When you decide that you want to pursue serving wines in wine glasses by type, it is important to take into consideration the traditional ideas of the senses of taste when it comes to flavor receptors on the tongue. Each glass is designed to direct the wine to different areas of the tongue to bring out different flavors depending on the varietal that is being served.
Many wine connoisseurs consider Bordeaux as a staple when it comes to red wines. Typically Bordeaux wine glasses are designed specifically with a deep and wide bowl that tapers up to a smaller rim at the top of the glass. This shape of glass is commonly seen at the traditional red wine glass and allows the younger wines to breathe in order to open up the oaky and dry flavors of the Bordeaux. The thin rim on the glasses lets the wine flow smoothly onto the tongue in order to release the full flavors of the wine.
Unlike many other varietals of wine that use specific grapes to create its flavor, red Bordeaux wines features a variety of grapes that are typically blended together such as malbec, cabernet, merlot, and carménére grapes, which is why the wines are typically younger and are served in Bordeaux glasses.
With the blending of grapes, Bordeaux wines are not named after the specific type of grape, but rather after the region in which the grapes are grown. The Bordeaux region in France is the only area in which this varietal of wine comes from. This region has a soil that is heavy in calcium and typically composed of gravel, limestone and clay, which gives Bordeaux wines their unique flavor that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.