Old Jan 2, 14, 3:25 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 10, 14, 10:26 am
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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
You can only guest one person into the CCR as a CCR cardholder unless you are flying F when you can guest in 2 people.
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Old Jun 10, 14, 11:16 am
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Originally Posted by Land-of-Miles
You can only guest one person into the CCR as a CCR cardholder unless you are flying F when you can guest in 2 people.
I know. We are in CW on the way back so I can't guest them both in to the CCR. Hence my (first world) problem. Do we all go to the GF together, or do I dump them in the GC whilst enjoying the CCR by myself. I guess I could take one of them in the CCR, but that seems unfair
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The BWI lounge has had Mot for some time. The women who work there are some of the friendliest lounge employees I have come across.
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This Taittinger Prlude is rather nice in the flounge (thanks Hugolover). Haven't had the courage to try the Castelmaine
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Yesterday in T5 Flounge was another disappointment with no classified red Bordeaux to be seen, and of course more importantly, to be drunk.
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Originally Posted by onobond
Yesterday in T5 Flounge was another disappointment with no classified red Bordeaux to be seen, and of course more importantly, to be drunk.
It seems to happen a lot at the moment, and I'm personally not happy about it...
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Originally Posted by onobond
Yesterday in T5 Flounge was another disappointment with no classified red Bordeaux to be seen, and of course more importantly, to be drunk.
Haven't we moved beyond needing a bottle of claret on every wine list?

I'd be happy if they managed a good spread of grapes and countries, and given the price point seems to be dropping (unfortunately), I'd stay away from Bordeaux, Burgundy and the USA and look for better old and new world value.

But we all have different tastes.
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Haven't we moved beyond needing a bottle of claret on every wine list?
Certainly not if you ask me!!!

As you say, tastes do vary but I don't feel too lonely in feeling that the great Bordeaux age and taste differently from any other. In that sense, having only Bordeaux wines would mean some other tastes would not be accounted for, but in their complete absence an entire style is out. Parker mania means many people have now taken to enjoy far bolder, far fruitier, and often far more alcohol-loaded red wines, but even without going all the way to a one of a kind Petrus, those of us who prefer more complex (dare I say subtle?) and aged wines will have badly missed a Bordeaux growth in the offerings of my last few visits.
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Originally Posted by KARFA
I know. We are in CW on the way back so I can't guest them both in to the CCR. Hence my (first world) problem. Do we all go to the GF together, or do I dump them in the GC whilst enjoying the CCR by myself. I guess I could take one of them in the CCR, but that seems unfair
I had a similar problem last month, I was in F travelling to DFW, my OH (Silver) and daughter (Rust) had coincidentally booked themselves a trip to JFK in WT at about the same time which I then upgraded for them with s to WT+. I did the decent thing and spend an hour or so with them in GC before they went shopping, as laydees do, at which point I went into the CCR on my own. GC was OK in fact, I managed to get over myself.
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Originally Posted by Howard Long
I had a similar problem last month, I was in F travelling to DFW, my OH (Silver) and daughter (Rust) had coincidentally booked themselves a trip to JFK in WT at about the same time which I then upgraded for them with s to WT+. I did the decent thing and spend an hour or so with them in GC before they went shopping, as laydees do, at which point I went into the CCR on my own. GC was OK in fact, I managed to get over myself.
Thanks Howard Long. My post was a bit tongue-in-cheek, but since I will have a CCR card from July until the end of next year I am keen to try out the JFK CCR. I think I might take my sister in and leave her other half in the GC just as a treat for her.
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Originally Posted by Kgmm77

Haven't we moved beyond needing a bottle of claret on every wine list?
Personally, we are more amused when displaying 5-6 red wines, at least ONE red Bordeaux ("better old world value") is found among them.


Originally Posted by Kgmm77

But we all have different tastes.
We appreciate your tolerance on that. Perhaps a way to satisfy all tastes could be an alternative to 5-6 reds of unknown new world value, 3-4 of these and 2 of known old world value?

Today, we were entertained, although not amused to the level of making notes for the wine shop, by a 2009 Newton Johnson Full Stop Rock (Syrah/Grenache/Mourvedre), which, according to Googled reports, seems to be a rather good low-cost new world alternative to a red Rhone. But better value (for money)? Not so sure.
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I had a good portion of a bottle of 2004 Chateau Haut-Bergey, Pessac-Leognan on the way home from Atlanta - however it was spoiled by being swamped with sediment.

I sympathise with the process of getting the wine on-board - which must involve it being shaken about for a good while - but aside from travelling with a pack of coffee filters does anyone have a clever way of getting sediment free wine on-board?
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Originally Posted by ClubClassCowboy
I had a good portion of a bottle of 2004 Chateau Haut-Bergey, Pessac-Leognan on the way home from Atlanta - however it was spoiled by being swamped with sediment.

I sympathise with the process of getting the wine on-board - which must involve it being shaken about for a good while - but aside from travelling with a pack of coffee filters does anyone have a clever way of getting sediment free wine on-board?
This must be a first world problem to end all first world problems. I think coffee filters are the way to go (and, of course, they pack tight and light). However, IME, the wine drains through them extremely slowly so you would need a capacious funnel to hold the filter and a glass' worth wine, and a degree of patience. Also a thick skin to deal with the FAs and your fellow passengers.
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Muslin cloth, folded over several times. Not as foolproof as a coffee filter, but much quicker. Avoid white coffee filters, go for the unbleached ones.
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Muslin cloth, folded over several times. Not as foolproof as a coffee filter, but much quicker. Avoid white coffee filters, go for the unbleached ones.
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