2012 BA Champagne & Wine thread

Old Jan 10, 12, 7:34 am
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2012 BA Champagne & Wine thread

Some procedure as last year. This thread is dedicated to the discussion of Champagne (and Wine) served on board BA and in the lounges worldwide.

Current champagne offerings for the most frequented locations:

First cabin Laurent Perrier Grand Siecle
LHR CCR Bollinger Rose and Laurent Perrier Grand Siecle
LHR/LGW F Lounge Bollinger Rose and Tattinger Brut 2004/Laurent Perrier Grand Siecle depends on the day
Club World Tattinger NV
LHR/LGW Galleries/Terraces ??? (Likely the Tattinger 2004)
Club Europe Pommery NV

Reds:
First Cabin Chateau de Fieuzal 2006, Graves Bordeaux, France
2nd option not confirmed
3rd option not confirmed
CCR Chateau de Fieuzal 2006, Edmeades Zinfandel 200?, Luca Pinot Noir 200?
LHR/LGW F Lounge Shiraz d'Arenberg 2007, Haut-Medoc Chateau Camensac 2005 (if you ask they may bring out a bottle)
LHR/LGW Galleries Terraces ???
Club Europe ???

Whites:
First Cabin Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Le Champ Gain 2007, Vincent Girardin, Burgundy, France
Le Soula Blanc 2007, VDP Des Cotes Catalanes, France
McWilliams Lovedale Semillon 2005, Hunter Valley, Australia
CCR Brocard Chablis Premiere Cru, Viognier 2009, Sancerre??
LHR/LGW F Lounge Brocard Chablis Premiere Cru
LHR/LGW Galleries Terraces ???
Club Europe ???

Updates welcome!

Link to last year's thread

2011 BA Champagne and Wine thread

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Old Jan 10, 12, 9:31 am
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Tried the Bollinger rose' last week in the CCR and very nice it is too ^

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Well done quoting the entire post that preceded yours! ^
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Old Jan 10, 12, 10:35 am
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I find threads like these both amazing and amusing.

Flying is something I do to get to my destination. Should I wish to drink champagne, I will purchase a bottle of my favorite brand and consume it in good company at a time and place of my choosing. I can think of lots of suitable places, but the cabin of a commercial airliner is not one of them.

So why all the excitement? Why the whinging about the quality and selection? Who cares? The air high up in the sky is dry, you taste buds are dulled, so rather drink water.

Or is it all about the snob appeal of flying first class?

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Old Jan 10, 12, 10:44 am
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Well done quoting the entire post that preceded yours! ^
Why change a winning concept?
The wines have changed from Swanhunters post mind you.

Johan rebel; each to their own I suppose. For some it is snobbery, for others like myself I rather enjoy wine up in the sky. The nose still works.
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Have to say the Grand Siècle was most welcomed on my flight to JFK last month. Even more so was the Scottish purser who served a glass on the ground and, with a gentle pat on the shoulder, informed me that "there's plenty more where that came from".

And indeed there was. And a /welldone, as well... Lovely woman.
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Originally Posted by johan rebel View Post
Flying is something I do to get to my destination.....
So why all the excitement? Why the whinging about the quality and selection? Who cares? The air high up in the sky is dry, you taste buds are dulled, so rather drink water.

Or is it all about the snob appeal of flying first class?
Since flying is all about getting to the destination I imagine you always fly Y and can't understand why anyone would want to sit anywhere else?

Personally I like good wine, if I'm sitting on a plane for 11 hrs then some glasses of wine are nice. In which case I'd rather it was good than bad. The principle applies equally to the food and seat.
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Old Jan 10, 12, 12:04 pm
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Originally Posted by johan rebel View Post
Flying is something I do to get to my destination. Should I wish to drink champagne, I will purchase a bottle of my favorite brand and consume it in good company at a time and place of my choosing. I can think of lots of suitable places, but the cabin of a commercial airliner is not one of them.

So why all the excitement? Why the whinging about the quality and selection? Who cares? The air high up in the sky is dry, you taste buds are dulled, so rather drink water.
But the point is (I think) that while you're travelling, you're stuck in this environment for maybe 10 hours. Surely you would want to make that environment as nice as possible.

The selection of food and wine on offer are two of the biggest variables on such a journey, and it makes sense to explore the options if that is your wont.

Of course, you are welcome to your water (I would say "in addition to ..." rather than "instead of ..." but each to their own).
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Originally Posted by Petrus View Post
Some procedure as last year. This thread is dedicated to the discussion of Champagne (and Wine) served on board BA and in the lounges worldwide.

Current champagne offerings for the most frequented locations:

First cabin Laurent Perrier Grand Siecle
LHR CCR Bollinger Rose and Tattinger Brut 2004
LHR/LGW F Lounge Bollinger Rose and Tattinger Brut 2004
Club World Tattinger NV
LHR/LGW Galleries/Terraces ??? (Likely the Tattinger 2004)
Club Europe Pommery NV

Reds:
First Cabin Chateau Smith Haut-Lafitte 2004 or Chateau Lynch-Bages 2004
CCR ???
LHR/LGW F Lounge Chateau Cantenac Brown 2004, d'Arenberg 2007, ???
LHR/LGW Galleries Terraces ???
Club Europe ???

Whites:
First Cabin ???
CCR ???
LHR/LGW F Lounge ???
LHR/LGW Galleries Terraces ???
Club Europe ???

Updates welcome!

Link to last year's thread

2011 BA Champagne and Wine thread

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Had the Lynch Bages on my opup to HKG - Excellent wine for such a young Bordeaux. Am used to allowing Medoc wines more time.

OT but I was given a bottle of Chateau Margaux 1970 and Latour 1970 for my birthday. The Margaux unfortunately had oxidised but the Latour was excellent...
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Old Jan 10, 12, 12:52 pm
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Originally Posted by itsmeitisss View Post
Had the Lynch Bages on my opup to HKG - Excellent wine for such a young Bordeaux. Am used to allowing Medoc wines more time.

OT but I was given a bottle of Chateau Margaux 1970 and Latour 1970 for my birthday. The Margaux unfortunately had oxidised but the Latour was excellent...
I also find this post very informative, but have to note that when flying, I've noticed in the past that my perception of wine is often different than what I'll think of it on the ground. I wonder if they have people who just go up to altitude for wine tastings.
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Old Jan 10, 12, 2:13 pm
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BA did exactly this last year, and actually made of short film about it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PzeuVCBzQc

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I am somewhat relieved to see the booze thread has reappeared. I was beginning to fear you'd all gone teetotal
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I am somewhat relieved to see the booze thread has reappeared. I was beginning to fear you'd all gone teetotal
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F wine list from the middle east last week

Champagne
Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle, Champagne, France
White
Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Le Champ Gain 2007, Vincent Girardin, Burgundy, France
Le Soula Blanc 2007, VDP Des Cotes Catalanes, France
McWilliams Lovedale Semillon 2005, Hunter Valley, Australia

Red
Chateau Lynch-Bages 1998, 5eme Grand Cru Classe Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
Corton Bressandes Grand Cru 2008, Corton Andre, Burgundy, France
St Hallet Blackwell Shiraz 2006, Barossa Valley, Australia

Dessert
The Noble Mudpie 2010, d’Arenberg, McLaren Vale, South Australia
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Old Jan 10, 12, 3:55 pm
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Thanks Moomba ^ Updated.
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