Emirates’ has just introduced a very exclusive list of wines and champagnes on board. Meant only for the first class passengers, the list includes prestigious wines such as the 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
This month, Emirates is bringing back one of the world’s most revered dessert wines, the 2005 Chateau d’Yquem from Bordeaux. Available on routes to South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand, this is 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). Influential critic Robert Parker’s 100 point wine rating scale rated it at number 97.
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.
Emirates will be the only airline in the world to serve the Dom Pérignon Rosé 2005 for the next three months. The luxury cuvée will be available on European routes as well as on flights to USA and Canada. Made from Pinot Noir grapes grown in prestigious sites in Hautvillers, Äy and Bouzy, it is fermented as a great red burgundy, before being blended with exquisite blanc Champagne from Premier and Grand Cru vineyards. This 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. It will be paired with specially created canapés in First Class.
1963 Graham’s Colheita Port
Emirates will also be serving the 1963 Graham’s Colheita Port exclusively, as it will not be sold or available elsewhere. From the Douro Valley in Northern Portugal, this vintage will be available across the fleet until October this year.
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. At the heart of the blend is the legendary Quinta dos Malvedos vineyard, bought by the Graham’s family in 1890 and perhaps the most coveted vineyard in the Douro valley.
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.
Emirates is adding the Dom Pérignon 2009 Vintage to its wine lists on medium and long haul flights from October.
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, both hot and cold, with vegetarian options. These include smoked Scottish salmon with chives and avocado cream and grilled venison with cranberries and smoked salt.