SOMMELIERS (1973)The introduction of the SOMMELIERS series in 1973 achieved worldwide recognition. A glass was born that turns a sip into a celebration - a wine’s best friend - fine-tuned to match the grape! We invite you to share this fascinating and unique experience. You don’t need to be a wine writer, a winemaker, or an expert to taste the difference that a RIEDEL glass can make.
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. A sip from this glass of a brandy such as these is a truly outstanding tasting experience: fruit, body, finesse, and fire.