Singapore Airlines - News Releases (2011)
Singapore Airlines To Serve Sweet White Wine In Suites And First Class
Senior Vice President Product & Services, Mr Tan Pee Teck
“We are delighted to complement our current wine selection with the addition of this premium Sauternes, which will enhance our food and wine synergy on board. We hope our customers will take the opportunity to try this fascinating label when they next fly with us.”
The white wines of Sauternes originate from the French region of Bordeaux and are famed for their rich sweetness obtained by a meticulous harvesting in late autumn, of grapes that have attained a high concentration of sugar. The wine ferments to approximately 14 degrees of alcohol, leaving a large amount of unfermented residual sugar, which gives it its luscious sweetness.
“Château Filhot is a bright yellow-gold, with floral aromas that contain white summer fruits and a touch of citrus and honey. The honeyed flavours continue on the palate, which is fully sweet, richly smooth with natural acidity to give beautiful length and balance. Every sip is a revelation of pleasure,” said Mr. Steven Spurrier, a member of Singapore Airlines’ distinguished Wine Panel.
The sweet white wine is often enjoyed at the end of a meal or with dessert. Well-paired with chocolate (but not a chocolate dessert), cheeses, foie gras, rillette and other similarly rich starter dishes, the Château Filhot can also be savoured slowly at any time, as one would a cocktail.
Added Singapore Airlines’ Senior Vice-President Product and Services, Mr. Tan Pee Teck, “We are delighted to complement our current wine selection with the addition of this premium Sauternes, which will enhance our food and wine synergy on board. We hope our customers will take the opportunity to try this fascinating label when they next fly with us.”
Singapore Airlines’ Suites and First Class customers can also choose from an international selection of beer and liqueurs, as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails. This is in addition to the Airline’s exquisite list of Champagnes, including Dom Pérignon 2000 and Krug Grande Cuvée, acclaimed Grand Cru Red Burgundy wines and selection of top-quality pourings from France, Italy, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and the United States, as well as Port wine from Portugal.
Singapore Airlines’ wines in all classes of travel are selected by three world-renowned wine experts – Michael Hill-Smith, Australia's first Master of Wine; Jeannie Cho Lee, the first Asian Master of Wine; and Steven Spurrier, a leading authority and author on wine.
Name – 2009 Château Filhot, Sauternes
Country of Origin – France
Region – Sauternes in the Gironde Department Bordeaux region
Grape Varieties – 60% Semillon, 36% Sauvignon, 4% Muscadelle
Appellation and Classification – Deuxième Cru Classé 1855, Sauternes