The 2016 BA Champagne & Wine thread

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Old Jan 3, 16, 4:21 am
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The 2016 BA Champagne & Wine thread



Fancy a chilled glass of Bollinger Rose or Laurent Perrier Grand Siècle? This thread is dedicated to the discussion of Champagne (and Wine) served on board BA and in the lounges worldwide and is a continuation of last year’s http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/briti...ne-thread.html

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Old Jan 3, 16, 4:24 am
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Champagne offerings in 2015 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 2006, Cru Classe Pauillac, Catena Alta Zapata Malbec 2011, Argentina and 2 others
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; Château 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 Fèvre, France
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC 2011, Stefano Antonucci, Italy
Ponzi Pinot Gris 2012, Willamette Valley, USA
LHR Concorde Room Brocard Chablis Grand Cru 2010, Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru 2012
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-Fumé 2012, Château 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
  • José Cuervo Especial Reposado
  • Kahlúa
  • 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 3, 16, 5:28 am
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First (as of December 2015)

Champagne:
Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle, Champagne, France
Champagne Marion-Bosser Premier Cru Blanc De Blancs Extra-Brut NV
Duval-Leroy Rosé Prestige Premier Cru NV

Reds:
Château Lagrange 2007, 3ème Grand Cru Classé Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France
Van Der Kamp Pinot Noir, La Follette, Sonoma Coast, California, USA
Coronado 2010, Tenuta dei Pianali, Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy

Whites:
Chassange-Montrachet Premier Cru Ailleret 2011, Vincent Girardin, Burgundy, France
Sancerre La Grand Roc 2012, Domaine Gérard Fiou, Loire Valley, France
Cline Cellars Marsanne/Roussanne 2013, Sonoma Coast, California, USA

Dessert wines:
Coteaux du Layon L’enclave 2011, Château Pierre-Bise, Loire Valley, France
Warre’s 2000 Colheita Tawny Port
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Old Jan 5, 16, 3:35 pm
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We were very pleasantly surprised to see The Chocolate Block making an appearance in the CW cabin on our flights either side of Christmas. It seems that we weren't the only people who remarked on it; the cabin crew reported a lot of comments and interest, and the crew on the way back had gone to a shop and bought some to take home and try it for themselves.

I always thought that it was made in relatively small quantities, and had a following that made it something akin to a cult wine, and I never thought that I'd see it on board an aircraft.

Having said that, though, I think it tastes better at sea level.
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Old Jan 5, 16, 6:30 pm
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Wine selection in the JFK CCR this evening:

White


Red


Zindafel was off the page


Dessert
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Old Jan 5, 16, 6:34 pm
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Originally Posted by Petrus View Post
LHR Galleries First lounges / LGW First lounge Taittinger Rose and Taittinger Prelude/Laurent Perrier Grand Siecle depends on the day/Castelnau

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[*]Zacapa XO (only in T5)[/LIST][/INDENT]
Very sadly, I haven't seen the Zacapa in GF for many months.

As for GF Champagne, the new norm of Taittinger is the Brut millesime and no longer the Prelude usually. LGPS truly is the exception and not the norm so I would really note it as such. I might have seen it twice in 2015 while the vintage Taittinger and rose and the Castelnau are all there almost every time.
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Old Jan 6, 16, 2:08 am
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Chanson Père & Fils Beaune Premier Cru Bastion 2009 in LHR CCR right now.

Also the Whiskey promo of the month is Glenfiddich Age of Discover, aged 19 years. This is a really, really good drop.

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Old Jan 6, 16, 3:38 pm
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Wines in F on the A380 to IAD today...

Champagnes
LPGS
Marion-Bosser Premier Cru Blanc de Blancs NV
Duval-Leroy Rose Prestige Premier Cru NV

Whites
Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru Cailleret 2011
Sancerre Le Grand Roc 2012
Cline Cellars Marsanne 2013, Sonoma

Reds
Château Lagrange 2007, 3ème Cru Classé, Bordeaux
Van Der Kamp Pinot Noir 2012, California
Coronato 2010, Tuscany

Dessert
Coteaux du Layon L'anclaie 2011, Chateau Pierre-Bise
Warre's 2000 Colheita Tawny

I think I had almost a full bottle of the Montrachet. So good.
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Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru Cailleret 2011
That is an epic brew. I am most jealous!
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That is an epic brew. I am most jealous!
Well I paid €329 for my ticket and I wanted to get my money's worth.
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Wines in F on the A380 from SFO on January 7th were the same as on the A380 to IAD on January 6th with the exception of the whites.

Chablis Grand Cru Bougros 2010, William Fèvre, Burgundy
Castro Martin Sobre Lias Albarino 2014, Galicia, Spain
Quivira Fig Tree Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2014, California
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Last year, Ch Oiliver appeared in the GF lounge occasionally.

I was surprised and delighted to find it in the EDI Galleries lounge this evening. A distic=nct step up from the usual fare.
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Old Jan 21, 16, 8:46 am
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We have a real treat in T5 GF today...
Domaine d'Ardhuy Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (2009)

With me around, it won't last long... I'll keep an eye to see if they are restocking (currently present at both bars - the bottle at the Gold Bar is slightly warmer as it's not on ice: better in my view).
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Old Jan 21, 16, 8:55 am
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Last year, Ch Oiliver appeared in the GF lounge occasionally.

I was surprised and delighted to find it in the EDI Galleries lounge this evening. A distic=nct step up from the usual fare.
I had some wonderful surprises at the GLA lounge in 2015. And now that I am very good friends with the BaxterStorey catering manager there, she always greets me with something "nice from the back".

It's always appreciated when a nice CDP, Chablis or Grand Cru comes out the kitchen doors.
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Yesterday, T5 GF had the rather lovely Felton Road Bannockburn. Arguably NZ's best producer of Pinot. Sadly, I was there at 6.00 am so didn't partake.
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