Emirates has launched the Emirates Vintage Collection, a selection of fine wines which have been stored for up to fifteen years in Emirates’ cellar in Burgundy.
The exclusive four wines that will be staggered throughout the year on various routes in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australasia in Emirates’ First Class, are Château Cheval Blanc 2004, Château Haut Brion 2004, Château Mouton Rothschild 2001 and Château Margaux 1998.
Since 2006, the airline has been buying wines for long-term storage and has built direct relationships with some of the world’s most prestigious vineyards resulting in a rare wine selection that is difficult to source.
“It has taken a great deal of patience, investment and long-term planning,” Emirates Inflight Catering, senior vice president, Joost Heymeijer said.
“Our aim has always been to surprise and delight our customers and they are in for a treat with this selection.”
The Emirates Vintage Collection was launched on board a special flight to Paris with the Château Cheval Blanc 2004, and Arnaud de Laforcade, commercial director of the Estate, gave a surprise wine masterclass at 40,000 feet in the iconic Emirates A380 Onboard Lounge.
The airline’s culinary team, in collaboration with its in-house sommeliers, has created special dishes to compliment each wine from the Emirates Vintage Collection.
The selection is a testament to Emirates’ continued investment in Bordeaux wines, and last year alone, the airline purchased USD 56 million worth of wines and champagne in France.
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.