BRITISH AIRWAYS & CHAMPAGNE
– Candy Champagne
I was lucky enough to recently fly British Airways “First”. When presented with the menu, I had the choice between:
– Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle
– Champagne Palmer & Co Blanc de Blancs Millesime 2007
– Champagne Michel Forget Grand Rose Premier Cru
What is a Champagne Addict to do?
Try all 3 of them of course! And then the Grand Siecle again in the morning (all 3 were absolutely outstanding but the Grand Siecle was my favourite).
A bit on each of them:
Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle is the prestige cuvee of the House of Laurent-Perrier and is named in honour of the “Sun King”, Louis XIV, who presided over an era known as the Grand Siecle or Grand Century. The multi-vintage champagne is created from grapes sourced from 100% Grand Cru vineyard in 12 of the most prestigious villages. The blend is 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay and only the BEST vintages are used. It is no wonder that I liked it so much!!!
Champagne Michel Forget Grand Rose Premier Cru – this delicious rose is made from a blend of 45% Pinot Noir, 25% Pinot Meunier and 15% Chardonnay with a further 15% of Pinot Noir red wine sourced from fourteen Premier Cru villages. The Champagne spends a minimum of 2 years on its lees before disgorgement. It was absolutely wonderful with a rich crimson colour.
Champagne Palmer & Co Blanc de Blancs Millesime 2007 – the Champagne house was originally found in 1947 by seven growers with Grand Cru vineyards. The Champagne spends at least four years on its lees in order to develop the complexity and elegance that is a hallmark of Champagne Palmer. I recently shared an article from Glass of Bubbly and the merits for Blanc de Blancs Champagnes. I would definitely add this to the list of the great Blanc de Blancs. https://thechampagneaddict.com/2014/08/17/blanc-de-blancs/
It was a great experience and an amazing flight for this Champagne Addict!