08 Drink Cham­pagne from a proper glass

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If you pour fizz in tra­di­tional flutes or coupes you are, sadly, in er­ror, says Max­i­m­il­ian Riedel, CEO and 11th gen­er­a­tion of the epony­mous Aus­trian glass­mak­ers. The world’s winer­ies use his fam­ily-owned com­pany’s stemware to op­ti­mise flavour via clever de­signs crafted for in­di­vid­ual grape va­ri­etals: Riedel makes more than 450 dif­fer­ent shaped ves­sels, and con­tin­ues to de­velop more. A wider glass will re­lease more flavours and the new Per­for­mance range boasts an “op­tic im­pact” — ridg­ing, in other words — on the in­side, cre­at­ing a larger sur­face area within the glass. Cue flavour ex­plo­sions. Here’s our pick of the best bub­blies to serve in them.

RD Ex­tra Brut 2004, by Cham­pagne Bollinger A by­word for qual­ity, the “re­cently dis­gorged” Bollinger bot­tles ben­e­fit from ex­tended ag­ing. The lat­est vin­tage to re­ceive this spe­cial treat­ment is its 2004, which has warm and rounded bis­cuit flavours with a hint of trop­i­cal fruit. 12% ABV, £150/75cl; bbr.com

Rosé 2005, by Dom Pérignon Fas­tid­i­ous chef de cave Richard Ge­of­froy was the first to es­pouse Rei­del’s Pinot Noir glass for his house’s rosé Cham­pagne, bow­ing to its key grape. En­joy this pink nectar ten-fold in the new range. 12.5% ABV, £265/75cl; the­whiskyex­change.com

Blanc de Blancs NV, by Charles Hei­d­sieck Made solely from Chardon­nay grapes, Blanc de Blancs de­mands a wide glass to show it off. One of the ear­li­est adopters of this style, the house of the orig­i­nal “Cham­pagne Char­lie” re­leased a non-vin­tage ver­sion this year. 12% ABV, £70/75cl; leaand­sande­man.co.uk

Serve the Charles Hei­d­sieck in Riedel’s Mon­tra­chet/ Chardon­nay glass, above, £45 for two; riedel.com

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