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.
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.
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.