The Bizarre Story Behind The Champagne Coupe

Ah, champagne. The bubbling booze of celebrations. The party drink for happy people. The wine that is most me.

Champagne and sparkling wines are quite wonderful drinks that people shy away from save for special occasions. To that I say: every weekend is a special occasion! Drink some champs! To make yourself feel fancy, drink it out of a coupe too.

These glasses are classically fancy and make you feel like some sort of Great Gatsby extra. You know what else they might make you feel like? A Versailles era royal because that’s exactly where they originated. Specifically, they come from Marie Antoinette.

This is where things get funny: the coupe is known for having a curvy, low, little form inspired by the queen. They’re petite pleasures! The Huffington Post explains why.

Legend has it that the coupe glass was molded from Marie Antoinette’s left breast, and that she wanted her court to toast her health by drinking from glasses shaped like her bosom. However, the truth is the glass was actually invented long before the reign of the queen, in 1663 in England. It was one of the first, if not the first, glasses invented specifically for drinking Champagne.

Interesting and interesting. While the glass may not be boob inspired, Antoinette did have a bowl made in the shape of her boob. In recent years, coupes have been made in the likeness of boobs of fashion models.

The real story behind the coupe actually takes the fanciness out of that which it was made to hold: it was inspired by beer vessels. Eater explains.

As for the coupe itself, which rose to prominence as sparkling wine did, it was the modified offshoot of a glassware look that worked for the cider and ale goblets that pleased aristocrats aesthetically. The commercial advancement of lead-fortified glass gave cups a brilliant luster, but also a substantial heft. As a result of the fortified glass’s heaviness, glassblowers shortened stems and widened bowls on conventional goblets. The bowl of the coupe—designed specifically for drinking sparkling wine—was a smaller than that of its cider and ale counterparts because the liquid itself was more expensive and had a higher percentage of alcohol, and as such was consumed in smaller servings. Breasts don’t explicitly come into play, but considering that a preoccupation with women’s bodies has always been a constant, it is nevertheless entirely possible the original fortifiers of coupes had them on the mind.

And there you have it: the real history behind the boobed glass.

Next time you go for a glass of champs, consider this when grabbing the coupes: the were canonically prepared to objectify women, to symbolize some adult tit sucking.

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