Paolo Basso, voted the world’s best sommelier in 2013, has been chosen by Air France to select its new range of wines and spirits. The airline is fond of a tipple, and even offers its economy customers a glass of champagne as an aperitif, followed by a selection of fine wines with their meal.
In business class, Basso has chosen a selection of new wines, as well as paying homage to classic vintages, including one of his personal favorites, Médoc Château Rollan 2009.
La Première (first class) guests can enjoy vintages from France’s most famous wine regions, such as Burgundy and the Rhone Valley, as well as exclusive Champagnes such as Champagne Krug Grande Cuvée.
Basso says he has been careful to choose wines which are well suited to air travel, as factors such as cabin pressure and air conditioning can alter the way the wine tastes to the drinker.
The wine list will change every two months so that frequent flyers in every cabin class will have something new to choose from.