Awards

Cellars in the Sky 2019

24 Feb 2020 by BusinessTraveller
Cellars 2019

The Business Traveller Cellars in the Sky 2019 Awards, which recognise the best business and first class wines served by airlines worldwide, were presented on Monday February 24 at The Langham, London, by Charles Metcalfe, co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge.

The event was kindly sponsored by Champagne house Duval-Leroy.

Malaysia Airlines won the coveted Gold medal for Best Overall Cellar, as well as taking home the Gold for Best Business Class Cellar. Qatar Airways and Air New Zealand jointly took Silver in the Business Class category, with Aer Lingus taking Bronze.

Qantas was awarded Gold in the Best First Class Cellar category. Cathay Pacific was awarded Silver, and ANA and Singapore Airlines were awarded joint Bronze.

Business Traveller magazine’s Cellars in the Sky Awards has been running since 1985.

This year’s competing airlines were Aegean, Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, Aircalin, Air Canada, Air Italy, Air New Zealand, Air Tahiti Nui, American Airlines, ANA, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Cathay Dragon, Cathay Pacific, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Finnair, Gulf Air, Icelandair, Japan Airlines, Jetblue, Jetstar, Korean Air, LATAM, Malaysia Airlines, Oman Air, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, TAP Air Portugal, Virgin Atlantic and Westjet.

Cellars in the sky judging

THE FULL LIST OF WINNERS AND SHORTLISTED AIRLINES

BEST FIRST CLASS RED

Gold: ANA

Domaine David Duband, Nuit-Saint-Georges Les Pruliers 1er cru 2017, Burgundy, France

Judges said: Dark, alluring and perfectly complex. Incredibly good.

Score: 98

Silver: Emirates

Les Forts de Latour 2005, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

Judges said: Great drinkability and maturity with a lovely classic Bordeaux palate.

Score: 97

Bronze: Qantas

Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Syrah 2018, Tarrawarra, Yarra Valley, Australia

Judges said: Fragrant and crowd-pleasing. Very good for the air.

Score: 96.5

BEST BUSINESS CLASS RED

Gold: Air New Zealand

Brennan B2, 2016, Queenstown, Central Otago, New Zealand

Judges said: Lovely fresh, juicy red fruits with some oak. A lovely balance and very elegant. A sexy crowd pleaser.

Score: 96

Silver (joint): Air New Zealand

Trinity Hill Homage Syrah, 2015, Gimblett Gravels, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand

Judges said: Charming and delightful. Savoury and oaky. Firm with rather dry tannins.

Silver (joint): Etihad Airways

Turkey Flat Butchers Block Red 2016, Barossa Valley, Australia

Judges said: Ripe with a hint of sweet oak. Has an intense, long palate.

Silver (joint): Qatar Airways

Astelia Syrah, 2017, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Judges said: Delightful oak and gentle tannins; fresh, juicy.

Score: 95

Bronze: Singapore Airlines

Catena Paraje Altamira Malbec 2016, Mendoza, Argentina

Judges said: Attractive raspberry nose. Soft with sweet oak and a long palate.

Score: 93

BEST FIRST CLASS WHITE

Gold: Qantas

Shaw and Smith Lenswood Vineyard Chardonnay 2017, Adelaide Hills, Australia

Judges said: Modern, rich, ripe and toasty. Very good.

Score: 98

Silver: Cathay Pacific

Nik Weis St Urbans-Hof Saarfeilser GG 2016, Mosel, Germany

Judges said: Delicious and fragrant; a lean, fresh palate.

Score: 97

Bronze: Malaysia Airlines

Palliser Estate Chardonnay 2016, Martinborough, New Zealand

Judges said: Wonderful modern, oaky, elegant chardonnay.

Score: 96

Highly Commended (joint): Cathay Dragon

Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Marlborough, New Zealand

Judges said: Classy, fresh and balanced with crisp acidity.

Highly Commended (joint): Singapore Airlines

By Farr Chardonnay 2018, Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Judges said: Lovely depth and texture while still gentle and delicate.

Score: 95

BEST BUSINESS CLASS WHITE

Gold: ANA

Stella Bella Skuttlebutt Sauvignon Semillon 2018, Forest Grove, Margaret River, Australia

Judges said: Delightfully fresh with grassy aromas. Wonderfully aromatic with a hint of oak.

Score: 97

Silver: Air New Zealand

Kumeu River Maté’s Vineyard 2016, Kumeu, Auckland, New Zealand

Judges said: Modern and smart with hints of citrus and toast. A lovely crisp, fresh palate.

Score: 96

Bronze: Virgin Atlantic

Van Volxem Saar Riesling 2016, Mosel, Germany

Judges said: Modern and complex with a nice fragrant and appley intense nose.

Score: 95

BEST FIRST CLASS ROSÉ

Gold: American Airlines

Château Gassier Le Pas du Moine Côtes de Provence Rosé 2018, Sainte-Victoire, France

Judges said: Lean and fresh with a bright, tangy palate.

Score: 95

Silver: Korean Air

Château d’Esclans Les Clans Rosé 2017, Côtes de Provence, France

Judges said: Refined and complex but well balanced.

Score: 94

Bronze: Etihad Airways

Château Les Valentines Rosé 2018, Côtes de Provence, France

Judges said: Had some great character as well as freshness and balance.

Score: 93

BEST BUSINESS CLASS ROSÉ

Gold: Air New Zealand

Two Rivers Isle of Beauty Rosé 2018, Southern Valleys, Marlborough, New Zealand

Judges said: Fresh, crisp, delivering a zesty palate with a clean, dry finish.

Score: 90

Silver (joint): ANA

Château La Castille Rosé 2018, Côtes de Provence, France

Judges said: Clean and fresh with a touch of pear drop.

Silver (joint): Emirates, Korean Air

Whispering Angel Rosé 2018, Côtes de Provence, France

Judges said: Crisp with red-berry fruits and good acidity.

Score: 89

Bronze (joint): Air Tahiti Nui

Perle de Roseline Rosé 2018, Côtes de Provence, France

Judges said: Clean, fresh and attractive with bright berry tones.

Bronze (joint): Jetstar

De Bortoli Rosé, 2019, King Valley, Victoria, Australia

Judges said: Peachy and crisp; a light-bodied palate.

Score: 88

BEST FIRST CLASS SPARKLING

Gold: Cathay Dragon

Champagne Rare Millesimé 2002, Piper-Heidsieck, France

Judges said: Restrained, with toasty intensity. Absolutely fab.

Score: 98

Silver: Singapore Airlines

Champagne Krug 2004, France

Judges said: Really impressive. Gentle and toasty. Very drinkable.

Score: 97

Bronze: Emirates

Champagne Dom Pérignon 2002 Plénitude 2, France

Judges said: Rich and creamy, with real depth on the nose.

Score: 96

BEST BUSINESS CLASS SPARKLING

Gold: Malaysia Airlines

Champagne Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2007, France

Judges said: Lovely – complex and serious with an interesting long palate.

Score: 98

Silver: Air Tahiti Nui

Champagne Charles Heidsieck Rosé Réserve, France

Judges said: Complex and very complete. Rich and long with lots of depth.

Score: 97

Bronze: EVA Air

Champagne Castelnau Millésimé 2006, France

Judges said: Complex, with a hint of honey and lemon curd. Good acidity. Really classy.

Score: 96

Highly Commended (joint): Aircalin

Champagne Pol Roger Réserve, France

Judges said: Rich; serious. Really good for business class.

Highly Commended (joint): Korean Air

Champagne Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut, France

Judges said: Fresh, bright, vigorous and youthful.

Score: 95

BEST FIRST CLASS FORTIFIED/DESSERT

Gold: Emirates

Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2013, South Africa

Judges said: Deep and sweetly intense. Wonderfully long and incredibly good.

Score: 98

Silver: Qantas

Morris of Rutherglen Old Premium Rare Liqueur Muscat, Rutherglen, Australia

Judges said: Classy and outstanding.

Score: 97

Bronze: Cathay Dragon

Lions de Suduiraut 2015, Sauternes, Bordeaux, France

Judges said: Rich, honeyed with a lovely lift. Very classy.

Score: 96

BEST BUSINESS CLASS FORTIFIED/DESSERT

Gold: Emirates

Dow’s Colheita Port 1992, Douro Valley, Portugal

Judges said: Appealing layered nose with nutty and dried fruit aromas. Gentle and easy in the air.

Score: 96

Silver: Cathay Dragon

Château Filhot 2014, Sauternes, Bordeaux, France

Judges said: Intense, ripe fruit; layers of spice and botrytis.

Score: 95

Bronze: Oman Air

Château Suau 2016, Sauternes, Bordeaux, France

Judges said: Good Sauternes, creamy, honeyed and sweet.

Score: 94

BEST FIRST CLASS CELLAR

Gold – Qantas

Silver – Cathay Pacific

Bronze – ANA, Singapore Airlines

BEST-PRESENTED FIRST CLASS WINE LIST 

Gold – Singapore Airlines

BEST BUSINESS CLASS CELLAR

Gold – Malaysia Airlines

Silver – Qatar Airways, Air New Zealand

Bronze – Aer Lingus

BEST-PRESENTED BUSINESS CLASS WINE LIST

Gold – Singapore Airlines

OVERALL

BEST OVERALL CELLAR

Gold – Malaysia Airlines

Silver – ANA

Bronze – Cathay Pacific

BEST AIRLINE ALLIANCE

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