At the invitation of the cooperage company, Radoux, Monday evening at the Restaurant Golf du Cognac saw a visit from the owner of the famous Austrian crystal company – Riedel Crystal.
Georg Riedel came to spend an evening with various cognac producers, cellar masters and connoisseurs – including Bernard Hine, president of Hine Cognac. The aim of the evening was to demonstrate the influence of the glass or crystal drinking vessel on eaux-de-vie.
Mr Riedel, considered the ‘Mozart’ of his trade and the tenth generation of his 250 year company, delighted all with an evening of pure entertainment and education. He said,
“Our senses, sight, touch, hearing, smell, taste, are the basis of any sensation of pleasure. I create lenses that transcend the senses. They are tools, messengers of wine and eaux-de-vie.”
After their technical tasting session, it was a unanimous decision as to the favourite glass for cognac – which was a copy of a hand blow, lead crystal cognac glass.
Bernard Hine said of the evening,
“”Of course I know the Riedel crystal glasses. We work a lot on the issue of what the best glass is, how to enjoy cognac. Tonight we had proof that the big baloon glass is to be avoided: it releases alcoholic aromas like a steam locomotive.”
Christian Liagre, of the Group Radoux who organized the evening was delighted with how it went. The sensory experience will be available for customers who’ll be able to have copies of the glasses to repeat the experience at home.