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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 Jan 2, 14, 4:23 pm
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The 2014 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.
We've now added a Wiki so that if you pass by a lounge or try out the stuff on board, please do update the Wiki.



Updates welcome!

Link to last year's thread:
2013 BA Champagne & Wine thread

Link to next year's thread:
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/briti...l#post24271352

Last edited by Prospero; Feb 1, 15 at 7:41 am Reason: Add link to 2015 thread
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May 2014 bring us plenty of Comtes de Champagne and Pomerol in the sky and on the ground! GF starts the year with Taittinger Prelude and Rose...
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Dec 31st (Slightly cheating, I know), Taittinger (not Prelude), Taittinger Rose and Castelnooo in GF T5.

The standard Taittinger is nice enough, but it wasn't long ago that vintage champagnes were usual..
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I was unexpectedly upgraded yesterday to First on BA67 (LHR-PHL). (Took the bus from T3 to T5, where the chap checking BPs inquired "Sir, are you familiar with the location of the Concorde Room?" It took a while for me to understand what was going on.)

Anyways.

Champagne

Laurent-Perrier Grand Sicle (very pleasant!)


Whites

Chablis Grand Cru Bougros 2009, Domaine William Fvre (this one went really well with the scallops, quite strong, earthy taste)

Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC 2011, Stefano Antonucci (had a glass, pleasant enough, but will be probably better a few years down the road)

Ponzi Pinot Gris 2012, Willamette Valley (didn't try)


Reds

Chteau Batailley 2006, 5me Grand Cru Class Pauillac (didn't try)

Van Duzer Estate Pinot Noir 2010, Willamette Valley (didn't try)

CaMarcanda Promis 2010, Gaja (didn't try)
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Originally Posted by SPBanker View Post
I was unexpectedly upgraded yesterday to First on BA67 (LHR-PHL). (Took the bus from T3 to T5, where the chap checking BPs inquired "Sir, are you familiar with the location of the Concorde Room?" It took a while for me to understand what was going on.)

Anyways.

Champagne

Laurent-Perrier Grand Sicle (very pleasant!)


Whites

Chablis Grand Cru Bougros 2009, Domaine William Fvre (this one went really well with the scallops, quite strong, earthy taste)

Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC 2011, Stefano Antonucci (had a glass, pleasant enough, but will be probably better a few years down the road)

Ponzi Pinot Gris 2012, Willamette Valley (didn't try)


Reds

Chteau Batailley 2006, 5me Grand Cru Class Pauillac (didn't try)

Van Duzer Estate Pinot Noir 2010, Willamette Valley (didn't try)

CaMarcanda Promis 2010, Gaja (didn't try)
Same as JFK-LHR on 1st Jan.
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Originally Posted by SPBanker View Post
I was unexpectedly upgraded yesterday to First on BA67 (LHR-PHL). (Took the bus from T3 to T5, where the chap checking BPs inquired "Sir, are you familiar with the location of the Concorde Room?" It took a while for me to understand what was going on.)
Nice!! ^
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Wines in First Lounge Gatwick:

Champagne: Taittinger Prlude and Ros

Reds:
Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 (Oz)
Teusner "The Independent" Shiraz / Mataro 2011 (Oz)
Ch. Haut Selve 2009 (Bordeaux Graves)
Julien Schaal Syrah (SA)

Whites:
Dom. William Fvre 2009 (Chablis, see post no. 4)
The Tin Mine 2012 (SA "white wine blend")
Dom. de la Chzatte (Sancerre).

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Old Jan 5, 14, 7:11 am
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Originally Posted by SPBanker View Post
I was unexpectedly upgraded yesterday to First on BA67 (LHR-PHL). (Took the bus from T3 to T5, where the chap checking BPs inquired "Sir, are you familiar with the location of the Concorde Room?" It took a while for me to understand what was going on.)

Anyways.

Champagne

Laurent-Perrier Grand Sicle (very pleasant!)


Whites

Chablis Grand Cru Bougros 2009, Domaine William Fvre (this one went really well with the scallops, quite strong, earthy taste)

Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC 2011, Stefano Antonucci (had a glass, pleasant enough, but will be probably better a few years down the road)

Ponzi Pinot Gris 2012, Willamette Valley (didn't try)


Reds

Chteau Batailley 2006, 5me Grand Cru Class Pauillac (didn't try)

Van Duzer Estate Pinot Noir 2010, Willamette Valley (didn't try)

CaMarcanda Promis 2010, Gaja (didn't try)
And the Dessert Wine?
In December it was
Chteau de rayne vigneau sauternes 2007 1er grand cru class
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Old Jan 5, 14, 9:49 am
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Wines in F and CW

Did an LHR-BOM-LHR in F just before Christmas and the wine selection was fairly decent; the Newton Johnson Full Stop Rock 2008 - which is only 14.99 in the UK was acceptable; but to be honest - I would have expected something a bit more "gradely" for First Class.

Thank goodness we still have the LPGS as the Champagne; I wonder how long that will last?

Just done an LHR-MAA in CW; what can I say.....the wines were quite honestly dire.

I tasted the Australian red and it apparently brought a sort of grimace to my face, so I am told.

I guess this was primarily because of the dreadful taste, but my love of irony saved the day. The noxious substance I had tasted was called "The Strapper."

It was really almost appropriate because it should have been called "The (Paint) Stripper."

It was really horrible; and whoever bought this "wine" for BA, in my opinion needs medical help.

Oh dear, we really are plumbing the depths here at less than 9 a bottle in CW (and that is the UK retail price - not the bargain basement price that BA will have paid for a gazillion bottles of the stuff from Bibendum)

Here's to the water on the way home...
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Originally Posted by Hannibal Lecter View Post
And the Dessert Wine?
In December it was
Chteau de rayne vigneau sauternes 2007 1er grand cru class
Chteau Lamothe Guignard 2007, 2me Grand Cru Class Sauternes
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Originally Posted by PleasureFlyer View Post
Did an LHR-BOM-LHR in F just before Christmas and the wine selection was fairly decent; the Newton Johnson Full Stop Rock 2008 - which is only 14.99 in the UK was acceptable; but to be honest - I would have expected something a bit more "gradely" for First Class.

Thank goodness we still have the LPGS as the Champagne; I wonder how long that will last?

Just done an LHR-MAA in CW; what can I say.....the wines were quite honestly dire.

I tasted the Australian red and it apparently brought a sort of grimace to my face, so I am told.

I guess this was primarily because of the dreadful taste, but my love of irony saved the day. The noxious substance I had tasted was called "The Strapper."

It was really almost appropriate because it should have been called "The (Paint) Stripper."

It was really horrible; and whoever bought this "wine" for BA, in my opinion needs medical help.

Oh dear, we really are plumbing the depths here at less than 9 a bottle in CW (and that is the UK retail price - not the bargain basement price that BA will have paid for a gazillion bottles of the stuff from Bibendum)

Here's to the water on the way home...
And the cost savings go on unabated.
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Old Jan 6, 14, 5:44 am
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FYI Pleasureflyer ...... BA ClubWorld is supplied by Patriarche while Bibendum supply First Class.
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FYI Pleasureflyer ...... BA ClubWorld is supplied by Patriarche while Bibendum supply First Class.
I stand corrected - that's the penalty of sitting at the front too often I guess.

I do want the "credit" correctly allocated
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Originally Posted by PleasureFlyer View Post
... Oh dear, we really are plumbing the depths here at less than 9 a bottle in CW (and that is the UK retail price - not the bargain basement price that BA will have paid for a gazillion bottles of the stuff from Bibendum) ...
Is price really a factor you take in to account when choosing a wine? Personally I'd go for flavour rather than cost.

I suppose, as always, it's down to personal taste. Not tried the ones you've mentioned in Club World, but if they really are as bad as you say I'm surprised others have not mentioned it here.
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Originally Posted by PleasureFlyer View Post
I tasted the Australian red and it apparently brought a sort of grimace to my face, so I am told.

I guess this was primarily because of the dreadful taste, but my love of irony saved the day. The noxious substance I had tasted was called "The Strapper."

I
The Strapper - AKA "The Jock".
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