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What type of glass is best for drinking champagne?

Mar 4, 2021 • 4 mins

Flute? coupe? blida? wine glass?... The subject has always generated a great deal of debate! Grappers has now ranked and rated them for you, and you may be surprised at the result...

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The tulip-shaped glass, your best option!

For most of professionals, tulip-shaped glasses are considered as the most suitable to taste champagne. Tulip-shaped glasses are halfway flutes, halfway wine glasses since they are both long but also round in the middle.
You should rather choose one that is long enough to let the bubbles evolve, et thus to enable aromas to bloom.

What’s about this eclectic glass? It’s trendy, current and aesthetic, you’ll make a deep impression with your guests! Especially if there are some enthusiasts among them…

The wine glass, a stone's throw from being number one)

Although experts rather prefer a tulip-shaped glass, a wine glass is yet one of the champagne taster’s blue-eyed boys. One can have its nose fully put in it thanks to its shape, which allows to fully grasp the champagne’s aromas. It is also a long glass, that enables the hand to be put far enough away not to warm up the champagne. 

And the icing on the cake? With a bit of luck, your guests will stick with the same glass for the champagne and the wine.

Our score: 9,5/10

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The blida, for its practicality

Particularly popular in the Champagne-Ardenne region, the blida is often used by wine producers. Resistant, easy to care for and less bulky, the blida is brought out whenever you have a large number of guests (weddings, christenings, birthdays). Small but high enough to allow the bubbles to rise, wide enough to allow the nose in, and narrow enough to preserve the aromas, the blida is the next best thing to the wine glass!

A bit of trivia: the blida was originally designed for tea drinking. Made in Reims, the blida was exported to the town of Blida in Algeria, and then was later adopted by the champagne producers.

Our score: 7/10

A quick introduction to EPC-Champagne: this is the young brand that is dusting off the ageing image of champagne and promoting the champagne terroir. EPC offers an innovative and contemporary drinking experience with complete transparency. If you would like to learn more, check out their website

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The flute, for raising your little pinky! 

Designed by the English, the flute was the first glass to be created for champagne drinking. Practical when it comes to admiring the rising bubbles, but not ideal when it comes to the tasting. It is too narrow to place your nose over properly to appreciate all the aromas. The longer a flute, the bigger the bubbles when they reach the surface and this affects the taste of the champagne

The advantage of the flute: its long stem, which keeps the hand away from the bowl and prevents the champagne from warming up.

Our score: 5/10

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The coupe or saucer glass, just like at grandma’s

We love the coupe for its vintage feel and for bringing back fond memories of meal times at grandma’s house. Unfortunately, the coupe is now out of fashion: its wide shape doesn't retain the aromas or the bubbles, which come quickly bursting to the surface. As a result, the medal for the best glass for champagne drinking does NOT go to the coupe ...

But it has had one small victory: many French people still talk about a "coupe de champagne", even when it is served in a flute or other glass.

Our score: 2/10

So, you’ve now discovered that the best glass from which to drink your champagne is a wine glass! But if, despite our ratings, you still can’t make up your mind, you can always drink from the bottle (but shhh, you didn't hear it from us!).