The EK Wine Thread

Old Sep 17, 23, 10:29 am
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Originally Posted by flying_pig
Some stunning wines appeared recently:
- 2010 Imeneus, Fattorie Dei Dolfi on the MXP route. Extremely hard to find and a real treat (Le Clos have limited stock). I’d argue that it seems to be at its peak. What a wine. Definitely more than one bottle onboard (…don’t ask how I know).
- 2013 Hommage a Jacques Perrin, Chateau de Beaucastel on the London routes. Luscious, really outstanding.
had the hommage recently too - epic drop [manchester]
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Old Oct 2, 23, 9:49 pm
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SFO to DBX




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Old Oct 3, 23, 12:59 am
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Hello EK wine experts. I've enjoyed perusing this thread ahead of a couple of Emirates flights I have coming up, one in business class, the other in first. If possible it'd be good to get some recommendations on what I should try. I enjoy wine but don't really have the capacity to drink my way through the menu, so I'm looking to make the most of the experience of each flight and focus on what's particularly special (particularly if there are any real stand-outs) and what I should avoid (though I'm sure none of them are bad). For reference I'm not a big fan of Chardonnay (particularly the big and buttery or heavily oaked), so I'll likely avoid the Aussie Chardonnay. Like most Kiwis I'm partial to a good Sauv Blanc, but I grew up on Craggy Range so I'm likely to avoid that too. Reds I'm happy drinking anything, from a soft and delicate Pinot Noir through to a bold Shiraz/Syrah or Cab Sauv. Not a fan of overly sweet or fortified etc so I've left off the dessert wines and port. I'll have maybe one glass of Dom on the first class flight but don't like drinking too much fizz on flights.

These are the respective menus, thanks in advance!

Business class:

Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut

Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc Te Muna Road 2022

Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay 2021

Château Prieure Lichine 2011

Two Hands Lily's Garden Shiraz 2020


First class:

Dom Pérignon 2013

Château de Fieuzal blanc 2014

Domaine Gagey Le Clos Blanc Beaune Grèves 1er Cru Louis Jadot 2015

Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc Te Muna Road 2022

Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay 2021

Château Pape Clément Grand Cru Classé de Graves 2006

Château Prieure Lichine 2011

Howard Park Leston Shiraz 2016

Penfolds RWT Shiraz 2011

Two Hands Lily's Garden Shiraz 2020

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Old Oct 3, 23, 7:51 am
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In F, they should be happy to set up a wine flight for you!

But as you see some of the F wines are actually just the J wines as well.
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Old Oct 3, 23, 1:19 pm
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Originally Posted by r_tsunami
LAX to DXB yesterday was stocked with Opus 2011 which was a treat.
How was 2011? It was a tough (cold) year for Napa.
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Old Oct 3, 23, 8:54 pm
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Originally Posted by Metanoia
How was 2011? It was a tough (cold) year for Napa.
I had it last night on my SFO to DBX flight. I’m not the biggest or most knowledgeable about wines, but the bottle I had was great. My favorite out of of the two other I had: Smith Lafite or the Latour Burgundy. Not much acid, subdued, touch of oak, and Abit more fruit forward.
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Old Oct 3, 23, 9:00 pm
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Originally Posted by Metanoia
How was 2011? It was a tough (cold) year for Napa.
It’s alright. Nothing special and relatively weak as far as Opus One vintages go.
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Old Oct 3, 23, 9:03 pm
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Originally Posted by DomesticGoddess
Hello EK wine experts. I've enjoyed perusing this thread ahead of a couple of Emirates flights I have coming up, one in business class, the other in first. If possible it'd be good to get some recommendations on what I should try. I enjoy wine but don't really have the capacity to drink my way through the menu, so I'm looking to make the most of the experience of each flight and focus on what's particularly special (particularly if there are any real stand-outs) and what I should avoid (though I'm sure none of them are bad). For reference I'm not a big fan of Chardonnay (particularly the big and buttery or heavily oaked), so I'll likely avoid the Aussie Chardonnay. Like most Kiwis I'm partial to a good Sauv Blanc, but I grew up on Craggy Range so I'm likely to avoid that too. Reds I'm happy drinking anything, from a soft and delicate Pinot Noir through to a bold Shiraz/Syrah or Cab Sauv. Not a fan of overly sweet or fortified etc so I've left off the dessert wines and port. I'll have maybe one glass of Dom on the first class flight but don't like drinking too much fizz on flights.

These are the respective menus, thanks in advance!

Business class:

Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut

Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc Te Muna Road 2022

Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay 2021

Château Prieure Lichine 2011

Two Hands Lily's Garden Shiraz 2020


First class:

Dom Pérignon 2013

Château de Fieuzal blanc 2014

Domaine Gagey Le Clos Blanc Beaune Grèves 1er Cru Louis Jadot 2015

Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc Te Muna Road 2022

Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay 2021

Château Pape Clément Grand Cru Classé de Graves 2006

Château Prieure Lichine 2011

Howard Park Leston Shiraz 2016

Penfolds RWT Shiraz 2011

Two Hands Lily's Garden Shiraz 2020

On the F list, Dom, Pape Clement and Louis Jadot.
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Old Oct 10, 23, 11:15 pm
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Originally Posted by pjm1300
Ok, we are dealing with an absolute disaster in the wine department...

From what I can see and based on my recent flights in F... EK have officially ditched Chateau d'Yquem and replaced it with Château Suduiraut.

However I have seen one thing that I am very excited about and that is the addition of Château Smith Haut Lafitte blanc 2013 to the wine lists to Europe and America's routes which is amazing!

What is this about? anyone have any knowledge why they changed? i was so looking forward to having a bottle of it in feb
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Old Oct 11, 23, 7:53 am
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Originally Posted by Chief Champagne Officer
What is this about? anyone have any knowledge why they changed? i was so looking forward to having a bottle of it in feb
$$$$$
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Old Oct 20, 23, 2:31 am
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Exclamation Oxidized Undrinkble Wines

17 th October CDG-BKK

Emirates has a major problem with their white wines. 2 superb wines Boillot 2014 ( great vintage wines still vibrant) Meursault and 2012 Batard Montrachet Louis Latour ( easy 500$ bottle) were both dark brown and totally oxidized. This is not the first time I have had this issue but this is the worst I have seen. Staff puzzled and apologetic of course.

A similar bottle of Meursault in the FC lounge was barely drinkable but a vast improvement on the wine served on board..

Emirates are aging their whites too long for the trauma they must go through in the supply chain. Only drinkable white was a Greuner also served in J Class. What a waste of money for everyone.
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Old Oct 20, 23, 3:48 am
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Originally Posted by Oinos
Emirates are aging their whites too long for the trauma they must go through in the supply chain.
I agree - I found at least 4 whites offered in F durring flights in June/July to be well over the hill - Bordeaux as well as Burgundy.
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Old Oct 20, 23, 7:45 am
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Originally Posted by Oinos
Emirates has a major problem with their white wines. 2 superb wines Boillot 2014 ( great vintage wines still vibrant) Meursault and 2012 Batard Montrachet Louis Latour ( easy 500$ bottle) were both dark brown and totally oxidized. This is not the first time I have had this issue but this is the worst I have seen. Staff puzzled and apologetic of course.

A similar bottle of Meursault in the FC lounge was barely drinkable but a vast improvement on the wine served on board..

Emirates are aging their whites too long for the trauma they must go through in the supply chain. Only drinkable white was a Greuner also served in J Class. What a waste of money for everyone.
Definitely a widespread issue at the moment on EK. I don't think ageing is the issue per se, but rather storage and supply chain - as you say. Those are all whites that can age superbly. I reported this four months ago (you can read my post from June 7, nr 694 in this thread, here). Unfortunately the situation has not improved and is not limited to specific bottles, but affects a very diverse range of whites served onboard. I still wonder if the issue is a big storage facility that experienced a major fault in climate control... It's a shame to see a sizeable portion of such good wines gone so bad.
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Old Nov 11, 23, 2:31 am
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Quality was good on my two recent F flights - YYZ-DXB had a nice Chevalier-Montrachet that I was drinking and then a Meursault 1er Cru from DXB-JNB.

Nothing exciting in the A Flounge

EDIT: I’m actually posting from the JNB flight and I did find an off bottle - Bichot Gevry-Chambertin at the bar was not right

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Old Nov 11, 23, 12:13 pm
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Originally Posted by United747
Quality was good on my two recent F flights - YYZ-DXB had a nice Chevalier-Montrachet that I was drinking and then a Meursault 1er Cru from DXB-JNB.

Nothing exciting in the A Flounge

EDIT: I’m actually posting from the JNB flight and I did find an off bottle - Bichot Gevry-Chambertin at the bar was not right
Hope you enjoyed the flights and South Africa.

Real pros check out the wine at the A, B and C lounge.
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