Every Friday TheChampagneSommelier will ask 5 questions about 5 coeur de bouteillesto friends and Champagne lovers from near and far. This week we had a bubbly chat with Swedish restaurateur & sommelière Emelie Svensson.
Owner and head sommelier – Agnes, Stockholm since 2015
Worked in the restaurant business for 25 years and still gets a thrill of it.
I love to work on the restaurant floor and give my guest an experience, and hopefully increase their interest in wine and food. The best compliment is when our guests reserve a new table on the way out from the restaurant.
Stella sommelier 2020
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Which Champagne would You treat your parents or in-laws?
‘My parents on are born in the 1940s and as they got older, they have more time to care about what they eat and drink. With that said they are still that kind of people that think that champagne is a luxury product. I love to treat them, and it often happens that we drink Louis Roederer ‘Brut Premier’, a champagne that is both elegant and powerful and almost impossible not to love.’
Which Champagne would You treat your lover?
‘Hopefully we will treat each other with champagne often, but an older vintage of Dom Périgon is never wrong. We recently poured a bottle of 1980 and it was just lovely! Still super vibrant with buttery, nutty and white chocolat notes. ‘
Which Champagne would You treat your boss?
‘As I am my own boss, I like to think my team at Agnes are my bosses. Without them, no Agnes. I would love to share some of the most interesting grower champagnes with them. We start with Suenen, going forward with La Closerie (Jérôme Prévost), Cedric Bouchard and Selosse. Of course we fit a whole meal with these different faces of champagne.‘
Which Champagne would You treat yourself?
‘I have always had a soft spot for Egly-Ouriet. I totally love the style and almost always have a bottle of ‘Brut traditon’ in the fridge. For special occasions I pop a bottle the rosé or ‘VP extra brut’. Or why not both…’
Which Champagne would You treat a dream guest, and why?
‘My dream guests are my gang of girlfriends. We drink a lot of champagne together and talk about wine, life and everything that surrounds it. You know when you have bought a special bottle, just because you want to save it and share it with them. The last dinner we poured a Krug 1996 and we felt that we were really worth it. ‘