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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 Apr 20, 14, 1:23 pm
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Originally Posted by theflyingstudent View Post
Thanks haasha that is great advice! I look forward to trying it and yes I always do have a scoot around the wines and there is always at least one or two that are worth drinking amongst some of the less good ones that they sometimes have out. Incidentally how would you say the prelude compares to the milleisime that they used to have in the gf?
They had both Taittinger Prelude and Castelnau Millesime 2004 (+ Tatty Rose) on Saturday, as well as 2 weeks ago I was there, so you might be able to compare yourself.

I had Castelnau once and found it disgusting, but that could be just my taste buds.
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Old Apr 20, 14, 4:03 pm
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Haven't tried the Elit, so will add it my wishlist. Russian Standard Platinum is fairly good too!
Yep, the RS Platinum is ok, but you'll see, the Elit is much nicer. You'll like it!
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I had Castelnau once and found it disgusting, but that could be just my taste buds.
Your taste buds and those of most other members of this forum.
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I haven't seen any Zacapa Rum in a while, neither the XO nor the 23 year old one, instead there's Chase English Potato Vodka - a typical BA enhancement(?)
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prelude in T3GF this morning, not tried it before, quite nice. ^ (Not LPGS mind)
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I've been waiting for something interesting to post about here for a while now, but there never seems to be any positive news. Today in T5GF there are no French wines (other than the Tatt) which is quite disappointing. At least there is the usual Zacapa XO to keep me.

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And the only decent wine I see is a 2007 Catena Malbec.
Nowadays it is 2011 Catena. Not a patch on the 2007.
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I haven't seen any Zacapa Rum in a while, neither the XO nor the 23 year old one, instead there's Chase English Potato Vodka - a typical BA enhancement(?)
Chase vodka is actually very good. Their claim to fame is winning a major blind tasting of global vodkas some years ago.

Zacapa is rather nicer though, well, it's rum rather than vodka.
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I've been waiting for something interesting to post about here for a while now, but there never seems to be any positive news. Today in T5GF there are no French wines (other than the Tatt) which is quite disappointing. At least there is the usual Zacapa XO to keep me.
Was the same for the reds yesterday and very disappointing it was. In white there was a Beaune 1er cru but the general selection was really poor. Great shame after the few excellent bottles we had a few months ago...
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Third Flounge visit in 12 days. Still no sight of any Red Bordeaux classified growths. As an hommage to the World Malbec Day a month ago, two glasses of 2009 Catena Alta Malbec just for this celebration.

The usual suspects were found among the Champagnes.

As a little stream of hope, a much too young, but surely promising, 2012 Howard Park Sauignon Blanc/Semillion from Margaret River and a more inspiring 2009 Chablis Grand Cru William Fevre were found in the selection of whites.
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The Catena Alta Malbec is very good it should be said. However, the lounge beverage proposition is so inconsistent the only real explanation is that they have no clue what they are doing.
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I'm not the kind of person who thinks a list is incomplete without a claret (or a burgundy) and I'm a huge fan of good new world pinot (not the watery fruit squash or over-jammy extremes).

That said, my lounge visits (CCR & GF) and onboard tasting over the last 18 months have been a bit much even for me. I've got a picture in my head of the head wine buyer going home to watch Sideways on a loop every night.

On one visit, I'm pretty sure 3 of the reds were new world pinots.

There's a whole world of grapes out there, and whilst I admit there's probably still a fair chunk of passengers who can't see beyond the Bordeaux or Chablis, they could at least push the boat out and introduce a few wildcards with offending people.

I agree that the Catena Malbec is very good.
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Originally Posted by Kgmm77 View Post
I'm not the kind of person who thinks a list is incomplete without a claret (or a burgundy) and I'm a huge fan of good new world pinot (not the watery fruit squash or over-jammy extremes).

That said, my lounge visits (CCR & GF) and onboard tasting over the last 18 months have been a bit much even for me. I've got a picture in my head of the head wine buyer going home to watch Sideways on a loop every night.

On one visit, I'm pretty sure 3 of the reds were new world pinots.

There's a whole world of grapes out there, and whilst I admit there's probably still a fair chunk of passengers who can't see beyond the Bordeaux or Chablis, they could at least push the boat out and introduce a few wildcards with offending people.

I agree that the Catena Malbec is very good.
I don't think the wine buyer has anything to do with what is on offer in lounges. I imagine they have shelves marked red/white, then possibly divided into GC/GF/CCR. The staff keep replacing the same first wine they found in the morning until all bottles are gone. Then they switch to the next wine.
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This may not sound like a genuine dilemma, but it really is.

I fly to MCO in CW. I am in two minds about hiring a car on arrival to drive to my holiday destination or to book an airport hotel for the first night. The quality of the wines in CW have a role to play in my decision - if I am to hire the car, I will need to stop drinking soon into the flight.
Looking at the posts, the selection in CW is not particularly inspiring. I recently flew to SFO in F and found a few wines to drink once the champagne was gone - Merry Edwards Pinot being the pick of the bunch. However, I am not sure the same is true of CW.

So, is it likely the champagne will run out early in the flight? If so I will probably go for the car option. However, if there is likely to be a trickle throughout the journey, I will do the sensible thing and rest up on arrival.

Many thanks.

P.S. Would I be correct to assume that the wines in CW (rather than CE) are from full-sized bottles?
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Would I be correct to assume that the wines in CW (rather than CE) are from full-sized bottles?
Yes they are full sized bottles.
No they are not worth changing your travel plans over. Also not really good to drink at 40,000 feet.
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