Every Friday TheChampagneSommelier will ask 5 questions about 5 coeur de bouteilles to friends and Champagne lovers from near and far.
This week Björnstierne interviewed old friend and fine wine aficionado – Bergs Lars Hansson. A true gentleman with a sweet tooth for extremely old Madeira & of course Champagne.
Intro to myself:
As descendant of textile and mine workers in several generations, I fell out of my seemingly predestined line of duties as a subordinated and became a habitué of books, music, art and, at the age of 16, fine wine. I have spent most of my life writing for my living, as well as immensely enjoying fine wine and fine dining, and the joys of life in general.
Bergs Lars Hansson
Which Champagne would You treat your parents or in-laws?
‘I’m now too old to have them with me anymore, but one thing I’m thinking about is: I would have loved to share a bottle of Krug, any vintage of the trio 1988, 1989, 1990 with my father-in-law, whom I never even met. But who apparently was a very strong personality. He would surely have estimated a champagne of a character similar to himself!’
Which Champagne would You treat your lover?
‘Louis Roederer Cristal 2002. Which I in fact already have shared with my beloved (almost 40 years life together). She loved this champagne, as it deserves to be appreciated.’
Which Champagne would You treat your boss?
‘I have never ever been able to put up with a boss. Not even the thought of such a torment. So… a PET-bottle of carbonized water to any person imagining bossing me. Just for being polite.’
Which Champagne would You treat yourself?
‘Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 1995. Period.’
Which Champagne would You treat a dream guest, and why?
‘I would open a magnum of Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs 2002 for Lars Vilks. Partly due to the Swedish artist’s wittiness and deeply reflective mind, gifts that I wish to partake of undisturbed; partly because the name Belle Epoque yearningly refers to an era gone by. As an interludium in the symposion: J.S. Bach’s “Jesu Bleibet meine freude”, performed by pianist Wilhelm Kempff, recorded in Hamburg 1945, in a devastated Europe. Bachs’ masterpiece mediates intellect and emotions combined in the most brilliant way. And the moment of Kempffs recording tells: there is always hope of yet a Belle Epoque.’