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Emirates First Class

Tasted February 11, 2023 - February 18, 2023 by lightning with 97 views


A bucket list item ticked off, flying First on Emirates and sampling their famous wine list.

The signature caviar service was impeccable, as was the attentive service.

The only downside to the wine list on my flight was a lack of Burgundy (neither red or white), and a few too many Business Class wines that were a bit low rent. Unfortunately did not try to 40yo Sandeman's Tawny Port.

Flight 1 (5 notes)

White - Sparkling
2012 Dom Pérignon Champagne France, Champagne
95 points
Very floral nose, violets and white flowers, along with brioche. Energetic and fine mousse, elegant toasty brioche notes segue into a fine lemon and lime acid spine with great persistence, that violet note re-emerges on the finish. Outstanding.
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2013 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Blanc De L'Orée France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
92 points
Peach, nectarine and nuts. Intense apricot pits, stony, extremely long, medium in texture and palate weight. Lasts forever, just keeps going on and on. Slightly one-noted, if nit-picking.
2005 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
94 points
Cedar, graphite and pencil shavings.
Medium bodied, graphite, blackcurrant, cedar and violets, excellent line and length and balance, noble al dente tannins that build on the finish. Persistent, refreshing, encourages another sip. Tasted several bottles over the course of a week with similar results.
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2006 Penfolds Shiraz RWT Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley
88 points
Pronounced oak, dark plums and mulberry, slightly spirity nose.

Full-bodied, richly fruited plum, fruit cake and dark chocolates, cloves and earth. Slightly gritty and bitter tannin profile and dried coconut /burnt wood finish. Very Penfolds in style, similar to a Bin 28.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
2005 Château d'Yquem France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
94 points
Ripe grapes. Stones, dried apricot, unctuous, good length and line, moderate acid. Tried several bottles over a week, with similar results.


The 2012 Dom was a winner, a lovely wine to toast the start of the flight and to go with the caviar. 2005 Pichon Lalande and 2005 Yquem wonderful wines, as you'd expect. A wonderful experience.

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