Old Jan 2, 14, 4:25 pm
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This thread is archived - there is a 2015 BA Champagne and Wine Thread here.

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 Concorde Room Bollinger Rose and Laurent Perrier Grand Siecle
LHR Galleries First lounges / LGW First lounge Taittinger Rose and Taittinger Prelude/Laurent Perrier Grand Siecle depends on the day/Castelnau

Club World cabin Taittinger NV/Castelnau Brut Rose NV/Boizel Grand Vintage 2004
LHR Galleries Club lounges / LGW Terraces lounge ??? (Likely the Taittinger or Castelnau)
Club Europe cabin Heidsieck Brut Monopole Blue Top NV

Reds:
First cabin Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste 2001, Pauillac Bordeaux, France
2nd option not confirmed
3rd option not confirmed
LHR Concorde Room Chateau Grand Puy-Lacoste 2001, Cru Classe Pauillac and 3-4 more
LHR Galleries First / LGW First lounge Chateau Batailley 2006 Pauillac, Hamilton Russel Pinot Noir SA, Chateau Du Tertre 2007 Cru Classe Margaux, Merry Edwards Pinot.

LHR Galleries Club lounges / LGW Terraces lounge Ch. Haut Selve 2009; Ch. Lamothe Cissac 2010; Merry Edwards Pinot Noir 2010; Cycles Gladiator Pinot Noir 2012; Chono Pinot Noir 2012
Club World cabin Brio de Cantenac Brown 2005; Teusner "The Independent" Shiraz Mataro 2011, Barossa Valley, South Australia; Chateau Marzy 2008, Pomerol, Bordeaux; Chteau La Claymore 2009, Lussac Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux; Meiomi Pinot Noir 2012, Santa Barbara/Sonoma/Monterey, California
Club Europe cabin Undrinkable generic French red non vintage non AC (Does anybody drink anything else than the Champagne!?)

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
Chablis Grand Cru Bougros 2009, Domaine William Fvre, France
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC 2011, Stefano Antonucci, Italy
Ponzi Pinot Gris 2012, Willamette Valley, USA
LHR Concorde Room Brocard Chablis Premiere Cru, Viognier 2009, Sancerre??
LHR Galleries First lounges / LGW First lounge Brocard Chablis Premiere Cru, Saint-Aubin Premier Cru Les Cortons 2011, Casa Maria Sauv Blanc 2011 Chile, Vessiguad Pouilly Fuisse 2011.

LHR Galleries Club lounges / LGW Terraces lounge Elizabeth Spencer Sauv Blanc 2012; Esser Chardonnay 2011; Cycles Gladiator Pinot Grigio 2012; The Tin Mine "Zevenwacht" 2012; Kleine Zalze 2012; Mullineux 2012
Club World cabin Chateau de Chantegrive 2011, Graves, Bordeaux; Yalumba Viognier 2011, Eden Valley South Australia; Pouilly-Fum 2012, Chteau Favray, Loire Valley; Cline Viognier 2012, North Coast, California
Club Europe cabin ???

Spirit selection available in LHR Galleries First lounges:
  • Bacardi 8
  • Bacardi Superior
  • Bailey's
  • Baron Otard XO
  • Bombay Sapphire
  • Bushmills
  • Chase Vodka
  • Ciroc (vodka)
  • Cointreau
  • Drambuie
  • Drambuie 15
  • Gentleman Jack
  • Glenlivet 15
  • Glenlivet 18
  • Gordon's
  • Grey Goose
  • Grey Goose Le Citron
  • Imperia Vodka
  • Jameson
  • Johnnie Walker Blue
  • Johnnie Walker Red
  • Jos Cuervo Especial Reposado
  • Kahla
  • La Concha (sherry)
  • Martini Bianco
  • Martini Extra Dry
  • Martini Rosso
  • Olmeca Gold
  • Smirnoff Red
  • Southern Comfort
  • Tanqueray No. Ten
  • Warre's 1999 (port)
  • Woodford Reserve
  • Zacapa XO (only in T5)
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Old Jun 4, 14, 7:28 am
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Don't get me wrong...I love shopping for great wine values at all price levels...I often buy excellent wines at less than $20, but if I had a $50 or $100 budget, I think I'd generally be able to do better. I think other airlines with bigger wine budgets do generally have better wines. I think the BA selection (including champagne) is upper-medium. I did really like the Bollinger Grand Annee in years past. I will admit that I do like DP (I'm sure my tastes will be criticized for that.) Now...I wish they'd bring back the caviar to go with all this generally good bubbly (although BA has had some pretty poor stuff in years past as well), but then again, I wish they'd bring back the Concorde.

I also agree that you should be able to get a better wine for $20 from a place like Argentina than from California or France. I generally enjoy Malbecs for that very reason, and the Cantena is nice.

But I still say, give me a $50 budget and I'll beat the Cantena every day (that's not the same as saying every $50 wine is better than the Cantena).

On a related tangent, I do appreciate the availability of JW Blue, not that it's my favorite "premium" whiskey (as in $100-150+/bottle) -- unlimited free Blue Label is a nice treat.

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Originally Posted by TravellerFrequently View Post
I do not like the J type champagne flutes - small and not of the same quality crystal. I made this comment on the ipad in the GF last week.

I had my champagne in a wine glass instead.
I often get my wine and champagne in a rocks glass -- bigger servings and less spillage. The champagne glasses need to be refilled to quickly and no need to trouble the cabin crew more than necessary.
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but if I had a $50 or $100 budget, I think I'd generally be able to do better.
No doubt! If you change that $ sign to you could get spectacular wines. But in BA's favor, it is not at all easy to by 10,000 cases of such wine. I've spoken with AF's wine sommelier and he related how hard it is to get good wines in the huge volumes needed by such an airline as BA or AF.

I will admit that I do like DP (I'm sure my tastes will be criticized for that.)
Not from me. The DP vintage 2000 and 2002 that I have enjoyed liberally on EK F flights is an excellent Champagne. That's not to say that all DP's are great, but some are.
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In GF today the champagne coolers were undergoing heavy maintenance; indeed the engineers said that they are poorly installed allowing little ventilation. Anyway, big champagne glasses are back and the Heineken tap has disappeared.
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Just been for a refill, half a bottle of Tatti left and now being replaced with Castlenooooooooo!
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Anyway, big champagne glasses are back....
Yes ^ I was there on Sunday morning and put a comment in the feedback ipad about the silly small glasses.
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Hi all, had a quick look on the wiki thread at the beginning, but was just wondering.

My wife and I fly to JFK in August in F and she would like to know what Rose, if any, is available on board.

Anyone here know?
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Flying out of T3 today, I was happy to find the Flounge displaying a classified red Bordeaux. The 2006 Chateau Larrivet Haut-Brion, Pessac-Leognan, one of 3 vintages of reds from this Chateaux in the present millennium scoring <90 points (89, so a close shave) with wine guru Robert Parker.

Drinking well now, would finish within 2-3 years.

Another red Bordeaux, 2007 Chateau Tristan, Pomerol, was discovered at re-filling. Unfortunately, this bottle had a cork damage. The replacement came too late for me to evaluate.
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Originally Posted by BertiebassUK View Post
Hi all, had a quick look on the wiki thread at the beginning, but was just wondering.

My wife and I fly to JFK in August in F and she would like to know what Rose, if any, is available on board.

Anyone here know?
I haven't done that route in F, but did do IAD-LHR in F back in April. This was the champagne list. I think LPGS is a given, but I am not sure how much they vary the rose over time or routes. I am actually doing LHR-JFK in August as well with my sister over the bank holiday.

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Originally Posted by KARFA View Post
I haven't done that route in F, but did do IAD-LHR in F back in April. This was the champagne list. I think LPGS is a given, but I am not sure how much they vary the rose over time or routes. I am actually doing LHR-JFK in August as well with my sister over the bank holiday...
I'll be doing a couple of JFKs in August too ... might turn into a mini 'Do'!

Whilst it has no bearing on August flights, those same 3 champagnes have featured in F for several months now on all the TATLs that I've taken (including this last week).

As I mentioned supra the Laurent-Perrier Grand Sicle has made a welcome appearance in the JFK CCR. I am reliably informed this is a regular feature. The current JFK CCR Ros offering is the Laurent-Perrier Cuve Ros Brut.
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Originally Posted by onobond View Post
Flying out of T3 today, I was happy to find the Flounge displaying a classified red Bordeaux. The 2006 Chateau Larrivet Haut-Brion, Pessac-Leognan...
Thanks for the heads-up - I enquired in T5 and they just managed to find a bottle here too!
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pudding wine in CW

does anyone know what it is currently? Is it worth staying awake with for an hour ?
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does anyone know what it is currently? Is it worth staying awake with for an hour ?
There isn't any pudding wine in CW is there? I though that it is only in F. Port is available in CW.
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Originally Posted by Tobias-UK View Post
I'll be doing a couple of JFKs in August too ... might turn into a mini 'Do'!
I'll be on BA175 on Thursday 21 August.

As I mentioned supra the Laurent-Perrier Grand Sicle has made a welcome appearance in the JFK CCR. I am reliably informed this is a regular feature. The current JFK CCR Ros offering is the Laurent-Perrier Cuve Ros Brut.
Mmm. Coming back my sister, her other half, and I are all in CW (UD). Neither of them have any status, but by then I will be GGL/CCR. So I can take them both in to the GF, or they could go in to the GC whilst I try out the CCR - never been in the one at JFK. Perhaps I could pretend I just need to do so shopping in the terminal and leave them in the GC
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There isn't any pudding wine in CW is there? I though that it is only in F. Port is available in CW.
shows how long it's been since I was last in anything other than Y!
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