British Airways Blanc de Noirs 2015
YEAR - 2015
GRAPE - Pinot Noir 52%, Pinot Meunier 34%, Chardonnay 14%
ALCOHOL (ABV) - 12%
VEGETARIAN/VEGAN - Yes
BOTTLE SIZE - 75cl
STORAGE RECOMMENDATIONS - Please keep in a cool, dark place if possible.
DRINKING WINDOW - Drinking very well now, will improve and mature over the next 3-4 years. June 2020.
British Airways’ team of wine experts worked with Hattingley Valley’s talented crew of wine makers to create a 2015 Blanc de Noirs as part of their centenary celebrations to toast the airline’s milestone birthday this summer. Available in British Airways’ First cabin as well as the airline’s flagship lounge, The Concorde Room in Heathrow Terminal 5, British Airways has allocated a small parcel for wine lovers to enjoy at home.
The 2015 growing season was a test of good site selection and our vineyard did a wonderful job in challenging conditions - the summer was cooler than the previous year, particularly in August which is the crucial month for veraison and the start of the ripening season. The pinots were super-ripe with wonderful flavours, good acidity levels and a deep colour.
This Blanc de Noirs is a harmonious blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. The grapes were hand-harvested and gently pressed. The juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks at cool temperatures to preserve its bright fruit characters, with 5% being fermented in old white Burgundy barrels. Partial malolactic fermentation took place to provide a round and creamy texture. After 3 years on lees in bottle, the wine was riddled and disgorged with 8g/L dosage.
Gold in colour with a subtle green hue and persistent soft mousse, the nose has a delicate red fruit character with a hint of summer pudding and freshly risen sourdough. On the palate, the crisp acidity is balanced with red fruit flavours, creaminess and a toasty savoury quality.
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