Wine lovers already know that the best bottles in the world are not only in the famed cellars of Bordeaux, but are also to be found 35,000 feet in the air.
Emirates Airlines purchases rare wines en primeur – before their release – from famous chateaux such as Chateau Lafite, Chateau Margaux, Chateau Latour and Chateau Haut-Bion, as well as Chateau Haut Mouton-Rothschild – leaving them to store in their exclusive cellars.
Currently, the airline has over seven million bottles ageing in Burgandy alone – some of these vintages will only be ready for consumption come 2035.
The short hop from Phnom Penh to Bangkok on Emirates Airlines is in itself an experience to behold.
The cabin crew greets first class passengers with a complimentary flute of Champagne by Dom Perignon.
Meanwhile, the award-winning airline takes painstaking efforts to pair their fine wines from renowned producers with the best meals in the skies, with the same level of attention paid to passengers from first class to economy.
That is why it won “Best Airline in the World” at the prestigious 2019 Ultimate Luxury Travel Related Awards last month.
The Dubai-based airline serves some 110 million meals each year, with its dedicated culinary experts continually updating menus to reflect the city of departure and arrival.
Beyond crafting seasonal menus to heighten the gastronomic experience, Emirates Airlines also treats guests to meals designed around regional celebrations such as Lunar New Year and Oktoberfest.
Its sommeliers spend years honing their craft to ensure that the wines reflect the menu and perfectly complement the in-flight experience.
The world-class wine experts travel the world to source New World labels from Australia, New Zealand and California, as well as other notable regions to ensure guests are provided with plentiful options to accompany the dishes served.
For a unique experience, passengers can request a cake and champagne package, being treated to luscious vanilla or rich chocolate with a bottle of Moet et Chandon Brut Imperial for $43, or Moet et Chandon Rose for $45.
Emirates Airlines has also invested more than $10 million in its refreshed spirits menu to bring celebrated labels such as Hennessy Paradis Imperial on board for select routes.
These options enhance the already impressive cocktail menu, bringing the best Negronis, Mojitos, Originals and Bloody Marys anywhere.
At a small gathering at a top-tier hotel in the capital early this month, members of the media were invited to taste the luxury usually reserved for Emirates Airlines’ patrons to enjoy.
Emirates offers daily flights between Phnom Penh and Bangkok, while long-haul passengers flying to more than 150 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas connect via their main hub in Dubai.
The guests with the foresight to visit the airlines’ website prior to boarding are able to view the menu and wine options guaranteed to meet their lofty expectations.