JAL to serve Champagne Salon 1997 in First Class

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Thursday, 1 November 2007

JAL is to serve Champagne Salon onboard its flights. From December 15, 2007, JAL will serve in JAL First Class on Tokyo (Narita) London, New York, and Paris routes Champagne Salon 1997, the latest vintage of this unique champagne to be released by the House of Salon.

Created first in 1911, Champagne Salon is a product of the House of Salon, located in the village of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Cte des Blancs in Frances Champagne wine region. The winery was established in the late 19th century by its founder Eugne-Aim Salon. Champagne Salon is an all-chardonnay vintage considered by many to be one of the world's finest champagnes.

The champagne is only produced in years when the harvest is considered by the House of Salon to be of high enough quality. It is only released for consumption once it has reached full maturity, usually on average 10 years after the grapes were first harvested. In over a century of production only 35 vintages have been released for general consumption.

Only 60,000 bottles of Champagne Salon 1997 have been produced. This exceptional champagne will be served exclusively in JAL First Class, months in advance of the champagnes global distribution date planned for April 2008.

JAL chooses wine that not only complements its Western-style menu prepared under the guidance of the Association des Disciples d'Auguste Escoffier du Japon, but which also complements the delicate seasonally changing flavors of its Japanese menu. JAL serves Kyoto cuisine onboard, known as kaiseki ryori, the quintessential traditional Japanese food which can be enjoyed equally as well with champagne, as with a white, sweet red or sake.

Over 1,300 of JAL's cabin attendants have obtained a sommelier certification from the Japan Sommelier Association.

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