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A sip from the Riedel Sommelier Cognac XO glass of a brandy such as these is a truly outstanding tasting experience: fruit, body, finesse and fire.
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Hennessy’s top-quality brandies, such as XO and ‘Paradis’, are made from mature cognacs with an average age of at least 30 years. Over time, these cognacs lose harshness and acquire subtle, delicate flavours. The Riedel V.S.O.P. glass, deliberately designed to tone down any harshly alcoholic qualities, was found to suppress the fine bouquets of these venerable old brandies. What we were looking for was a shape that would concentrate their gentle nuances of bouquet and deliver the required intensity. We chose a small glass with a rounded ‘belly’ and a narrow ‘chimney’, through which these exquisite aromas could be funnelled.
Sommeliers – the world’s first grape varietal specific wine glass collection and a design revolution created by Claus J. Riedel (9th generation) who perfected glass design to its essence: bowl, stem and base. Thin-blown and unadorned, it adheres to the Bauhaus design principle of form follows function. Claus J. Riedel worked with experienced tasters and discovered that wine enjoyed from specifically designed glasses showed more depth and better balance than when served in generic glasses. In 1973 the Sommeliers collection achieved worldwide recognition. The glass collection covers 29 different shapes for wines, champagne and spirits.