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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Why would a producer rave about their entry level bottling so much? This historical tuscan estate is so proud they almost wear it on their sleeve.
This was the question that kept going through my mind on and on as we sat down to taste the Barco Reale from Capezzana for the first time.
First introduced with the 1984 Vintage, Barco Reale is an initiation into the house of Capezzana where the grapes get the same care and attention as their flagship Villa di Capezzana DOCG.
Althiugh the first tasting confirmed it was more than an easy drinking bottle, it wasn't until a couple of years later when we opened a 6 bottle pack that a customer had ordered and left it with us and later changed their mind, that we truly understood this wine.
Barco Reale di Carmignano DOC takes its name from the Medici property whose boundaries were defined by the "wall of BarcoReale", more than 50 kms long.
It is a tuscan wine that is produced with the same grapes as the flagship Villa di Capezzana DOCG (Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon), plus the addition of Canaiolo and vinified in steel tanks and developed for about 12 months in allier barrels. A further 3 months in the bottle gets the wine ready to hit the foreign shores.
Barco is meant to be drunk young. Most people probably won't take it beyond its 2nd anniversary. Yet, what we are discovering is the bottle starts to turn into something else, at the turn of its 3rd anniversary and continues to blossom into 4th . A bottle enclosed was opened and heartily enjoyed with a variety of food today.
Normally $38. Now $29. For 6, at the lightest of light wallet price of $27/- Extreme value to firmly drive away CB blues.
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