Different opinions on the ideal
cognac glass are as old as the drink itself. Even
today, cognac is mainly served in wide tulip-shaped
glasses - in spite of the disadvantages which this
traditional shape has for the enjoyment of
The differences in color, aroma
and taste are the features by which the quality of a
cognac is judged. The finely tuned shape of this glass
harmonises the aroma and the taste, tempering the
alcohol and the stringency of the palate and
emphasizing the bouquet. The flute-shaped glass allows
its contents a very small evaporation surface. You
will be surprised to detect no pungent fumes but
delicately balanced aromas reminiscent of a summer
Product description:The Cognac Hennessy glass is perfect for providing the ideal tasting experience of Cognac: fruit, body, finesse and fire. Each piece features Riedel trademark, hand polished thin rim. Cognac is mainly served in wide balloon-shaped glasses - in spite of the disadvantages which this shape has for the enjoyment of cognac. The finely tuned shape of this glass harmonizes aroma and taste, tempers alcohol and stringency of the palate, and emphasizes the bouquet. The thin tulip-shaped glass allows its contents a very small evaporation surface.
"It takes a great deal of efforts for a talented wine-maker to produce a good wine. These efforts can be ruined in no time if the wine is not served properly. The quality of the glass plays a crucial role here and Riedel produces the largest range of high quality glasses, specifically fine-tuned to fit the predominant wine varietals of the planet. Riedel makes it possible to fully appreciate all the nuances of aromas and tastes from the best wines of the world." -Michel Bettane
The Riedel glass designs are based on the exceptional characteristics of each grape variety, which in turn determines the shape, size and rim diameter of the bowl. The latest machine blown technology, in conjunction with the seamless pulled stem, offers a special design feature "architecture", which creates an indent in the bottom of the bowl, reflecting the light and adding another dimension to the lively color of wine.
Shop an extensive collection of the Riedel wine decanters, and a few of them that are exclusively made for Crystal Classics, not available in any other store.
"I prefer to decant wines, both young and old. It is a sign of respect for old wines and a sign of confidence in young wines. Decanting old wines, just a few moments before they are served, helps to ensure that the wines' clarity and brilliance are not obscured by any deposit that may have developed over time. Decanting young wines several hours before they are served gives the wine a chance to bloom and attain a stage of development that normally requires years of aging." - Georg Riedel