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Celebrating Riedel Sommeliers Glass Collection 40th Anniversary!
Champagne is the most northerly
wine-growing region of France. Its chalky soil and
unique climate both contribute to the naturally
effervescent white wines for which it is so
It was not until the 19th
century that the technique of secondary
fermentation in the bottle was finally
perfected. The traditional coupe glass was
actually developed for the particular style of
sweet, bubbly dessert champagne popular at this
period, obtained by adding an extra measure of
'dosage' (a mixture of wine and syrup), although
fluted glasses were also used to avoid spillage
when champagne was served at standing
receptions. It was only around 1930 that the now
familiar dry style of champagne became
Riedel recommends serving
dry champagne in flutes, since these best bring
out the fine aromas of the high-quality base
wines from which it is made. Many wine-lovers
unfortunately are quite unaware of this superb
bouquet, since champagne is all too often served
either in coupes or in glasses that are too
small (and thus filled to the brim) - neither of
which can convey any aromas at all.
This flute, filled with four
ounces of champagne, concentrates the unique,
yeasty bouquet of great champagnes, while
emphasising their creamy texture on the palate.
The bubbles are not allowed to dominate, but are
part of the overall pleasure.
Recommended for: Cava,
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