Qantas Business Class champagnes

By BatteryBen | Sep 14, 2018, 07:59 PM
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 MosaÏque appeared the other 5% of the time. Taitinger - the good stuff - never once made an appearance. False advertising in my book.

Anyway, I’m sure I wasn’t the only person to notice or to vocally make the point to Qantas in a variety of ways, but finally this week I noticed that Qantas have reprinted the J class menus omittiing the decent champagnes entirely and just listing the Duval and Jacquard. And in fact, QF 12 on Tuesday this week had the Jacquard loaded on board instead of the Duval.
👍 for honesty
👍 for not loading the Duval crap
👎 for selection.

I mean, really. Two rubbish French sparkling wines when Australia has some fantastic sparkling wines that Qantas could — should, IMHO — showcase instead! How about Arras? Jansz? Clover Hill? Some of the Seppelt cuvée... if anyone has any influence with the Qantas Somneliers, please advocate for a shift to Top Shelf Aussie sparkling on board instead!

And while we’re on the subject, the Qantas First Lounges usually DO have the Taitinger on hand, but it had fallen off the list in LAX this week and the options were (just) Pommery and Perrier-Jouet. I wonder why?

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By pearsonlive | Sep 15, 2018, 12:18 AM
And then every other Platinum would complain that the sparkling wine offered was not Champagne. Damned if you do, damned if you don't.
Last edited by ChrisCh at Sep 20, 2018, 05.42 PM.
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By Metoo | Sep 16, 2018, 03:58 PM
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.
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By tommygun | Sep 17, 2018, 09:36 AM
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?
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By wjhu | Sep 17, 2018, 03:50 PM
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.
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By Metoo | Sep 17, 2018, 06:11 PM
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.
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By Libertyscott | Sep 17, 2018, 10:59 PM
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.
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By Racala | Sep 20, 2018, 02:13 PM
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.
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