Magnums and Double Magnums
"If a magnum is the perfect size for two gentlemen over lunch, especially if one isn’t drinking*," what's a Double Magnum?"
Self indulgent hedonistic get-away of a couple madly in love (with wine ofcourse!)?
Large formats have always been an advisable collector's item if one intends to especially keep those wines a few decades or more because the wine gets its time to age slowly and gracefully as it pleases.
There's a lot of science behind it (mainly to do with ratio of oxygen and liquid in the bottle). The reality is it can be a bit of challenge to spot the difference even for experts in early years.
However, once the bottle goes past two decades, the differences are hard to miss. Three decades or more and any regular drinker on the street will be able to notice that evolution.
We became interested in magnums and double magnums because a few years ago customers started reaching out for special years for their 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th..
Tignanello 1997 was one of the bottles that we first sought. The bottle did such a showing we immediately started looking for larger formats. It's been a few yrs and our little collection has since grown to include a suite of magnums and double magnums across famous tuscan estates.
As I reflect on this collection I often wonder if @coravin was actually created to preserve these bottles instead? I mean a 75cl cannot last beyond a couple of days, for any serious drinker right? Can it?
Price and rarity are real challenges. But if you can get past those considerations, we would strongly urge you if you are collecting for special years, to always have a magnum or double magnum at least for that special vintage. Along with the 75cls as part of your plan, these would add some v special joy to that v v special evening in the future.🍷🎂
Decanter ran an interesting tasting comparing a bottle with a double magnum of the same wine across five vintages and other famous critics such as Jancis Robinson weighed in. Links below.
The first quote is widely on the net alluded to by numerous people as coming from their 'friend'. Seems that 'friend' was none other than Sir Winston Churchill.🍷
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