Indulgences: Puiforcat Champagne Beaker

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Mark Twain put it best: “Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.” Indeed, for thousands of years the bubbly has been a symbol of festivity, considered the only libation fit for kings, even for legendary French Queen Marie Antoinette, who it is said once offered her breast to be the original shape for a Champagne glass’ sumptuous form. Did that really happen? Who knows. But who can resist a sparkling glass of something that inspires such decadent storytelling? Of course, such a drink needs a fitting vessel, like this one created by Puiforcat, the house made famous by Jean Elysee Puiforcat (hailed as France’s most important Art Deco silversmith) and now owned by Hermés, that other empire of style. Far from a traditional flute, this design was created in collaboration with Champagne maker Bruno Paillard. Its every detail—the pointed base, which helps concentrate aroma and protect effervescence; the sterling exterior, which frosts when cold Champagne is poured in and keeps it chilled; the three bands at the top that represent Champagne’s three classic grape varietals—is there to elevate the sensory experience, not to mention remind the lucky drinker of all the history and symbolism bubbling inside.

Puiforcat Champagne Beaker, Gold Gilt Version. Price available upon request. Neiman Marcus Home Décor, 390 Lorenzo Avenue, Coral Gables; 786-999-1000.

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