A meal with Dominique Bona, writer
An epicurean meal at Domaine Les Crayères (Reims), an intimate and convivial experience where Dominique Bona, woman of letters and member of the Académie Française, reveals their little secrets and first emotions about Champagne to Gérard Lemarié, Reims philosopher, for Grappers.
Winner of the Prix Renaudot in 98, she tells us about her recent experiences when she tried Champagne Laurent Perrier Rosé, served with a bright red oeuf mollet, prestige caviar, gnocchi with button mushrooms and a crunchy drop of fromage blanc, fresh lemon dessert with voatsiperifery pepper.
What is the primary emotion you feel with Champagne?
Dominique Bona: Synonymous with high emotions, a bottle is only opened for an event with friends or family. An initiatory tradition because it was one of my first tastes as a baby, a little champagne dabbed on my lips. In its way, it creates an artistic emotion, particularly rosé champagne so reminiscent of a princess’ dress, the colour of the sky in the tale “Donkeyskin”. It is the tamed energy in the bubbles which change life and surroundings and fight the greyness in our existence. Sadness could never resist a few drops of champagne.
With whom would you like to share this champagne?
Dominique Bona : Champagne must be delicious; it cannot bear mediocrity. I have learned how to drink it, with all its subtleties. It must be elegant and refined. I would have liked to share this Laurent Perrier Champagne with author Colette, because she was delicious, sensual and voluptuous and also with Impressionist painter and artist Berthe Morisot, who incarnated elegance and art de vivre, and whose favourite colour was pink.
Who would be the ideal guests to share this moment?
Dominique Bona : A variety of women, the heroines of my biographies, like Colette, Berthe Morisot and of course Camille Claudel, Gala Dali, Marie de Régnier (Heredia), Yvonne Rouart and also Paul Valery’s mistress, Jeanne Voilier… And maybe a man like Stefan Zweig, because it’s wonderful to have a man who listens and, most importantly, to be the 8th guest as 8 is my favourite number.
What name would you give a champagne?
Dominique Bona : The champagne would be an exceptional wine, almost a masterpiece whose name could be “Break of Day”, the title of a novel by Colette. This Laurence Perrier champagne, with its colour, is a marvellous illustration of dawn light.