When tasting champagne, the choice of glass used is very important. Depending on the shape you choose, the experience is completely different. You will have to choose between pleasing to the eye, fragrant aroma and rich flavor. Here's how to choose your champagne flute from the many shapes available.
A flute or a champagne glass?
This question is still in dispute among lovers of good champagne. Until the mid-1970s, champagne was almost exclusively served in shallow flared glasses. But the champagne flute gradually took over, adding a touch of elegance with its narrow base and slender shape. Today, two glass shapes coexist, each with its advantages and disadvantages.
With its wide shape, the glass can be in direct contact with the champagne. If you are hosting a reception with many guests and then collect the cups, serving will be easier and faster. If you want to enjoy champagne in a cocktail, this format is also more suitable. However, you should know that the taste of a glass of champagne will disappear more quickly and your drink will get warm more quickly.
New champagne supply solutions
In order to solve the eternal conflict between the glass and the flute, winemakers have recently introduced a new type of glass for champagne tasting. Returning to the traditional back-to-back shapes, the current trend is to use elongated tulip-shaped glasses, similar to the INAO tasting glasses.
This shape perfectly combines the elegance of the delicate bubbles with the diffusion of the aromas and flavors of the champagne. Neither too wide nor too narrow, the tulip-shaped glass also allows for stirring before tasting the champagne. If this reduces the duration of the effervescence, then you will first be happy to enjoy the last bit of the toasted, citrus or bushy champagne aroma.
Therefore, this shape of glass is particularly suitable when you serve vintage champagne and want to enhance all the flavors.