Why are magnums the best choice for Christmas?
This year the big celebrations and roaring parties will give way to smaller groups of friends and family that, despite different circumstances, will hopefully be having a Christmas toast while exchanging presents. As the festive feeling slowly grows, the same old habit of buying ‘special’ wine is set to stay.
So why are magnums the best choice this Christmas?
Keeping the spirit of ‘festivity’ high: A magnum-sized bottle has always screamed ‘celebration’, and, this year more than ever, it’s important to keep the festive Christmas spirit high. The combination of selecting an important wine and having it in large format is definitely a winning one.
Perfect for the ‘rule-of-six’ gatherings: As the rule of six is predicted to stay in place until March 2021, a magnum will be the perfect format for such gatherings, serving exactly six 250ml glasses of wine. Easy!
A beautiful present idea: Eye-catching and exciting, a magnum is the perfect present for family and friends.
Here are some of our favourites…
Bruno Paillard Brut Premiere Cuvee
Establishing their Maison in Reims back in 1981, Bruno Paillard is a young, dynamic and independent Champagne House that has quickly established a reputation for elegant wines with real style. The Brut Premiere Cuvee is a wonderfully elegant Champagne with delicate, freshly baked bread and citrus aromas. The palate is crisp, fresh and complex, with grapefruit, lime and subtle red berry fruit, alongside richer brioche notes.
Palmer & Co Blanc de Blancs
Champagne Palmer & Co is one of the most renowned Champagne Houses, with an international reputation for its highly acclaimed wines. Their Champagnes rest on their lees in a maze of deep, chalky galleries for a prolonged period of time, which goes to up to ten years or more for their magnums. Their world-renowned Blanc de Blancs presents delicate flavours and aromas of honeysuckle, citrus, white peach and almond, with freshness and a long, silky finish.
Vivanco Rioja Reserva
One of Rioja’s leading producers, Vivanco is renowned for their superb wines that are modern in style, but still reflect Rioja’s tradition and history. Fourth-generation winemaker Rafael Vivanco Saenz focuses on bright, juicy fruit flavours, and crafts wines that are made exclusively from the family’s vineyards. The Rioja Reserva is intense, with aromas of cinnamon and sage surrounded by fruity notes of cherry and blackberry, and a mineral and spicy character.
Chablis Domaine Jean Defaix
Daniel Dampt is one of Chablis’ most celebrated producers, and he produces wines both under his own name and that of Jean Defaix, his father-in-law. Working with his two sons, Vincent and Sebastien, the family produces clean, ultra-pure whites with bright, steely acidity and not so much as a hint of oak. Their Chablis is elegant, with great body and balance. Intensely fresh and bone dry, with steely flavours of apple and citrus and oodles of oyster shell minerality.
Chateau Peyrabon Haut Medoc
Situated in the appellation of Haut-Medoc, Chateau Peyrabon is a cru bourgeois with a strong personality. Current owner Patrick Bernard and his team are passionately dedicated to creating authentic wines that are elegant, silky, and marked by their freshness and fruity character. Their Haut Medoc has an expressive nose with smoky notes, ivy leaves, and oriental spices. On the palate, the wine is fresh, fine and delicate, with a medium finish.