“Beautiful yet functional” is how internationally acclaimed wine critic James Suckling describes his new 100 POINTS glass and stemware collection, which is a joint creation with France’s most esteemed crystal maker, LALIQUE.
The American has tasted more than 150,000 different wines over his 30 years as a wine taster. He dreamt for decades about creating his own collection of wine glasses, and after careful consideration for the ultimate company to work with, he asked LALIQUE. The two designed the 100 POINTS universal wine glass, which was launched in September 2012. The luxury glass is wonderful to drink any type of wine – white or red, young or old, first growth or “petit château”. Being heavier than most other wine glasses on the market, it is a substantial piece of stemware in anybody’s hand.
With a name referring to the wine scoring system, 100 POINTS is a hand-made collection that embraces a modern design and precise utility while exemplifying the established style of LALIQUE: crystal fashioned by the best glass-masters, “U” shaped bowl and distinctive frosted rib stem to obtain the characteristic contrast of clear and satin-finish. LALIQUE, which was established by René Lalique over 100 years ago, has a long tradition for making wine glasses beginning with ranges such as BARSAC and BEAUNE, which were both popular in the 1930s and 1940s.
[pullquote]“My dream of an amazing stemware collection for all occasions is realized”, he says. “Just holding one of the glasses with its sensual stem and beautiful feel takes wine drinking to a different level.”[/pullquote]
“I grew up in Los Angeles and my parents and grandparents had LALIQUE at home, and it was always considered the benchmark for beautiful crystal in my family”, says James Suckling, who worked almost 30 years for the American wine magazine “The Wine Spectator” before starting his own wine tasting and video website www.jamessuckling.com. He is also the wine editor for a group of nine Asian luxury magazines including Hong Kong Tatler, Macau Tatler, and Singapore Tatler.
LALIQUE and Suckling are now launching a comprehensive 100 POINTS collection with eight pieces complementary to the universal wine glass: Bordeaux glass, Burgundy glass, Champagne glass and water glass, two tumblers of different sizes, wine decanter and water decanter. A perfect collection for those who wish to combine the aesthetics of a beautiful table to a memorable drinking pleasure. With different bowl shapes optimized for each type of wine, these glasses display a unique style through the frosted crystal ribs engraved on their legs, stopper or body. Drinking wine in a 100 POINTS glass is a sensual and delightful experience. It’s an everyday luxury for any wine lover.