Champagne bubble test to coupe glass.

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Champagne bubble test delivers the coup de grâce to coupe glass.

Champagne bubble test - The coupe, second from left, is said to be modelled on Madame de Pompadour ’s bust. It kept fizzing for only 17 minutes compared with 1 hour 29 minutes for flutes - Image Credits: Richard Pohle - The Times 2018.

Champagne bubble test – The coupe, second from left, is said to be modelled on Madame de Pompadour ’s bust. It kept fizzing for only 17 minutes compared with 1 hour 29 minutes for flutes – Image Credits: Richard Pohle – The Times 2018.

IIn most of their required roles the breasts of the mistress of Louis XV of France offered, it seems safe to say, exemplary service. But it turns out that they are very bad in the one role that still remains for them: providing a template for glassware.

Coupe glasses have long vied with flutes as the classic shape in which to serve champagne. Now an investigation into the properties of the flattened glasses, legendarily modelled on the bust of Madame de Pompadour, the 18th-century amour of the king of France, has found that they all but guarantee that your drink will go flat.

For the last of The Times’ Christmas experiments, the science team researched how the shape of a glass affected the fuzziness of the wine.

 

Information and Image are shared from an Article by Tom Whipple, Science Editor, published by The Times on December 22, 2018. Image Credit: Richard Pohle – The Times 2018.


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