In 2019, Tasting Notes

Switzerland (Grassl) versus Austria (Zalto) Match

I opened a bottle of l’Eglise Clinet 1975 to test both Grassl and Zalto Bordeaux series glasses.

My experience of using these two glasses was like watching a live soccer match, each scoring their deadly goal!

First half, the nose on Grassl was tight and focused, Zalto aroma was much more spreadout, palette wise, there was also significant differences, Zalto could not taste the tannins of the wines, so the entry was smoother, whereas Grassl wasn’t as forgiving as Zalto, revealing huge amount of tannins in the body of the wine.

First half winner goes to Zalto 0 to 1.

The mid game second half was more of a midfield game, more passing around than attack and defense. The wine has finally opened up to be much more approachable after an hour or so, Grassl bouquet was stunning while the palette was more forgiving, whereas Zalto has maintained status quo, almost no change to it’s strategy.

Second half it was Grassl winning, 1-1, a tie.

Extra time, it was all about who gives me the most pleasure; after a few subconscious sips (I don’t want to pay too much attention to the content pleasure, let it come naturally), I simply ended up holding the Grassl glass more, as it gives me the gentleness of the ripe fruit on the palette, the wine was more airy and approachable, whereas Zalto was still giving me slightly grippy tire feeling (tannins in play here).

I concluded that Grassl is more suitable for aged Bordeaux wines (wines with 15 years of age or beyond), whereas Zalto was more suitable for the young Bordeaux wines, and for touch and go pleasure rather than having a long haul drinking session. I have to declare Grassl a better made glass than Zalto. 2-1.


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