easyJet's previous white wine, Louis Mondeville Cotes de Gascogne, was voted top last year in a blind taste test by a panel of international travellers and wine experts commissioned by Skyscanner – beating off competition from Air France, British Airways and Emirates. The new selection offers wines of the same excellent quality from the same producer Louis Mondeville.
Selecting a wine selection onboard comes with unique challenges because drinking conditions differ at 30,000ft – taste buds are dulled and the reduced amount of fresh oxygen in the pressurised cabin means wine doesn’t breathe in quite the same way as it would on the ground. Airlines have to take all of this into account when deciding which wines to offer customers onboard.
“We pride ourselves on selecting a fantastic range of new wines onboard. This spring's selection, which should offer something for all tastes, are all French from the experienced quality and award-winning wine producer Louis Mondeville.
"The white wine is a Sauvignon Blanc and the Red a Merlot - both from Languedoc/Roussillon in the south. These are complemented by a Rose Cotes De Gascogne which originates from Midi Pyrenees in the south west of the country. For those passengers for whom bubbles are more their style we have introduced an Italian Prosecco which adds a little indulgence to the range.”
The white wine is a 2011 Sauvignon Blanc from the Languedoc/Roussillon region of France. It is a lively aromatic Sauvignon, crisp and fresh with zingy acidity. The red wine is the 2011 Merlot which is made from grapes harvested at optimum ripeness making the wine delicious and fruity with a soft finish. The rose wine we have selected is the 2011 Gascogne Rose which is a clear, pale pink rose with raspberry highlights.
The wine onboard costs £4 or €5 for an 187m bottle or two bottles can be purchased for £7 or €8.50.