Back in late October 2019, Singapore Airlines added the highly acclaimed 2007 vintage Tattinger Comtes de Champagne to its First Class and Suites line-up, initially rolling out the sought-after label on 10 routes across the network including Australia, New Zealand and Asia destinations.
In fact rather than adding this variety alongside stalwart options Dom Perignon and Krug, as was initially expected, the new Comtes Champagne displaced Krug on these routes between October 2019 and February 2020.
The time has come to share the love, and from 1st March 2020 a new range of the airline’s destinations will get to try out this expensive Champagne, which has proved popular among passengers lucky enough to experience these luxury cabins.
New routes for Comtes
Singapore Airlines confirmed to Mainly Miles yesterday the new list of nine routes, predominantly in Europe and the USA as we expected, which will see Comtes de Champagne served alongside Dom Perignon in the First Class and Suites cabins from March to July 2020.
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The route list shifts away from Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the Middle East, to encompass all Europe and US destinations featuring a First Class or Suites cabin in the new line-up.
Hong Kong and Tokyo (Narita) also make in onto the list this season, since both have Singapore Airlines flights continuing to the USA (SQ2 to San Francisco and SQ12 to Los Angeles respectively).
Don’t forget that SIA’s daily Paris flight picks up the new A380 Suites from 1st July 2020, as does a second of the airline’s four daily London flights during July and August 2020 (SQ306/305 in addition to the regular SQ322/317).
Which routes missed out?
As we expected, Brunei, Jakarta and Manila won’t see the Comtes Champagne offered. Brunei and Jakarta only feature one Champagne in First Class – the Dom Pérignon 2009 – with no second option offered (remember Comtes replaces Krug when it features on flights, it is not a third option).
Between Singapore and Manila, half-bottles of Krug are sometimes loaded in addition to Dom Pérignon (thanks to our regular First Class ‘spy’ on the MNL route – theflyingpuff on Instagram).
That means all First Class routes not covered in the first list, with the exception of these three, have been included in this second round.
About Tattinger Comtes de Champagne
Family-owned Tattinger only produces a Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs in the very best years, with 36 vintages released since its first cuvée in 1952. That 36th vintage is the 2007 label, first released in May 2018 and the one being served on board these selected Singapore Airlines routes in First Class.
Produced only with grapes from Grand Cru vineyards, Singapore Airlines’ wine panel expert Jeannie Cho Lee describes it as “a refined, elegant vintage champagne with an impressive minerally finish”, while onboard literature promises “a truly exceptional experience with every sip”.
Here’s how the Comtes de Champagne ranks on Vivino among the other varieties served in Singapore Airlines First Class:
- Dom Pérignon Brut Champagne 2009 – 4.5 stars
- Krug Brut Champagne 2004 – 4.6 stars
- Krug Brut Champagne N.V. – 4.6 stars
- Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2007 – 4.5 stars
First Class and Suites reviews
If you haven’t tried Singapore Airlines First Class, we have comprehensive reviews of the products offered on its new Airbus A380 (latest Suites Class) and on the Boeing 777-300ER.
Business Class Champagne
As we reported in November 2019, Singapore Airlines is moving towards serving only Laurent-Perrier Brut in Business Class on all flights, though as stocks of Charles Heidsieck are still being used up it is continuing to appear here and there, with reader reports of it being served on some services as recently as last week.
The Changi SilverKris Business lounges seem to have moved solely to Laurent-Perrier, while there’s no change to the excellent Piper-Heidsieck Rare Millesime 2002 in the SKL First lounges and the Dom Perignon 2009 poured in The Private Room.
While it’s not a personal favourite of ours (we’re big Krug fans), we know many of our readers love the well-rated Comtes 2007 and this new range of Europe and USA routes will hopefully allow many of you to try it over the next few months.
Beyond July 2020 it’s not clear whether SIA will continue to pour Comtes in First Class and Suites, but don’t worry if not – you can always pick up a bottle in Singapore for S$230.