Christoph Waltz Talks About the First Time He Had Champagne (He Was Four)

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Distinguished carbonation company Dom Pérignon has a new flagship bottle for their champagne and a new spokesperson: Christoph Waltz's worldly accent. He talked to GQ only about champagne and his champagne-related secrets.

Do you remember the first time you had champagne?
I do very vividly. As a four-year-old, I was given a literally a thimbleful from my grandfather, whom I loved more than anything in the world. It might have been for the solstice, a midsummer night. I don’t know what it was. I am afraid it was not Dom Perignon, but on the other hand I am glad because you don’t start at the top.

When was the last time you had champagne?
I remember the occasion, but I won’t tell you. It was that special, is what I’m saying.

Are you the person who opens the champagne?
Yes, by all means. When I open a bottle of champagne, it sighs.

Were you always good at opening champagne?
Yes, I think I was a born champagne opener.

If you were given 10 cases of champagne what’s the first thing you would do?
I would open the first bottle. I wouldn’t plan! It takes care of itself. Though, I would like 12 cases.

What’s there any occasion where you need to drink champagne?
To say special is very genetic thing. Special is the moment, there is not a scale of one to ten. Something is that very special today, might not be special tomorrow, but to hold it, to grasp it, to keep it, to make it special, to elevate it from the ordinary, that’s when you open up the champagne. To make it sparkle.

Is there ever a right time is to drink right from the bottle?
No! It will go in your face. It's a waste. You have to live up to it.

Have you ever sprayed a bottle of champagne?
No! I am not a race car driver.

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