Member since 08 Aug 2017
Total posts 46
I’ve long whinged to anyone who’d listen (no one) that Qantas have been pulling swifties with their onboard business class Champagnes. The menus listed “one of” four Champagnes ranging from Duval-Leroy (cheap rubbish) up to the very acceptable NV Taittinger. Duval appeared (in my experience) on 19/20 sectors and the other cheap (but not quite as awful) Jacquard MosaÃque appeared the other 5% of the time. Taitinger - the good stuff - never once made an appearance. False advertising in my book.
Member since 10 Jul 2015
Total posts 9
And then every other Platinum would complain that the sparkling wine offered was not Champagne. Damned if you do, damned if you don't.
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 25 Nov 2016
Total posts 91
I spoke with one person who is closely linked to the buying etc. They said Qantas was definitely trying to lower their champagne bill. Even trying to get people to switch to cocktails instead in the international lounges. If you want the good champagne best get a First class seat, the last bastion. Or the other airlines.
Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles
Member since 16 Oct 2017
Total posts 135
What a surprise - Qantas "nickel and dime" attitude hits J class beverages. Do they really believe Australian business travellers think any and all French champagne must be great? What next - a pie and sauce for J class dinner, served in a bag?
Member since 11 Jan 2011
Total posts 22
Since when is Duval Leroy "cheap rubbish"? It is quite pricey (more than Moet, Mumm, Veuve Cliquot etc). And to my fairly experienced taste (40+ years of drinking the stuff) it is pretty good.
As above, yes Duval Leroy is a reputable champagne producer in the Champagne district. Though the name is not on the star list it has good cred's.
Member since 19 Aug 2011
Total posts 18
Qatar have been "nickel and diming" champagne over recent years, dropping to Lanson then Pommery in the past year, and it shows - but the hard product is what makes the difference. NZ has gone up a level to have Laurent Perrier NV which is very decent, and even BA has been lifting its game in champagne. Australian sparking is all very well for premium economy and the Business lounges, but good quality NV champagne should be what is served in Business and in the First lounges (although First cabins and First passengers in the First Lounge should be able to get vintage champagne). It may be a cost, but it is a cost of earning the custom of premium customers.
Member since 22 May 2018
Total posts 29
I was in the Qantas first class lounge in London on Tuesday night. The sparkling wine served there that night was a Croser sparkling nv Picadilly Valley SA. I didn't see or hear of any complaints.
Member since 06 Jun 2017
Total posts 26
No first class QF lounge in London... you were in the QF lounge that has combined business and first. First get Laurent perrier champers.
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