Verrerie La Rochère

Carafe Surcouf (1950)

The glassmaking company of La Rochère, in France’s Franche-Comté, has been making traditional French glassware since 1475 and is the longest continuous running glass factory in Europe. Despite repeated destruction, once by a fire that destroyed the entire village and later by the Thirty Years’ War, the rebuilt glassworks grew and flourished, and their products include a wide range of elegant glassware, stemware, vases and bowls.

Earlier decanters were much more akin to traditional bottles, but the elongated neck and the vast chamber of the Surcouf served the purpose better. It enables the maximum amount of air to reach the largest surface of wine, allowing the aroma’s to be released and enhancing the flavours. The efficiency and the elegance of the Surcouf makes it the favorite decanter among sommeliers. An iconic innovation.

Why on Wikiconic?
La Rochère is the oldest glass maker in Europe, and the Carafe Surcouf is a brilliant innovation – changing the way decanters should look and work.
No alternatives (yet).
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© La Rochère, Passavant La Rochère, France

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