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.

Riedel Cognac Snifters and Glasses

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.


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Jacki has been with Cognac Expert from virtually the beginning. She's the senior editor of the blog, and has spent much of her life living in rural France. Today she's based back in the UK, where she splits her working life between writing for Cognac Expert and working as a Paramedic at a large regional hospital.

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    So wait, what does the winning glass look like? Is it the glass on the right in the first of the two pictures in this article? The one that looks like a “Cognac Hennessy” glass from Reidel’s Vinum line? Or the cognac glass from their Sommeliers line that has a less flared lip? Ones like that are the shape I saw recommended after a big conference a few years ago. But if these guys chose something else I’d like to see it.

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