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 Dec 28, 14, 1:43 pm
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Originally Posted by orbitmic
Indeed, although the LGW F lounge managed to pull out an excellent Chablis Grand Cru the other day (out of the blue and surrounded by other pretty atrocious bottles!). Considering what I opened around Christmas, I think I should be in charge of placing BA's next order for GF and all of you would be happier (with good reason!)
You'd get my vote
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Old Dec 28, 14, 3:05 pm
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Originally Posted by onobond
You'd get my vote
Not sure if you are mostly tempted by the Comtes de Champagne, the Clos de Vougeot, the Le Pin, or the Cote Rotie, but either way, you wouldn't be disappointed!
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Old Dec 28, 14, 3:15 pm
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On Christmas Eve we settled for a 2008 head to head of St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classe B vs. a Pessac Grand Cru Classe, and also a few solid Italians which I do not remember much of except they were rather good. The Pessac came out on top and I did not find the St Emilion as good as I had hope for.

To quell any doubts on Boxing day (needed 24h to recover) we lined up another bottle of the 2008 St Emilion against a 2008 Barolo which was allowed to breathe for 2 hours. Wow... Bordeaux really shone this time.

Orbitmic; when do we blind date taste?
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Old Dec 28, 14, 3:16 pm
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Originally Posted by orbitmic
Not sure if you are mostly tempted by the Comtes de Champagne, the Clos de Vougeot, the Le Pin, or the Cote Rotie, but either way, you wouldn't be disappointed!
The Taittinger Comptes de Champagne is very tasty! I think it was the 2004 vintage that I've tried.
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Old Dec 28, 14, 3:26 pm
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Originally Posted by Petrus
Orbitmic; when do we blind date taste?
We certainly should!! I've still got somewhere a thought to contact you when I pass through Stockholm but haven't for such a long time (with great sadness too, beautiful city!)

St Emilion is a strange appellation - some of the greatest Grands Crus can prove phenomenal, others very disappointing. Even character seems to vary with some of the wines being quite heady and strong, and others more delicate, closer to nearby Pomerol. I'd say that of all the great Bordeaux, it is the one I feel least capable of choosing and understanding. Such a pretty village though!

PS: did a bit of Japanese whisky tasting while doing work in that beautiful country the week before last, not an unpleasant fate either!!
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Old Dec 28, 14, 3:41 pm
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when do we blind date taste?
Not much into blind dates, but I'll hop on a good blind wine tasting. Say we all bring a bottle of Bordeaux 1st or 2nd Cru...

Location/Time?
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Old Dec 30, 14, 1:34 am
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Originally Posted by Petrus
GF now appears to be enhanced for good with regards to non-bubbly wine. Have not seen anything decent in red or white varieties for months.
This summer there were good wines in GF, but you're right. It certainly seems "enhanced" now. I'm here now for the final time this year and there's nothing to write about. But at least the Tatt is still drinkable.
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Old Dec 31, 14, 7:48 am
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There was a rather good Chateau Fuisse Tete de Cru on the way back from CPT this week and even the el cheapo Spanish Sauv Blanc they doled out in CE yesterday was pleasant enough.

At the airport though, well, I echo above comments about uninspiring (if not necessarily poor) wines in GF.

Who'll be the first to start the 2015 head. Petrus?
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