Emirates have launched a world-class wine programme, offering a range of exclusive wines and champagnes on board and in its lounges for the next few months. With a handpicked stellar wine list from some of the world’s most prestigious chateaux and vineyards, passengers can enjoy a glass of Chateau d’Yquem 2005, 1963 Graham’s Colheita Port, Dom Pérignon 2005 Rosé, Dom Pérignon 2009 Vintage and Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2008.
Chateau d’Yquem 2005
During September, Emirates is bringing back one of the world’s most revered dessert wines, the 2005 Chateau d’Yquem from Bordeaux. It will be served in First Class and exclusively available on routes to South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
A sweet white dessert wine from Sauternes in the Bordeaux region of France, the 2005 Chateau d’Yquem is a Premier Cru Supérieur (“Superior First Growth”). It gained a rating of 97 on influential critic Robert Parker’s 100 point wine rating scale, averaging as one of the highest scoring wines of all time.
Chateau d’Yquem 2005 has a deliciously pure feel, with juicy, inviting green plum, ginger, heather, creamed pineapple and ripe apple flavours all melded together and gliding through the lengthy finish, which echoes with lilting flowers and dried citrus notes.
Dom Pérignon 2005 Rosé
Dom Pérignon champagnes are a mainstay of the Emirates First Class Suites and Emirates will be serving exclusively Dom Pérignon Rosé 2005. It will be available for the next three months on first class European routes as well as on flights to USA and Canada, and will be paired with specially created canapés.
Dom Pérignon Rosé is made from Pinot Noir grapes grown in prestigious sites in Hautvillers, Äy and Bouzy and fermented as a great red burgundy, before being blended with exquisite blanc Champagne from Premier and Grand Cru vineyards. The vintage emits tropical aromas of guava and curry leaves and is complemented by cocoa and toasted spices. It has remarkable length in the mouth, with a touch of liquorice and a backdrop of juicy, bitter blood orange.
1963 Graham’s Colheita Port
Emirates will also be serving the 1963 Graham’s Colheita Port from the Douro Valley in Northern Portugal, exclusively, in First Class across the fleet until October 2017.
Colheita Ports are essentially aged Tawny ports from a single year. In this example the year in question is 1963, considered a monumental vintage for Port and acknowledged by many as the 20th Century’s finest. Crushed in traditional fashion by foot in stone ‘lagares’ (treading tanks), the grapes for this wine come from five vineyards.
The 1963 Colheita provides an intense complex nose of fig, walnut, coffee and a caramelised nutty edge, with hints of cigar box and toffee. The palate is beautifully balanced, full-bodied and sweet with a viscous, glycerol laden texture and further notes of dried date and raisin on a long and luxurious finish.
Dom Pérignon 2009 Vintage
The Dom Pérignon 2009 Vintage will feature on the First Class wine lists, available on medium and long haul flights from October. The 2009 vintage is the latest prestige cuvée to be served on board. Emirates previously served the 2005 and 2006 vintages.
The silky, fruit driven 2009 expresses the warmth of the vintage, bursting forth with white stone fruits, guava and grapefruit zest alongside fresh toast and vanilla. Ripe and fleshy, the palate possesses a restrained power, showing lemon brioche, hints of nectarine, impressive vitality and incredible persistence.
The Dom Pérignon 2009 Vintage will be paired with canapés with vegetarian options available, including smoked Scottish salmon with chives and avocado cream, grilled venison with cranberries and smoked salt, sweet potato tartlet with herbs, hummus with lamb baharat, bresaola with feta and cinnamon poached pear and parmesan and truffle arancino.
Lounges at Dubai International Airport
Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2008 in First Class Lounges in Dubai
Due to a long-term partnership, Emirates will exclusively have the Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2008 available for a limited time in all three First Class lounges in Dubai. The vintage has been aging in the cellars for seven years and has initial floral notes of linden, honeysuckle, and acacia with citrus nuances evocative of bergamot and mandarin orange zest along with a dash of anise and green tomato. It is followed by notes of just-ripe stone fruits – white peach, nectarine and Mirabelle plums. The bouquet is completed by gentle scents of pastry, brioche, frangipane, almonds and vanilla with a slight hint of white pepper.
Moët & Chandon canapé pairings
The Moët & Chandon Champagne lounge within the Business Class lounge at Concourse B Dubai International Airport will also feature specially developed canapés to be paired with four of Moët & Chandon’s finest champagnes. This includes Moët Impérial, Moët Rosé Impérial, Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage and Moët Nectar Impérial.
Each champagne will be paired with a unique selection of canapés, including Passion fruit crème caramel, Quinoa Salad with Bresaola and Parmesan Chips, Tomato marmalade, bococini cheese, spinach & rocket oil, Prawn cocktail, Scallop Tartare with , Citrus salad and Chicken Rillettes with Pineapple.
Head to emirates.com for more details.