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There was a time during pandemic where half-bottles were a practical alternative to a full bottle, for those of us that were flying solo during lockdown or attempting moderation– a practice that was already notoriously difficult in this industry, but especially so during a year like 2020.
Then we evolved — or devolved(?) — back to our 750s. “Maybe I’ll drink the bottle over a few nights, or identify some safe friends to share my Riesling with.”
Fast-forward to today, when the buzz and positivity for a new post-pandemic reality is being felt all around us. More people? More parties? More formats. After a significant stretch of worry and uncertainty, we can’t think of a better way to welcome summer.
And so, in the spirit of people being able to see their people for the first time in a hot minute, and the necessary celebration that comes with it…
It’s time to drink some magnums.*
*All suggestions pair well with food, friends, and merriment. If you need more of an incentive to seek out these BFGs, see the bottom of this post.
Champagne already inspires celebration, and Jérôme Dehours’ excellent Grand Reserve is serious party wine. Made up of mostly Meunier from the western part of the Marne Valley, the purest salty, juicy expression of the grape shows in every glass. Dehours’ wines are always a more savory in style with an incredibly distinct yeasty, sourdough quality, and opening a magnum of this wine gives a whole new meaning to “breaking bread” with those we’ve missed.Abby Oliveras, Brand Ambassador - Champagne, Germany, & Austria
Big Salt is a white wine that embodies a day at the beach. It’s bright, fresh, dry and a bit salty (although no salt is added!) – once it’s done, you’re left wanting more. This wildly aromatic wine is laced with Gewurztraminer and Muscat overtones, notes of citrusy Riesling, and stone fruit and white tea complete the complex aromatics. The palate is filled with texture, herbal hints from Pinot Blanc, and finishes with bright acidity. Big Salt pairs well with fish tacos, pesto chicken pasta, pad thai, and definitely with friends, so make sure you grab a magnum!Ryan O'Rourke, USA Portfolio Associate
This gorgeous big bottle proved to be the perfect accompaniment to my recent rustic picnics in the rugged Yellowstone country of Wyoming. The Memorial Day weekend and the wild country of the West were excellently matched with the bracing rosé nectar from the high altitude vines of the Côtes de Provence.
The ancient Château du Rouét, which pre-dates the French Revolution, produced a 2020 of supreme balance and chiseled floral fruit, despite a dry growing season. This mouthwatering rosé has a translucent glow that puts your mind squarely in the breathtaking Estérel mountains, where the vines are found, not far from the beaches of Cannes. The lacy texture and vibrant blood orange and peach notes conjure the fragrant saltiness of the Mediterranean and the subtle notes of the wild thyme and rosemary, that grow around the slopes of the Château, add beautiful complexity to the wine.
The blend of 50% Grenache, 20% Cinsault, 20% Syrah, 10% Tibourenc is absolutely singing in 2020, all enclosed in the classic and striking Provencal hourglass bottle. This magnum is the perfect way to forget the last 12 months and celebrate the summer of 2021 with friends and family. David Hinkle, Chief French Officer
Much like Beaujolais Nouveau, this wine undergoes a short fermentation and is meant to be enjoyed upon release. You don’t even need to invite your friends to the park if you’re bringing this – you’ll make new ones soon enough!Cody Stephenson, World Portfolio Manager
Lest we forget some batched-cocktail goodness…
THE BERGAMOT SPRITZ
- 24 oz or about 2 bottles of Prosecco della Contessa
- 8 oz Square One Bergamot Vodka
- 8 oz Bigallet China China Amer
- 8 oz sparkling water
Pour ingredients into punch bowl, add small orange wheels, blood orange or kumquats for presentation, and a large block of ice. Ice will accomplish two things, chilling the cocktail and adding dilution. Serve in glasses over more ice.
Magnums expose double the amount of wine to roughly the same amount of oxygen, lengthening the aging process and keeping wines fresher for longer.
Older vintages of wine in magnum are likely to be in better condition than those in 750s, making them great for cellaring and collecting!
Thicker, heavier glass used for larger formats protect wine from heat, light, and travel-related vibrations.
THE OBVIOUS — THEY’RE SUPER FUN!
If you haven’t shown up to a festive occasion or outdoor hang with a magnum before, you should try it! They just feel more special than 750s– and immediately set the tone for celebration.