Every Friday TheChampagneSommelier will ask 5 questions about 5 coeur de bouteilles to friends and Champagne lovers from near and far. This week we had a bubbly chat with our Champagne friend down-under Nesh Simic.
Nesh Simic is an importer & distributor of grower champagnes in Australia with his company Organic Champagne. Nesh Simic had more to do with aged plum brandy in his native country then champagne. Moving to London helped to open new taste buds that somehow are not closing.
Being in the Organic industry for over 20 years was a major factor in searching for winemakers that looked into the health and environmental issues while making first class champagnes.
Which Champagne would You treat your parents or in-laws?
‘1996 Salon ! Even if they dont like champagne they will forever fall in love with this one. Hard to resist the beauty of the region coming from this bottle. A pure brioche/ custard / ripe acidity / vinous … an absolute sublime expression of Chardonnay !‘
Which Champagne would You treat your lover?
‘Pol Roger 1928 ! I have tasted this one about 25 years ago and its still number one in my memory / soft pear /gentle front / gorgeous mouthfeel / light bodied / a perfect bottle !.. I hope the lady would respond in kind after my offer (ha aha ) ‘
Which Champagne would You treat your boss?
‘Brochet 2008 Blanc de Blancs ! An irresistible chardonnay power / vibrant middle & delicate length and finish ! A truly delicious bottle ! I wish i had at least another one in the cellar.’
Which Champagne would You treat yourself?
‘George Laval Rosé ! Incredible tannic expression / energy / bone dry cranberry with the longest possible finish ! so so rare ..still dream about it !’
Which Champagne would You treat a dream guest, and why?
‘Emmanuel Lassaigne Clos Sainte Sophie 2010 ! For its intense piercing / electric / resonating chalk minerality -beautifully blended with stone fruit / indian spice blend / ..so so unique !’
[ what piece of music would you listen to drinking wine in question 5 ? ]
‘Mozart is my fav -lived for only 35 years / Clarinet Concerto would be my choice for this one !’