With ‘Les Impitoyables®’ tasting becomes perfection. Our glasses are specially designed to reveal all of the qualities of each wine. Each style of wine has its own glass shape to release the flavors and serve just the right volume to reveal the wine’s quintessence. Each ‘Les Impitoyables’ glass is a unique handmade and off-hand blown piece created according to great glassmaking traditions. Glass No. 1 - Lighter Wines Tasting Glass: Light wines (red or white) The elongated shape and sleek contours propel the fruity floral aromas up the glass for very pure olfactory sensations. The moderate size of the glass allows light and delicate wines to subtly reveal their flavours without excessive aeration. Glass No. 2 - Young Wines Tasting Glass: Bold young wines (red or white) With a very large aeration surface this glass is ideal for bold concentrated young wines as it tames their tannins. The very angular shape prevents the wine from running down the sides of the glass to contain the perceptions created by the alcohol. The large volume inside the glass releases and refines the aromas before they reach the top of the glass. The narrow mouth concentrates the bouquet inside the glass and attenuates the initial impression on the palate. Glass No. 3 - Mature Wines Tasting Glass: Bold mature wines (red or white) With its elongated oval shape this glass prevents sudden movements that might traumatize a noble mature wine by excessive aeration. The relatively wide shape generously diffuses the bouquet. Thus preserved the wine reveals the secrets of his long maturation. The wide aperture reveals the fullness and harmony of the wine on the palate. Glass No. 4 - Sparkling Wines Tasting Glass: Sparkling wines Tapered to contain just the right volume while minimizing aeration this glass has a frosted area at the base to help columns of bubbles rise to the surface. The widest part at the top of the glass intensifies the perception of aromas and hinders their dispersion. USING A TASTING GLASS The glass should be filled no higher than the broadest part of the body allowing a maximum exposure to the air causing the aromas to develop and intensify. The broad surface will also allow the optimal opportunity to examination the surface of the wine. By filling the glass to only one-third of its capacity space remains for the aromas of the wine – its bouquet – to develop. As the wine begins to evaporate its various aromatic elements begin to concentrate in this area and taster is able to fully appreciate all the wine has to offer over the course of the tasting. Please note: before each tasting purists will rinse each glass with a little wine.