Cathay Pacific’s first class passengers are in for a treat with the airline set to begin serving French winery Chateau Montrose’s 2005 vintage from the Second Growth estate on select flights starting this month.
The latest addition to the Hong Kong carrier’s in-flight wine offering will be served on a rotational basis on flights between Hong Kong and London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris and San Francisco.
The 2005 vintage from Chateau Montrose is one of a number of new additions that Cathay Pacific has made to its first class wine list this year, which also included the addition back in April of Krug 2004, Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2006, Champagne Deutz – William Deutz Cuvee 2006 and Piper-Heidsieck Rare Millesime 2002.
Australian wine writer, educator and broadcaster Roy Moorfield, who is also a member of the airline’s wine panel, described the Chateau Montrose wine as “one of the stars of the 2005 vintage in Bordeaux” with strong dark fruit flavours and fine-grain tannins. It is also described as being a good pairing with most red meats, including game, as well as hearty poultry dishes and hard, flavourful cheeses.
Located north of Pauillac in St Estephe, the most northerly appellation in the Medoc subregion, Chateau Montrose traces its history back more than two centuries to its founding in 1778, and is one of only two St Estephe estates awarded Second Growth status in the 1855 official classification.