Finding the perfect size bottle for the coming festivities
Odd sized bottles tend to have their moment in the spotlight at this time of year. Of course, we’re big fans of them all year round but, the festive gatherings tend to call for something different. Whether that be a half bottle of Champagne as a gift, a double magnum to quench the thirst of the many, or a small bottle of top class Sauternes to finish on.
We have put together a list of our favourites but there are plenty more on the website should none of the below take your fancy.
Philipponat are consistent in quality and always well priced. A classic tasting Champagne with good acidity and balance. Each NV Reserve is blended with a percentage of reserve wine from a Solera system of ageing to add depth and complexity.
A small but perfectly formed bottle of Sassicaia from a good vintage. 2008 is relaxed and elegant with a lovely hint of spice on the nose and a smooth finish.
Whilst many enjoy a glass of something sweet with pudding, Yquem is so satisfyingly complex and interesting that a small glass is the perfect amount.
A well-made crowd pleaser, this is a great value magnum from a great producer that has a good amount of age behind it. Bright, mid-weight with good acidity and still plenty of fresh cherry fruit in action.
Classic Chateauneuf du Pape from the regions most well-known producer. Despite their fame the wines are consistent in quality and still offer good value. 2017 is one of the great vintages of the last decade but may be a little young. However, decanting early should do the trick.
2006 wasn’t the greatest year for Lynch Bages but the wine has aged far more gracefully in magnum. Soft, supple with a fresh, almost racy edge that gives way to rich, dark berry fruit. A little dry on the finish this is a claret that likes to be paired with food.
Donna Olimpia have done a wonderful job with the 2016 Millepassi. It is big and punchy to start with, lots of fruit and tannins, but then begins to settle and evolve with more nuanced, aromatic layers emerging. Lots of claret like tobacco and leather notes but a layer of fruit that hints at its Italian origins.
A single vineyard Barolo from a highly regarded and consistent producer. The 2016 offers intensity and power without losing a sense of elegance and clarity. A little young still this would benefit from decanting early to allow some breathing time.