Emirates is launching a new selection of premium wines on their international flights this month. Last year, the airline’s investment in wine and champagne totaled over AED 186 million. Let’s explore the new Emirates wine list.
As part of their ongoing commitment to enhancing the onboard experience, Emirates owns the largest wine cellar among all airlines. Located in France, this state-of-the-art facility stores approximately 6 million bottles of fine wine, including some vintages that will first be enjoyed by passengers in 2037.
New fine wines onboard Emirates
Emirates has exciting plans in store for its passengers. The airline will introduce a delightful selection of exquisite white Burgundy wines in the next few months. This collection will include prestigious Premier and Grand Crus wines such as the renowned Montrachet 2011, Chevalier Montrachet 2013, and Corton Charlemagne 2014. Additionally, Emirates will offer exceptional red Burgundy wines, specifically Grand Crus like Échezeaux, Clos Vougeot, and Chambertin.
Emirates also plans to introduce a range of exquisite First Growth wines from Bordeaux in the coming years. These wines will come from renowned estates, including Château Mouton, Château Margaux, Château Haut-Brion, Château Cheval Blanc, and Château d’Yquem. “First Growth” refers to the highest level of the Bordeaux Classification 1855. This classification system graded châteaux based on their quality, price, and reputation, as requested by Emperor Napoleon III.
Emirates already offers an impressive selection of 36 varieties of French wines, and Champagnes onboard its aircraft. So passengers can indulge in an exceptional inflight wine experience.
Emirates’ prestigious criteria for wine selection
Emirates has a meticulous process for selecting wines, considering various factors such as fruit content, acidity, tannin levels, and the influence of oak. They also prioritize the wine’s maturity, which affects its tannin levels. With a cellar that includes wines from 2003, Emirates ensures that the chosen wines are crafted for aging and can be enjoyed after significant maturation. For business-class, Bordeaux wines undergo a minimum aging period of 8-10 years, while first-class wines are aged for a minimum of 12-15 years. These aging processes are carried out in professional facilities in France. To guarantee that customers experience wines at their best, Emirates strategically positions them worldwide, ensuring they are ready to be served onboard. This commitment to excellence reflects Emirates’ dedication to providing customers with the best possible experience.
World-class wines for every cabin class
Emirates Four Cabins: A World of Wine Selections
The airline takes great pride in curating a diverse and exceptional wine selection for its four cabins. With a commitment to providing a memorable inflight experience, Emirates updates its wine offerings every two weeks to ensure frequent flyers can always enjoy a variety of flavors.
Economy Class: Uncompromising Quality
In Economy Class, Emirates treats its passengers to a choice between a red and a white wine, both of exceptional quality. Recent additions to their impressive lineup include the renowned ‘AOP Biodynamic’ wines from esteemed winemakers such as M. Chapoutier and Domaines Baron de Rothschild. There’s also the delight of a South African Sauvignon Blanc from the sustainability champion Gabb family and the rich and captivating Antinori Santa Cristina red wine. These wines, crafted carefully, adhere to the European Union’s rigorous AOP standard, emphasizing the wines’ geographical origin and specific production methods. Furthermore, the biodynamic winemaking approach utilized by Emirates ensures holistic and sustainable farming practices, resulting in wines that vividly express their unique terroir.
Premium Economy: Sparkling Delights
For passengers in Premium Economy, Emirates takes the experience up a notch by serving sparkling vintage wine, premium reds, and remarkable whites. Savor the likes of Château Lagarde 2011, Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, and the exclusive Domaine Chandon 2016 sparkling wine, available only in the skies with Emirates Premium Economy.
Business and First Class: A Regional Journey of Flavors
Emirates pampers Business and First Class travelers with an exquisite wine selection tailored to six regions: the UK and USA, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Australasia, and Asia. This thoughtful approach allows Emirates to offer wines that perfectly cater to the tastes of passengers from these regions. Passengers can sample outstanding wines representing the regions they will visit. Additionally, Emirates provides premium Port wines, including vintage Tawny Ports like the distinguished 1979 Grahams and the exquisite 1981 Dows.
Emirates’ Commitment to Excellence
Emirates’ dedication to delivering an unparalleled inflight experience extends beyond its exceptional wine program. Since 2006, Emirates has invested over USD 1 billion into its wine offerings, a testament to its commitment to quality. In 2022, the airline invested USD 2 billion to enhance the inflight customer experience. This includes retrofitting over 120 aircraft with cutting-edge interiors. The airline has also introduced new and delectable fine dining menus, crafting sumptuous vegan dishes. Emirates offers a specialized Movie Snacks menu and unlimited caviar in First Class. Additionally, Emirates has implemented a rigorous hospitality training program for cabin crew. This allows crew to create extraordinary moments for the airline’s valued customers.
Indulge in a world of exceptional wines and an unmatched inflight experience with Emirates.
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