Flute vs Coupe

17th November 2016

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Is it better to serve your Champagne, Prosecco and other sparkling wines in flutes or in coupes? Flutes seem to be the modern choice, but coupes have all the style and elegance of a bygone era.

COUPE OR FLUTE?

The Coupe is the first style of glassware made specifically for serving Champagne. As such, it has a nostalgic and romantic image, reminiscent of 20’s and 30’s movie stars. The Champagne coupe is designated for a more taste-oriented purpose. Those who drink Champagne from a wide bowl like this are more interested in the full body and flavour of the wine and not just the bubbles. The wide bowl of the coupe allows the Champagne to open up to give a ‘fuller’ taste.

On the other hand, some experts say that Champagne must be served in a flute or tulip shaped glass. A flute is held by the stem so that your hands don’t warm the wine. This shape is said to enhance the aroma of the Champagne and encourage the flow of the bubbles.

There are pros and cons to each style and you must be the final arbiter of what suits you. What you can rely on, however, is a vast range of both coupes and flutes to choose from in the Artis catalogue.

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