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“Synergie” and the physics of sparkling wine

At the Crayères Restaurant in Reims where he is head sommelier (and where more Champagne is sold than in any other restaurant in France) Philippe Jamesse felt a lingering frustration with the Champagne glasses. They were not properly shaped to offer a tasting sensation up to par with the generosity of chef Philippe Mille’s cuisine. So Philippe Jamesse went about designing his own glass. Thus was conceived “Synergie”, the last creation in the Jamesse Prestige line of wine glasses. Synergie is a spheric glass in the shape of an inverted bulb. Tall, elegant, harmonious, it has an astonishing graceful silhouette and seems to rule over the rest of the glassware set of a table, like a king over his court. What makes it different is that the bowl, that sits atop a long stem, is narrow at the base and widens until two thirds of the way up and narrows again at the rim to concentrate aromas.

Philippe Jamesse

“Synergie’s shape is an answer to the physics of sparkling wine”, says Philippe Jamesse. “The idea is to liberate the aromas, and to protect the bubbles while giving them enough space to express freely all of their finesse and energy. The bubbles are the carriers of aromas, but the more they rise in the glass, the more they get loaded with CO2 and the bigger and softer they get. Synergie allows the bubbles to rise while retaining their firmness and delicateness, therefore  maximizing their aromatic expression.”

Synergie has been eight years in the making. It is the child of an ongoing partnership between Philippe Jamesse and Lehman Glass. It possesses an optimal capacity to convey aromas, with a deep respect for the wine.