Emirates Ups Their First Class Champagne Selection Even Further

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Emirates already has among the most expensive alcohol selections of any airline, at least in first class. They pour Dom Perignon champagne (the vintages have varied over the years), and also serve the most expensive drink in the sky — Hennessy Paradis. A bottle of that retails for almost $800.


While the Gulf carriers are cutting costs, it doesn’t seem like their alcohol selection is part of that. Emirates, for example, has invested $500 million in their long term wine program.

Well, in case the 2003, 2005, and 2006 vintages of Dom Perignon that Emirates was previously serving weren’t good enough, they’re upping their game for a limited time. Emirates will be serving Dom Perignon 1998 for a limited time on select flights. Per the announcement on Emirates’ website:

Taste the exquisite Dom Pérignon Plénitude Deuxième 1998

This champagne is celebrated for its evolution

For a limited time on select flights, First Class customers can now enjoy Dom Pérignon Plénitude Deuxième 1998 thanks to our long partnership with Dom Pérignon. It joins the 2006 vintage on board.

The second Plénitude spends 16 years maturing in the cellar. The extra aging creates a radiant and complex bouquet: crushed blackberry, glazed apricot and grilled almonds are underscored by hints of honeycomb and exotic spice.

Our world-class chefs have worked with the Chef De Cuisine at Dom Pérignon, Pascal Tingaud, to develop a mouth-watering selection of canapés to enjoy with each glass.


I’ve never had 1998 Dom Perignon, so can’t chime in on whether or not it’s actually better. However, it’s certainly a lot more expensive (at retail it’s about twice as much as the newer vintages of Dom), so it does represent quite an investment, even if they’re getting it on the cheap.

Emirates posts their wine lists online by route, so if you have an upcoming flight in first class, enter your flight number or route on this page, and you can see if the 1998 Dom will be served.

If you’ve flown Emirates first class recently, were you served 1998 Dom Perignon? Or if you’ve had it on the ground (God forbid!), was it any better than the newer vintages?

(Tip of the hat to Points From The Pacific)

  1. Yes, you can tell the difference between the regular 1998 and the P2 – the later is richer and at this stage also a fresher wine. Rumor has it that they will eventually release a P3 and may keep enough around for a P4.

  2. Wow! their flavor pallet for the 98′ Plénitude Deuxième is all over the map. Regarding the apricot, I would describe it as not so much glazed, but having been harvested from a tree grown on a western slope. A subtle difference, but an important one none the less. I can fully support the grilled almonds being there, but I can’t decide if they were grilled on cast iron or stainless steel; briquets or lump charcoal? I must say, this delightful nectar continues to amuse me with it’s playful nature not unlike the stellar NV Duc de Paris!

  3. I had it already two months ago, going between Vienna and Dubai. It is much fruitier, the color is more warm – but Krug definitely remains my first choice.

  4. The Dom 2005 and 2006 are good champagnes but, in my opnion, overrated. However, I had the pleasure of tasting the 1998 P2 on a flight from DXB to AMS a few weeks ago and it was DIVINE! I’d rate it in the top 3 champagnes I’ve ever tasted. And I’ve driven all over the champagne region and sampled some seriously good stuff.

    If you are looking to taste this on EK make sure you’re on a day time flight. On late night / overnight flights they only serve the Dom 2006.

  5. Haha to Andy’s post!!! That had me laughing. I call B.S. on all of you people who think you can tell the differences between these wines on a plane. Unless you do it all as a blind taste test, I won’t believe you. You are just falling for the marketing.

  6. I wouldn’t be able to tell Dom Perignon from Boone’s Farm apple wine. Oh..wait. One has bubbles, right?

  7. They’re making a big statement with their wine investment – over 1.2 million bottles maturing in their French cellars and using over 10 million bottles of wine per year. Over half is Bordeaux.

    Never had 98 P2 on or off a plane. It’s only useful (and fair) to compare these vertically against other P2 vintages. I hear P3s are coming…..

  8. P2 is an exceptional wine, and is leaps and bounds ahead of a new release Vintage of DP, in this case the 2006.

    If this was on board I’d be all over this, that said it should be a crime to serve this to people who don’t care enough about it to appreciate just how special it is.

    To the poster above who said P3 etc is rumoured, there are already bottles of P3 from certain vintages on the market. 1983 is the most recent.

  9. awesome cant wait to try it. from the comments above it seems in general Dom 98 P2 will only be served on medium-haul flights say to (decent or primo revenue) markets like EU? … I tried searching some random flights to the US next month & none showed up w the P2 offering. the time the flight took-off didnt matter in this case since these (super) long-haul flights would have an overnight aspect regardless. (I kept what someone said above in mind re: P2 prolly wont be served on late night / overnight flights)

    does anyone have any insights on what US routes this might be served on if at all? … also any possibilities of this being served on Asian routes?

  10. Yes, it’s been on several European and Japanese flights for a couple of months. Not always on the online wine list. Exquisite champagne; I can take or leave standard Dom but the earthiness makes the P2 a real treat that holds up well in the air.

  11. I had some back in August from DXB-MRU. I was one of only 2 F pax and the FA insisted I try both the 06 and the 98 and tell her which is better.

  12. Have had the ’98 P2 on the ground. (Never flown EK J of F.) I enjoyed it, but prefer Krug, even NV. To me, Krug tastes like toasted hazelnuts and butterscotch, whereas the P2 was overwhelmingly saline, briny, and oceanic. I suppose what one prefers is a matter of taste.

  13. It looks like they saved so much money by cancelling the free birthday cakes in J that they can now afford $800 bottles of Champagne in F. Those must have been really good cakes 😉

  14. It’s not the quality of what you drink, rather the cost to Emirates that’s important. Consider it a political statement if you’re Jewish or Israeli by insisting on consuming 5 bottles of the $800 Cognac in each direction just to make it painful on their pocketbook (as well as your head). Hair of the dog when you wake up an hour before landing.

    That’ll teach them to not recognize Israel !

  15. I think the Dom Perignon P2 1998 is the replacement to their limited offer Dom Perignon Rose 2003/2004 paired with their canapes. I wont be surprised if they will soon offer P2 1995 Rose with newer canapes. Yes the latest P3 vintage is 1983, but I doubt they will offer it since it’s too old and it’s not the norm for airlines to serve old vintages. The oldest P3 I saw was from 1966. And the other reason why they’re serving P2 1998 has something to do with the marketing of P2. I disagree that 2005 and 2006 are overrated. Check out the facebook and instagram page of Dom Perignon, they’re really marketing their P2 extensively.

    I really wish I’m still working with my airline. My boss was a former Galley Planner head from Emirates Catering before, and I could have been proud of him about this, and wish the same could be an inspiration or lesson to our airline.

  16. I had the P2 98 on KIX-DXB and DXB-DUS in October. It was absolutely lovely. I did a side-by-side tasting with the 2006 and handed that back to the FA… !

  17. “Well, in case the 2003, 2005, and 2006 vintages of Dom Perignon that Emirates was previously serving weren’t good enough, they’re upping their game for a limited time. Emirates will be serving Dom Perignon 1998 for a limited time on select flights.”

    Respectfully, this isn’t the same champagne of an older vintage. This is actually a different product; “First Class customers can now enjoy Dom Pérignon Plénitude Deuxième 1998”. It’s aged 16 years in the cellar, so it’s only been released a relatively short time ago (2014). This, per your notes above.

    So it’s not just an older vintage of same-o, same-o (not that DP is that). This may be of interest as a better explainer:


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