Why not drink champagne in a champagne glass?

- May 04, 2020-

For a long time, champagne and flute glasses have been the most common combination. The elegant flute shape of flute glasses is the spokesperson of champagne glasses for many people. However, more and more people have come up with different voices: for drinking champagne, flute glasses may not be the best choice.


Common champagne glasses


In general, the following three champagne glasses are the most common:


1. Dish-shaped champagne glasses | Champagne Coupes or Saucers


Dish-shaped champagne glasses are perhaps the most traditional, old-fashioned champagne glasses, which have been very popular as early as the early 20th century. Some people say that its cup shape comes from the left breast of Queen Mary of France, so this wine glass attracted many people's imagination at the time.


However, this too shallow cup shape is easy to dissipate the fruity aroma and bubbles quickly, and it is not easy to observe the beautiful bubble rising process compared to the two deeper wine glasses, so in addition to some retro molecules, this kind of Champagne glasses are no longer popular among ordinary champagne lovers.


2. Flute Champagne | Champagne Flutes


Flute-shaped champagne glasses are the most popular nowadays. Its elegant and slender body is very suitable for drinkers to appreciate the process of bubbles rising from the bottom of the cup, and the narrow mouth can also make the fruity fragrance and bubbles gather together.


3. Tulip champagne glasses | Champagne Tulips


The bottom of the tulip-shaped champagne glass has a long inverted triangle shape, the upper opening is larger than the flute glass, and it also has a larger belly, and the longer body is also suitable for enjoying bubbles.


Flute glasses are not suitable for champagne?


Since the 1980s, flutes have gradually become the most popular champagne glasses in the world. However, in addition to facilitating the appreciation of bubbles, the flute cup does not actually have many advantages. The ancient saucer-shaped cup is easy to increase the chance of palm contact with the cup body due to the large cup body, which will make the liquor warm up and affect the wine tasting experience. Shows the wrong posture of holding the cup. The slender flute cup does not have this trouble.


However, wine tasting still focuses on smelling and tasting in the final analysis, and the narrow mouth of the flute-shaped cup undoubtedly adds a lot of difficulties to smelling incense. In addition, the narrow mouth of the glass will also cause the area of the wine liquid to contact the air to be too small, it is difficult to sober up, and the potential of champagne is difficult to fully realize.


Many champagne professionals disagree with flute glasses. The CEO of Krug Champagne (Krug), who just held the 2004 Champagne Conference in Hong Kong this week, said publicly: "Using flute glasses to drink champagne is like wearing earplugs to a concert." A glass will reduce the champagne tasting experience.


Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon, the cellar director of the Louis Louis Champagne Factory, known for its crystal champagne (Cristal), does not recommend the use of flutes. He believes that champagne needs to be in full contact with the air to fully realize its potential.


Substitution: Baijiu?


Many people will discover when visiting champagne wineries, some wineries will use white wine glasses or burgundy glasses to let guests taste their champagne. The white wine glass is also the champagne glass recommended by many experts. It is simple and straightforward, and can save the cost of buying a separate champagne glass.


At the same time, some major champagne manufacturers are still developing their own champagne-style wine glasses, such as the customized version of the Cook champagne champagne glasses. In addition, the professional wine glass brand Lehmann also designed a unique champagne glass, widening the belly of the tulip glass, while retaining the height of the flute glass, the overall looks a bit like a hot air balloon.


The ideal champagne glass should not only allow the bubbles in the glass to move vertically, but also allow the air to fully contact with the liquor. Before the perfect champagne glass is actually available, a Burgundy white wine glass may be our best choice.