The cut, for an erotic and vintage snobbery
When we thought she was definitely locked in Granny’s buffet, the champagne glass has recently been talked about again by inviting himself to some trendy bars and other trendy restaurants. It has also been brought back to the taste of the genre with the return of art deco and the spirit of "antiques". It has also become much more trendy than the champagne flute in recent years.
Its retro look is certainly not for nothing, unless it is legend that the first cup was molded on the breast of the Marquise de Pompadour, or on that of Queen Marie-Antoinette. If the legend is not entirely true, it caused a lot of ink to flow and was at the origin of a champagne glass made in 2014 on a molding of the breast of… Kate Moss!
Only problem: the cut offers too much contact with the air and lets the bubbles and the aroma escape too quickly. The nose then struggles to grasp all the subtleties.
The flute, for the beauty of the gesture
And There you go the famous champagne flute who therefore enters the scene, finely perched on his long foot. Perfectly transparent, it offers the spectacle of effervescence, which intoxicates the eye and makes the eyes sparkle. It is also the type of glass that is used most regularly when the time comes to serve champagne.
This made its appearance in the 1930s, and it will gradually replace the cut.
At a cocktail party or a large reception, the flute stands elegantly between two fingers and with a little agility you can even sketch a few dance steps without spilling a drop. In order not to heat the champagne, you must hold the flute by its foot.
The shape of the champagne flute allows you to further concentrate the aromas and bubbles. The bubbles tend to agitate the fluid and thus release even more flavors when tasting.
No doubt, this long flute seems to be the champagne glass par excellence… Unless? Unless specialists criticize it for its narrowness, which would hinder the good tasting of a grand cru of champagne.
According to them, they should reserve the flutes with running champagne, but also leave them in the cupboard when serving a large champagne.
The tall tulip glass, essential for great champagnes
Neither cup nor flute, but then in what should we serve champagne? In a wine glass ? But yes !
Especially since it is worth pointing out that champagne is also a wine, certainly sparkling, which needs to release its aromas in a rounded glass, ideally tightened at the top. The perfect champagne glass is therefore a tulip glass or a very tall Burgundy glass, which combines the visual pleasure of the flute and the slight snobbery of the cup while meeting all the technical criteria to seduce the most discerning palate. Surprising, isn't it?
The role of the champagne bubble
You will understand, it is important to choose well in which glass you will taste your champagne. A glass that is too flared will tend to make the bubbles disappear. And yet these are necessary to appreciate all the aromas!
In order for all the aromas of champagne to emerge, the bubbles must rise longer. It makes the champagne work. The bubble indeed plays two essential roles:
- it removes carbon dioxide dissolved in champagne in large quantities
- it brings to the surface the aromatic molecules that come to wake up our taste buds.
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