Emirates has launched the Emirates Vintage Collection – a selection of fine wines from its cellar in Burgundy, which have been stored for up to 15 years.
The four wines to be included this year on the airline’s flights are the Château Cheval Blanc 2004, Château Haut Brion 2004, Château Mouton Rothschild 2001 and Château Margaux 1998.
Due to limited availability, these exclusive wines will be served in First Class on select routes for a limited period.
The Château Cheval Blanc 2004 is currently served on flights to the UK, Ireland, France, the Netherlands; the Château Margaux 1998 is served on flights to Australasia and select Asian routes; the Château Haut Brion 2004 is served on flights to the Americas and the UK from October; and the Château Mouton Rothschild 2001 is served on flights to Germany and Austria from June and on flights to France, the Netherlands and Geneva from November.
The Emirates Vintage Collection
Since 2006, Emirates has been buying wines for long term storage, many of which were purchased ‘en Primeur’ or when they were still in barrel.
“We went direct to the winemakers, handpicked these vintages and then cellared them for up to 15 years in Burgundy before we decided they were ready to be served… Our aim has always been to surprise and delight our customers and they are in for a treat with this selection,” said Joost Heymeijer, Senior Vice President, Inflight Catering, Emirates.
The Emirates Vintage Collection was launched on board last week on a special flight to Paris with the Château Cheval Blanc 2004. Arnaud de Laforcade, Commercial Director of the Estate, gave customers a surprise wine masterclass at 40,000 feet in the iconic Emirates A380 Onboard Lounge. The special tasting gave customers the chance to savour the Château Cheval Blanc 2004 and 2006.
Special dishes have also been created to be paired with each wine from the Emirates Vintage Collection. The airline’s culinary team worked with its in-house sommeliers to develop dishes that would best complement the wines and offer a fine dining experience on board.
The four wines will be staggered throughout the year on various routes in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australasia.
The selection is a testament to Emirates’ continued investment in Bordeaux wines – a staple on its wines lists. Last year alone, the airline purchased $56 million worth of wines and champagne in France. Since 2006, the airline has invested $780 million in wine from around the world to give its customers an unmatched culinary experience on board. Today, the airline has a world class offering of over 80 fine wines and champagnes served across its network daily.
Over the next few years, more wines will be added to the Emirates Vintage Collection once they have reached optimal maturity. The Emirates cellar currently holds 4.7 million bottles of wine – some of which will only be served in 2027.