The flute has lost favour with wine lovers as well asÂ some experts as a vessel forÂ serving champagne. MostÂ people agree that the fluteâ€™sÂ shape is ideal for preservingÂ the bubbles but the aromasÂ get lost if you canâ€™t swirlÂ the champagne like with aÂ fine still wine to release itsÂ bouquet. Others disagree.
According to Avery Gilbert,Â author of the book, â€œWhatÂ the Nose Knows: TheÂ Science of Scent in EverydayÂ Lifeâ€, the bursting bubblesÂ release aroma enrichedÂ aerosol. â€œMy take,â€ he says,Â â€œis that for the best aromaÂ perception, youâ€™d want toÂ maximize the bubble fluxÂ through an air column withÂ a cross-section similar toÂ that of the nostrils. So Iâ€™dÂ go with flute over tulip, andÂ hands-down over coupe.â€
My own view is thatÂ aesthetics make a difference and theÂ flute is far more elegantÂ for drinking champagneÂ than a white wine glass.Â The fluteâ€™s association withÂ champagne makes it tasteÂ better and outweighs otherÂ considerations.
Â Â Â FILL YOUR FLUTE WITH FIZZ â€“Â From value sparklingÂ wine to celebratoryÂ Champagne, pop the corkÂ with these bubbles
FRATELLI VINEYARDSâ€™Â GRAN CUVÃ‰E BRUT:Â If you like a dry, crisp bubbly,Â this 100% Chenin Blanc
with its delicate creamyÂ is for you. Rs 1,120.
GROVER ZAMPAÂ VINEYARDSâ€™ AURIGA:Â A new release, Auriga,Â pictured, adds aÂ little extra oomph to yourÂ celebration with its dustingÂ of gold flakes and fresh noseÂ of citrus and floral aromas. RsÂ 1,550.
TAITTINGER BRUT:Â From one of my favouriteÂ producers, an easy to love Champagne with fine bubbles and subtle, citrus notes, Rs 6,100
TAITTINGER PRESTIGE ROSÃ‰: An exceptional rosÃ©, allÂ strawberries and cherries withÂ good mid-palate depth and a long finish, Rs 8,800.Â
MOÃ‹T IMPÃ‰RIAL: AnÂ iconic Champagne withÂ an abiding appeal that tastesÂ as good as it looks.Â Pictured here is a limited editionÂ bottle. Rs 7,260.Â