Are flutes on their way out?

Winemakers, sommeliers and wine experts in general have been eschewing the classic flute

If you go down to Champagne today you wont be drinking Krug out of a flute. Winemakers, sommeliers and wine experts in general have been eschewing the classic flute for their fizz, preferring to use white wine glasses or tulip-shaped glasses instead.

Why? Though, the flute channels the effervescence to sparkling effect—showcasing the stream of bubbles as it spirals from the bottom to the top—it doesn’t allow the  bubbly to be fully expressive in terms of aroma and taste.

The once revered flute looks like it can inhibit our ability to explore the complexity of Cap Classique—and with that our full enjoyment of it. Well respected wine critic Antonio Galloni said: "if you drink a really well-made wine out of a flute, it’s like wearing a shoe that’s a size too small.”  He has a point.

And, Maximilian Riedel (of Riedel Crystal) has even said that his goal was to make Champagne flutes ‘obsolete’.

What do you think—should the flute fly the coop? Let us know in the comments.

 

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