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 Aussie champagne friend Nicky Goodyer aka @thechampagnecrusade.
Nicky Goodyer @thechampagnecrusade realised several years ago champagne has always been prominent in her life. Introduced to Mumm by her Grandmother. Significant life events are remembered by which champagne was sipped. A background in design saw her move into special event production in both London and LA. When marriage, mortgage and motherhood saw her leave employment for several years her return to the workforce was via her company @aahhflowers a dedicated special event/wedding florist.
A continued interest in all things champagne she entered the Australian Vin de Champagne Award in 2010, became a finalist in 2012. Entered again without success in 2014, finally being bestowed the award in 2016! Instead of sitting back contented this was the catalyst for continued learning and starting a complementary arm to her wedding business offering sparkling towers, sabrage and champagne tasting experiences. These tastings result in introducing couples to their own champagnes that will now be purchased for ongoing celebrations, anniversaries, births, and yes even divorces!
Which Champagne would You treat your parents or in-laws?
‘My Dad, back in England, Thanks Covid, when will I get to share champagne with him again?! Pol Roger Winston 1996 quintessential Englishness encompassed in a champagne.’
Which Champagne would You treat your lover?
‘My husband did not ‘get’ champagne until introduced to Piper Heidsieck rosé Sauvage. Grateful we can now share my passion ‘
Which Champagne would You treat your boss?
‘When I had one many years ago! He used to say “A Rabbi has the Torah, A Vicar has the Bible, A Muslim has the Koran and Nicky has the Winelist!”
Every year for 9 years I attended the company AGM in Paris, culminating in lunch at the George V. Each year a different member of the group had the daunting task of selecting the champagne. When it was my turn, Perrier Jouet ‘Belle Epoque Rosé’. I don’t recall the exact vintage but would have been possibly ’78 or ’79.The frosty sommelier winked, gave an approving nod and whispered, in perfect English with a heart melting French accent “How refreshing, madame did not select the obvious Krug, Dom Perignon or the most expensive!!” More importantly the boss approved!‘
Which Champagne would You treat yourself?
‘I am beguiled by all Emmanuel Brochet champagnes, I will be treating myself to his rosé de saignée when I can get my hands on some. If it’s a champagne I have experienced Henri Abele “Le Sourire de Reims” rosé‘
Which Champagne would You treat a dream guest, and why?
‘Anything from a Grower, House or Cooperative! My business is all about introducing champagne to clients, igniting that thirst to try more and understand “champagne is a wine but not all wines are champagne” My dream guest is a client who first attended not knowing “champagne only comes from Champagne” but over time can converse in my favourite language, the language of champagne!‘
”Il n’est Champagne que de la Champagne”
champagne can only come from Champagne