There are some moments in life where you’ve just got to pinch yourself to believe things are real. There are other moments in life where you need someone else to pinch you, to make sure you can still feel anything- after countless bottles of champagne. We’re not encouraging over drinking, but if you wind up on a plane serving any of these five stunning bottles- we wouldn’t hold it against you. Here are the five best champagnes served on planes, according to price…
Tasting Notes: A graceful, minerally version, featuring rich notes of smoke, mandarin orange peel and chalk that lead to subtle accents of crème de cassis, toasted almond, espresso and star anise on the fine, creamy mousse. Seamlessly knit, with citrusy acidity leaving a mouthwatering impression on the finish. Drink now through 2031. – Wine Spectator
Airlines: Emirates, Thai, Singapore.
Tasting Notes: This mouthwatering Champagne shows a lovely sense of finesse, with firm acidity deftly married to a rich profile of crème de cassis, toasted brioche and lime blossom, accented by hints of café au lait, singed orange peel and exotic spice. Long and plush on the finish. Disgorged 2014. Drink now through 2024. – Wine Spectator
Airlines: Singapore, ANA, Cathay Pacific, Qatar, Air France.
Tasting Notes: This has trademark richness, power and complexity with a layer of spiced grilled hazelnuts and brown-mushroom aromas set across lemon, grapefruit and dried-red fruits. The palate has a full, pastry-like texture showing bold flavors and an assertively fleshy cherry and peach core. The tannins are smooth and ripe, carrying the finish long. – James Suckling
Airlines: Qantas, Asiana.
Tasting Notes: This vibrant Champagne is tightly knit up front, with a dense core of smoky minerality and ripe dried apricot and white cherry flavors. Expands on the satiny palate, revealing accents of pastry cream, toast, singed orange peel and toasted coconut that echo on the persistent finish. Drink now through 2028. – Wine Spectator
Airlines: Select Emirates Flights.
Tasting Notes: Vibrancy and a sense of finesse to this rich and creamy Champagne, which is defined by racy acidity and a streak of chalky minerality. An expansive palate of glazed apricot, oyster shell, toasted almond and spun honey flavors, accented by hints of ground ginger, dried lemon peel and marzipan. The finish is racy and persistent. – Wine Spectator
Airlines: Select Japan Airlines (JAL) Flights.