How to choose the right wine glass?

Dec 1, 2022 | Wines

A wine glass must meet the 3 main stages of a tasting carried out according to the rules of the art: visual examination, olfactory examination and gustatory examination. In other words, the wine glass must allow you to visualize the wine's color, release its aromas and reveal its full flavor.
However, depending on the type of wine, its color or its region, the glass to be used may be quite different. The many wines offered by Bernard Magrez's House, from Vineyards in 9 different countries, can only be fully appreciated with the right wine glass.

Without a doubt, the glass plays an essential role in wine tasting, and undeniably influences the way wine is perceived. Its choice is therefore crucial. But how do you choose the right wine glass?

 

Some general advice on choosing a wine glass

In general, whatever the type of wine, here are a few tips for choosing a glass that will allow you to fully appreciate its aromas.

- The glass must be thin-walled and transparent, so that the color and brilliance of the wine can be better perceived and appreciated. No pattern or opacity. It's up to the glass to stand aside from the wine.
- The volume must be large enough to allow proper oxygenation and release all the wine's aromas. It also makes it easier to swirl the wine.
- The ideal shape is a glass with a wide surface at the base and a narrower opening to concentrate the aromas.
- The stem should be long enough to ensure a good grip and prevent human heat from influencing the temperature of the wine.
- The ideal material for a wine glass is crystal, which gives more intense, fragrant aromas than a "classic" glass. It goes without saying that plastic glasses should be avoided at all costs!

 

Glasses for red wine

For red wines, the glass should be large enough to appreciate the aromas, flared at the bottom and slightly narrower at the top. However, the choice of red wine glass will depend on the origin of the wine you wish to taste. In fact, there are different types of glass with different shapes:

- Bordeaux glass: tulip-shaped, this relatively tall glass is well-suited to the tannic red wines of the Bordeaux region.
- Burgundy glass: also known as a "balloon" because of its rounded shape, this wider glass tapers towards the top and is perfect for Burgundy wines, especially Pinot Noir.
- The standard glass: very similar to the tulip-shaped wine glass (the Bordeaux glass), but generally larger and bulkier.

 

White wine glasses

For white wines, we opt for smaller, narrower glasses than for reds. The glass is also narrower at the top. This is because, unlike red wine, which generally needs to be oxygenated, a narrower opening concentrates the aromas of white wine. What's more, this helps to maintain the wine's temperature, which is lower for a white wine, thus preserving the necessary freshness.

 

The Graves classification

Like the Saint-Émilion classification, the Grave classification was set up by the Institut National des Appellations d'Origine at the request of the Syndicat de défense de l'appellation des Graves, just two years before, in 1953.

With the exception of 1959, this classification has never been modified, and distinguishes both red and white wines. It comprises a total of 16 châteaux, all classified at the same level: Grand Cru Classé de Graves. In fact, unlike the 1855 classification or the Saint-Emilion classification, there is no differentiating category for this classification. Our Château Pape Clément is of course included.
Some châteaux are classified for both red and white wines.

All the châteaux are found in the same appellation zone (AOP), i.e. . Pessac-Léognan.

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