Does the shape of a glass change the way your celebratory Champagne tastes?

Does the shape of a glass change the way your celebratory Champagne tastes? - Keep Things Personal

Today when we celebrate a special occasion or a milestone, we usually pop the cork of something sparkling like a good Prosecco or a fine Champagne. But did you know that the shape of the glass you drink from can indeed impact on the taste?

The evolution of the Champagne glass is much more complex and historically significant than you’d think. First arriving in England with Chevalier de Saint-Évremond, in 1670, Champagne quickly became a firm favourite of Charles II. It was 4 years later that the invention of lead glass by renowned glassmaker George Ravenscroft changed the art of glassmaking forever. 

Lead glass allowed for innovative new techniques as glassmakers could manipulate the glass in a softer state for longer time periods, creating smoother finishes without air bubbles so characteristic of earlier English, Bohemian and Murano glassware. It also allowed cutting and etching techniques that would have shattered previous glassware. Glass could now be made thinner, stronger and perfect for drinking and its refraction created the sparkle that people often (incorrectly) refer to lead crystal.

Champagne consumption soon filtered down from the Royal Court to the upper classes, but as yet there was no glass specifically made for it; it was generally consumed from the same rough glasses as beer and cider. It was around 1830 when the Champagne glass arrived in England, despite its popularity throughout the Regency period. The coupe (a shallow, broad-rimmed, stemmed vessel) was the first official Champagne glass; the open bowl was favoured because it allowed the mousse (froth, then considered vulgar) to disperse.

The roaring 20s was the era of the Champagne coupe or (as we better know it) saucer, and apart from a period of Art Deco influence on decorative motifs (1925–1930), there was never a particular favoured style. It was most certainly an era of experimentation when it came to taste. In terms of shape, flutes tended to retain any mousse and not lose its bubbles quickly. The wider bowl allowed more aromas to escape from the wine’s surface, giving the drinker a greater appreciation of the Champagne’s complexity. The depth of the bowl where it joins the stem also affects the bubble retention. A deeper base creates one steady stream of bubbles, rather than the mass fizz created by rounder bases. In this case, the coupe is a wise choice as it helps to disperse the mousse and allows fruity aromas to reveal themselves quickly for instant enjoyment.

So next time you’re celebrating, choose your glassware carefully! And if you are planning a special gift for a happy couple, why not personalise the coupe glasses for added style and grace? 

Take a look at our Champagne Coup glasses here, a unique idea for personalised engagement gift.

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Clink, clink…cheers!

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