Every Friday TheChampagneSommelier will ask 5 questions about 5 coeur de bouteilles to friends and Champagne lovers from near and far. This Week we took a bubbly chat with Jim Nyman aka Champagneweathers – Swedish champagne importer & Champagne lover. Merci Jim !
My name is Jim Nyman but many may know me as Champagneweathers on Instagram. My Love for Champagne started with an older Krug ‘Grande Cuvée‘ that triggered me to start exploring the region. With all the fantastic people I met during that road my curiosity grew into a passion and lifestyle.
During these years I´ve had the opportunity to try around 5k Champagnes, ranging from 100 years old to the youngest juice, from the prestige brands to the smallest vignerons. The last years my heart have been beating for the grower community and I´ve been on a mission to find the most talented up and coming stars in the region. This ended up giving birth to my company Winescout, where I now get to continue to dwelve in my passion for scouting unique and exceptional growerchampagnes and sharing them with likeminded.
5 bottles & 5 questions Champagneweathers [swe]
Which Champagne would You treat your parents or in-laws?
‘I know that this segment is called 5 bottle and 5 questions but those who know me know how hard it´s to control the number of bottles i bring so i may exceed the 5 😉
My lovely parents are worth the very best so i would choose 2 bottles amongst the highest quality cuvées you can find. For my mother i would choose a bottle as breathtaking and generous as she is – Oger 2016 from the coming superstars, Domaine Vincey, with its beautiful complexity and microoxidation from the used burgundian oak barrels.
For my father I would stay in Côte des Blancs to have a theme but since he likes his wines sweeter the choice is very easy, Selosse Exquise which is my favourite sweet champagne without competition! ‘
Which Champagne would You treat your lover?
‘The first that come in mind is an older Krug Grande Cuvée since that´s my first love in Champagne but on a second thought let´s go a little bit sexier, Puisieulx Grand Cru Pinot noir from Aurore Casanova that has all the ingredients I want in a passionated evening – Intense, complex, natural sweetness, and long…’
Which Champagne would You treat your boss?
‘I have a very good relationship with my boss in Winescout on most days since it´s me! I would celebrate a great business achievement with something very unique and close to my heart. An Epic first release of ”Pie” from Gaspard Brochet would do the trick. If it´s to celebrate I´ll be in heaven but would work just as great to lift me up from a rough period since it´s a reminder about why i do the work i do – To find these jewels!’
Which Champagne would You treat yourself?
‘I´m a Big lover of mature champagnes so since i´ve already served myself a bottle of Gaspard it´s now time to dig deeper in the cellar. My birthyear is 80´ but that´s not one of the greatest vintages in Champagne so then i start searching amongs bottles from my favourite vintage 1979 when i suddenly in the corner of my eye see a bottle of Champagne Charlie 1981 and memories from the Private Pavillon above The Crayeres on a hot summer day starts playing in my head and there and then all my troubles seems far far away and a few minutes later when i popped the cork i´m untouchable!‘
Which Champagne would You treat a dream guest, and why?
‘I think it´s a great but hard question and my approach is to choose the Champagne first and then pair it with a dream guest. Of course it has to be something really special and once in a lifetime experience and with those criterias a Charles Heidsieck Rosé from 1962 comes into mind that a good friend from Switzerland shared with me 2 years ago, never seen that bottle before or after! Then who´s the dream guest? Tom Cruise or Jim Carrey that are born in 1962? Markus Rosenberg because my love for my local football team Malmö FF and the fact that he´s a wine lover? Any of them would be a dream guest, but still hard to beat sharing it with a close friend and whom better suited then my friend Dustin who shared it with me in the first place!’
[ what piece of music would you listen to drinking wine with Your dream guest ?]
‘The dinner would start nine o´clock on a Saturday and we´re all in the mood for a melody. Early night we would just enjoy the music in the background and dancing with the heavenly juice in our glas but as the night goes on and the wine evolves we´ll listen to the lyrics and at the same time the wine gets deeper and more complex so does the conversation – The song we´re listening to are ”Piano Man” with Billy Joel.’