Whether you prefer a champagne coupe or saucer, or a classic flute, our wine expert tells us which champagne glasses you should be using to get the most out of your sparkling wine.
Best champagne glasses
Champagne saucers, also known as coupes, were allegedly inspired by the shape of Marie Antoinette’s breasts and have enjoyed a recent revival among modish drinkers for their deliciously decadent, retro feel. These taper inwards at the top to retain bubbles and aromas; très chic.
Tall, thin and elegant, like the best-dressed guest at a wedding, flutes are the most commonly used glasses for sparkling wine. Riedel make some of the best glasses in the world; these are beautiful to look at and to hold.
Champagne purists these days prefer a normal wine glass shape to saucers (which often let the bubbles dissipate too quickly) and flutes (which retain bubbles well but don’t have space for aromas to develop). These are the crème de la crème: expensive, but they can be used for any wines, and are reassuringly dishwasher proof.