A Saint-Emilion wine should be served in a glass worthy of its quality.
A Saint-Emilion wine should be served in a glass worthy of its quality. To be certain, there is a simple experiment: with no-one watching, pour the same wine into a water glass and a wine glass. Then present both to your guests and ask them which is better... Undoubtedly, the unanimous answer will be the one from the wine glass.
Wine must be allowed to breathe in a tall stemmed glass, to let the flavours unfold and subtly evolve... When a Saint-Emilion wine is served in a tulip-shaped wine glass, ensure that the level does not exceed a third of the glass, so that tasters can swirl it around the glass, gently holding the stem.
Watch it swivel and dance. When the glass is set down, drops of wine will flow slowly down the inside of the glass – this effect is caused by glycerol, which gives the wine a sense of thickness.
Now bring the glass to your nose and inhale the extraordinary aromas it gives off. This incredible aroma changes depending on where you place your nose; either on the rim, the edge or in the centre of the glass. This double odour is one of the many curiosities associated with the art of wine tasting.
"Life is too short to drink good wine in a bad glass" - Georg Riedel (Riedel Glassware)