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The champagne glass in the shape of a shallow bowl, particularly common in the 19th century. According to legend, it is modelled on the bosom of the French Queen Marie-Antoinette (1755-1793). However, other ladies are also named. The actual design for the bowl-shaped glass is attributed to the French author and satirist Marquis de Saint-Évremond (1610-1703), who made a great contribution to the popularity and spread of champagne. However, it is not ideal for sparkling wine as the carbon dioxide bubbles and flavours evaporate too quickly due to the large surface area of the liquid. The narrow high flûte is far better suited to this. Champagne purists claim that the only sensible use for the coupe is to build a Champagne tower and then enjoy the poured sparkling wine as quickly as possible. See also under wine vessels and wine glasses.

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