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The Difference Between Burgundy And Bordeaux Wine Glasses
From stemmed or stemless to red, white, or sparkling, choosing a wine glass can be complicated, particularly if you’re trying to enhance your wine-drinking experience. Luckily if you’re drinking red, two of the most common glasses you'll choose from are a Bordeaux or Burgundy glass, each of which can significantly affect how you enjoy your wine.
A Bordeaux glass is probably what you envision when you think of a red wine glass; it is designed for big, bold red wines with a long stem, and deep bowl that slightly tapers off toward the top. On the other hand, a Burgundy glass is shorter, with a bigger, more bulbous bowl and a wider brim designed to bring out the more delicate notes of lighter red wines.
The Burgundy glass’s wide brim channels the wine toward the tip of the tongue and allows for more aeration to bring out more delicate flavors. On the contrary, the Bordeaux glass is designed to have a large chimney — the space between the wine and the glass’s rim — to channel the wine to the back of the throat and allow for oxygen to soften the tannins.
Bordeaux glasses are best for full-bodied red wines like cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and other strong wines like syrah, malbec, and petite sirah, while Burgundy glasses are best for lighter reds like pinot noir, Beaujolais, and Barbaresco. Since the glasses affect the aeration and where the wine hits your palate, it’s best not to swap between the two.