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 mentioned. The actual design for the bowl-shaped glass is attributed to the French author and satirist Marquis de Saint-Evremond (1610-1703), who did great service to the popularity and spread of champagne. However, it is not ideally suited for sparkling wine, as the carbonic acid beads and aromas dissipate too quickly due to the large surface area of the liquid. The narrow high flûte is far better suited for this. Champagne purists claim that the only sensible use of 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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