Singapore Airlines is adding five Champagnes to its first class menu

Travellers can now pair their caviar with a delicious collection of limited-edition bubbles.

By Chris Ashton, June 7 2023
Singapore Airlines is adding five Champagnes to its first class menu

Private suites and cocooning seats are pillars of the first class experience – sanctuaries to relish and call your own from take-off to touchdown. Yet they’re not the only ingredients of an unforgettable flight: service and cuisine, as well as the premium bubbles poured, are just as vital.

With this in mind, Singapore Airlines has popped the cork on an effervescent program dubbed ‘A Celebration of Champagne’, adding a no less than five premium vintages to its signature first class drops of Krug Grand Cuvee and Taittinger Comtes de Champagne.

Over a 10-month period lasting until April 2024, one of each vintage will join the airline’s cellars in the sky on a rotating basis, with each fresh drop available for a two-month period.

SIA's Wine Panel has carefully selected the five Champagnes taking to the sky.
SIA's Wine Panel has carefully selected the five Champagnes taking to the sky.

First up and already being poured onboard is a Vilmart Grand Cellier d’Or 2018 ‘Grower Champagne’ with notes of black cherries, blood orange, Chinese aniseed.

Grower Champagnes, which are made and bottled by the same person who grows the grapes in a single vineyard - rather than their mass-produced counterparts combining grapes from multiple sources – have garnered a devoted following as more drinkers seek out artisanal drops.

The full selection available from June 2023 to March 2024 are:

  • 2018 Grand Cellier d’Or by Vilmart in June and July 2023
  • 2016 Cuvee Volupte, Blanc de Blancs Vintage by Champagne Geoffroy in August and September 2023
  • 2018, Multi-Vintage (MV) by Champagne Henri Giraud in October and November 2023
  • Blanc des Millenaires by Charles Heidsieck in December 2023 and January 2024
  • Extra Brut ‘VP’ Grand Cru by Champagne Egly-Ouriet in February and March 2024

Those hoping to try the limited-release Champagnes should ask for that vintage as soon as they step onboard, as Singapore Airlines generally sets aside 12 bottles – four of each label – for the first class cabin, so wait too late and you could miss out.

First class cuisine deserves a first class Champagne.
First class cuisine deserves a first class Champagne.

The celebration is a perfect excuse to also sample Singapore Airlines’ famous caviar service, with the delicious saltiness of the caviar beautifully enhanced by a dry Champagne.

More than 2.1 million bottles of wine and Champagne are popped onboard each year, including Krug and Taittinger for guests travelling in first class.

The legendary Dom Perignon previously formed a trifecta with the two, although it’s now an Emirates exclusive until at least 2024.

24 Jun 2020

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I have been offered the Krug on occasions but not sure which airline I was on but it wasn't to my personal taste but I do enjoy the Dom Perignon when on Emirates and have been fortunate to try the Dom Perignon Plenitude (P2) which was simply amazing from Dubai to London (I didn't want that flight to end).

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer P1

23 Aug 2014

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Tried the Vilmart on SQ 237 to Melbourne last week. It is a Premier Cru champagne and although notable, was significantly "second/third tier" compared to the Krug and Taittinger. Qantas has recently been replacing their usual Grand Marque champagnes with significantly cheaper brands as a cost cutting exercise and both Lufthansa and Swiss have added additional vintage champagnes to their primary offering. This is a growing trend and the advertised reasons for the "add ons" don't always reflect the true motive that accompanies them. Sometimes it is more about trying to match other carriers; with SQ it may be a band-aid for the now defunct Dom in its cabins.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

15 May 2019

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Yes, the Qantas champagnes are increasingly lacklustre (especially in first). I feel genuinely sorry for the poor flight attendants who are trained to present the bottle to you before they pour it. It's a rather sad exercise when they have show you something you could get for $8.99 at Vintage Cellars when you're on a $24K ticket to Europe. 

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