Riedel Vinum Montrachet/Chardonnay Glasses, Set of 2

  • $65.00
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Brand: Riedel

Color: Black


  • 2 21-1/8-ounce glasses ideal for sipping fine chardonnays
  • Large bowls opens a wine's full bouquet without over-concentration
  • Machine-blown of brilliant 24-percent lead crystal
  • Each stands 7-3/8 inches high
  • Made in Bavaria by world's premier wine glass maker

Details: Amazon.com Made in Austria by the world's most-renowned wineglass maker (Riedel Crystal, founded in 1756), the four large glasses in this set are ideal for serving Montrachet, Pouilly-Fuisse, and fine Chardonnays. The extra-large bowls hold 21-1/8 ounces, opening a wine's full bouquet without over-concentrating the aromas. From Riedel's Vinum series, the glasses are machine blown of brilliant 24 percent lead crystal and conform to Riedel's exacting standards: colorless, transparent, and thin-walled, with lips cut and polished so wine flows smoothly onto the tongue. The glasses are 7-3/8 inches high. Though glasses shaped and sized for different types of wine seem commonplace today, when Riedel introduced this idea in 1961, it was revolutionary. Since then Riedel has continued fine-tuning glasses to bring out the best characteristics in wines and spirits. Varying bowls' shapes and sizes affects the position of the head when sipping and where wine first contacts the tongue's various taste zones. Riedel crystal is used by fine restaurants all over the world and thus must stand up to frequent trips through a dishwasher. But because lead crystal has a soft, coarse surface to convey intense aromas, Riedel recommends the glasses be hand washed. --Fred Brack From the Manufacturer A Glass Is Not Just a Glass The Content Determines the Shape Riedel's belief when it comes to develop a shape is that design ideas are not born on a drawing board but shaped by trial and error with the help and support of the world’s greatest palates. A person interested in wine is led by color, bouquet, and taste. He often does not consider the glass--used as an instrument to convey the message of the wine. Over the years we have acquired some interesting scientific explanations as to why the shape of a glass so influences the bouquet and taste of alcoholic beverages. The first discovery was made while enjoying wine. The same wine seemed completely different, when served in a variety of glasses--so much so that experienced connoisseurs were made to believe that they were tasting a different wine. In the next step, Riedel was able to determine shapes in which the wine seemed to improve. The grape variety is the key factor determining the relationship between fruit, acidity, tannin, and alcohol in wine. We started to recognize the complicated role played by size and shape in conveying the message of a fine wine. The Influence of Size and Shape on Alcoholic Beverages Bouquet The quality and intensity of aromas are determined by the personality of a wine and the relative affinity of the glass shape. Bouquet can only develop in a range of temperatures. Low temperatures temper the intensity, whereas high temperatures push mainly alcoholic fumes. When describing the importance of the glass shape we assume that the right serving sizes (white wine: 2-3 ounces; red wine: 3-5 ounces) and temperatures are respected. When wine is poured out, it starts to evaporate and the aromas quickly fill the glass in layers according to their density and specific gravity. The lightest vapors are at the rim, the heaviest on the bottom. Consequently the size and the shape of the glass can be fine-tuned to the typical aromas of a grape variety: The lightest, most fragile aromas are those which resemble flower and fruit aromas. Slender, egg-shaped glasses emphasize this kind of aroma. The middle is filled with green vegetal aromas and earthy mineral components. The heaviest aromas are those of wood and alcohol. When swirling the glass, the wine moistens additional surface which increases the evaporation and intensity of the aromas. However, it does not allow layers of bouquet to blend together. It is for this reason that the different qualities of aroma noted in a variety of glasses are amazing. (The same wine may have fruit aromas in one glass and green and vegetal herbiness in another). To eliminate this effect, you would have to move the layers vertic

EAN: 0632868416978

Package Dimensions: 12.4 x 11.3 x 8.9 inches

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