cage had not evolved since its creation, at least not until Pierre-Éric Jolly decided to turn his attention to the design.

The wine producer spent 5 years perfecting the three-legged wire cage, better known as the Muselet Y. The design incorporates an innovative cap made of a specially designed plastic or pure carbon which helps to reduce the amount of wire used by 41% and save 92% of energy compared to the classic wire cage. If the whole of Champagne adopted this system it would save 105,000 km of wire per year. That’s 2.5 times the Earth’s circumference!

In 2013, Mélan-Moutet, a Reims based company specialising in food product seals, acquired the patent for the design to manufacture it on an industrial scale and make it available to the wider market. The company named this new invention the Muselet Yo, referring to the Y-shaped plastic disc which originally held the wire in place at the top before later being removed from the design. The name also serves as a nod to Generation Y with their growing concerns about the environment and the need to reduce packaging waste. The Muselet Yo weighs 15-20% less than the standard wire cage.

So, what do you think about the Muselet Yo?